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.
Looking Ahead: In March 2014, the Brentano String Quartet gives the UK and German premieres of Steven Mackey’s One Red Rose, a work commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The following month, pianist Orli Shaham performs Mackey’s Stumble to Grace with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The New York Philharmonic’s Biennial will feature the New York premiere of Dreamhouse in Mary 2014.
"I imagine...a kind of vernacular music from a culture that doesn't really exist." — Steven Mackey