Steven Mackey is noted for his highly individual idiom, a multi-layered play of rhythm and sonority * incorporates and transforms references to classical and popular music in a way that is "lithe, subtle, and more than a little playful" (Tim Page, Newsday) * Champions include Michael Tilson Thomas, Dennis Russell Davies, and the Kronos Quartet * An accomplished guitarist, he has composed several works for the instrument including Deal, a concerto for electric guitar and ensemble or orchestra * Orchestral works have been commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra among others.
Works by Steven Mackey include:
Stumble to Grace (2011) for piano and orchestra
Dreamhouse (2003) for solo baritone, vocal quartet, electric guitar quartet and orchestra
Beautiful Passing (2008) for violin and orchestra
Physical Property (1992) for electric guitar and string quartet
Eating Greens (1993) for orchestra
Gaggle and Flock (2001) for string octet
Looking Ahead: Steven Mackey fetes Michael Tilson Thomas’s 75th birthday and 25th anniversary as music director of the San Francisco Symphony with Portals, Scenes and Celebrations, a colorful, energetic work that receives its world premiere on February 7.
In April, Gustavo Dudamel leads the musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic in the world premiere of Mackey’s Measuring as part of the conductor’s residency at Princeton University.
"I imagine...a kind of vernacular music from a culture that doesn't really exist." — Steven Mackey