Keyed Kontraptions was founded in 2016 as a duo of contra-bass wind instruments and continues to explore unique colors and instrumental combinations of the wind family. The members of Keyed Kontraptions advocate for contemporary music through commissioning projects, working directly with composers to expand their repertoire.
Saxophonist, Michael Hernandez is a founding member of the acclaimed Mana Quartet and has collaborated with many well known Bay Area organizations including Empyrean Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Santa Cruz Symphony, and others.
Clarinetist, Jon Szin is an active teacher, chamber musician, and co- founder/co-director of the SF-based wind octet, Nomad Session.
Bassoonist, Kris King is a founding member of Keyed Kontraptions, a member of the chamber groups Nomad Session and Elevate Ensemble and regularly performs as a freelance musician with several orchestras throughout California.