Watching him perform with Que Isso?, one can instantly appreciate Kyle Mcgyle’s love for this music. He puts his heart and soul into his playing, which is an experience to behold. Accompanied by humorous banter, stage antics and far out facial expressions, the audience can not help but be drawn in, and the shared experience is one of joy.
After moving on from pots and pans as a child, and rock, folk, and musical theatre gigs as a youth, Kyle graduated from music college. Cementing his jazz chops, Kyle attended the Banff Centre of the Arts where he got to jam with the likes of Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano and Kenny Werner. After a cross Canada/U.S. tour with Gnu and The Ragtime Millionaires, Kyle was off to work on Cruise ships, where he further honed his musical skills. Here he fell in love with the music of Brazil, which he visited numerous times, studying with some of the greats: Nenê (Hermeto Pascoal), Sergio Gomes, Zé Eduardo Nazario (Egberto Gismonti), Rogério Boccato, and Edu Ribeiro (Rosa Passos). It was this time spent living in São Paulo, traveling throughout the country and immersing himself in Brazilian culture, that gave Kyle the exotic style and flavour that he brings to his playing. After returning to Canada in 2006, Kyle longed for a Brazilian jazz band of the like he had been playing with in São Paulo. This vision came to fruition after meeting Attila, who also shared in the love of this music, and Que Isso? was born. Steve-o, who had been a longtime bandmate since attending Humber College with Kyle over a decade ago, became the perfect catalyst to actualize this unique, progressive, and high level music.
Kyle has also played with Ultra Magnus, Pico de Gallo, and Root Down; in festivals such as Blue Skies, Kaslo Jazz Festival, and Pop Montreal; and opening for bands such as Jeff Healey and Fishbone. Kyle also loves to drink yerba maté.
Steve grew up immersed in the music of Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, and 80′s power ballads, before earning a B.A. in Jazz and touring with the circus. His discovery of the rich tradition of Brazilian music came mainly from his relationship with Kyle and Attila. Although Steve isn’t as vocal on stage (except for an occasional human cuica), we can assure you he has quite the sense of humour, and may actually be the funniest of the three. As a professional bassist working in Toronto, Steve ends up playing pretty much every style of music conceivable, often in rather unusual settings; yet Steve is the most happy when playing sweet Brazilian grooves with good friends Kyle and Attila, in Que Isso? As a musical educator, Steve maintains a private teaching practice, providing instruction in bass, guitar, theory, and improvisation. He also has wicked hair.
Attila has been playing with Kyle Mcgyle and Que Isso? since the beginnings of the group in 2006, and has contributed many arrangements and compositions to the band’s repertoire and overall sound. His experience and passion for Brazilian jazz has flourished during this time and he loves bringing new musical ideas to the table for the band to work through.
Having spent time in Brazil on numerous occasions, traveling the countryside and major cities, he got the chance to drink deep of the music, culture, and cachaça. Attila is involved with the Brazilian culture in Toronto, practices Capoeira, speaks Portuguese, and brings a strong sense of the Brazilian style into the music he plays with Que Isso?, while mixing his own jazz roots and Hungarian background into the fold as well.
Attila has performed and recorded with New York based Brazilian jazz harmonica virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens (Oscar Castro-Neves), Indian stars such as oscar winner A.R. Rahman, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, and producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon), as well as many incredible Canadian musicians. He has produced, composed, arranged and performed for both major and independent labels in a diverse range of styles, including jazz, world music, rock, classical, Brazilian, latin, Indian fusion and lullabies for babies. He has also released two albums of his original music.
The great camaraderie within Que Isso?, both musical and otherwise, creates a relaxed, fun atmosphere, which in turn lends itself to musical risk-taking, exploration, and a sense of joy that can be felt when seeing this band.