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: Mackey’s new timpani concerto, A Different Drummer, receives its World Premiere with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, led by Gemma New. DSO principal timpanist Brian Jones takes center stage. His elaboration of Hector Berlioz’s Harold in Italy receives its World Premiere with the New World Symphony, led by Michael Tilson Thomas, October 19.
"I imagine...a kind of vernacular music from a culture that doesn't really exist." — Steven Mackey