Saxophonist and Composer Kirsten Edkins resides in Los Angeles, where she is able to maintain a diverse career: from a regular horn player on NBC's The Voice, to performing regularly with Seth MacFarlane and jazz great, Bill Holman.
As a young alto player, Kirsten was inspired by Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, and Kenny Garrett. Later on inspired by tenor greats like John Coltrane, Rich Perry, Joe Henderson, and Eddie Harris, Edkins developed her voice on tenor as well. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, New York, Kirsten studied saxophone with Walt Weiskopf and renown saxophone educator, Ray Ricker. Prior to Eastman, Kirsten also studied with Bob Sheppard.
Moving back to the west coast after college, Kirsten has established herself as an active musician in the Los Angeles scene, which includes performances with jazz greats like Tim Hagans, Gary Smulyan, Joe LaBarbera, John Daversa, Clay Jenkins, Larry Koonse, Bill Cunliffe, Bernie Dresel, Wayne Bergeron and Pete Christlieb. In the pop world, Edkins has performed on several seasons of The Voice and American Idol. As well as shared the stage with Pharrell Williams, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Katharine McPhee, Adam Levine, Carrie Underwood, John Legend and Natalie Cole, among others.
In November 2015, Kirsten released her debut album "Art and Soul". The album features her original compositions and was produced by her mentor, Bob Sheppard. Joining with topnotch jazz artists, Larry Goldings, Larry Koonse, and Mark Ferber, the CD features both groovy Scofield/ Lovano-esque originals and straight-ahead styled songs. "Art and Soul" earned a spot in the top 15 albums on Jazz Week Charts and was featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Japanese Jazz Life Magazine, and allaboutjazz.com.
When she is not performing, Kirsten is a very active and passionate teacher and clinician, maintaing a private studio in Southern California, The Pasadena Conservatory of Music and teaching at Occidental College in Eagle Rock. She is a proud endorser of D’Addario reeds and MacSax mouthpieces.