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Composer Steven Mackey Releases Electric Guitar Opera, Orpheus Unsung, on New Amsterdam; World Premiere of Through Your Fingers at Carnegie Hall

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Composer Steven Mackey – a Grammy Award-winner lauded by Gramophone for his “explosive and ethereal imagination” – releases a CD of his wordless electric guitar opera, Orpheus Unsung, on the New Amsterdam label this fall, on which he performs with Sō Percussion member Jason Treuting. A combination concert and CD release party will be held …

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Slide, Steve Mackey’s 2010 Music Theater Piece will be Staged in Three Performances

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2010 music theater piece, Slide, for tenor/actor, electric guitar and mixed chamber ensemble will be staged in three performances in Philadelphia, Princeton, and at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust this November.  Mackey’s 2010 album Dreamhouse, nominated for four Grammy Awards, featured tenor/actor Rinde Eckert; the composer won a Grammy for another Eckert collaboration, the music theater piece …

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Les Violons du Roy – Steven Mackey – Four Iconoclastic Episodes

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Anthony Marwood weaves different eras together in an extraordinary concert built around Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. He performs this musical monument in conjunction with one compelling 21st century work : Four Iconoclastic Episodes, composed especially for Mr. Marwood by Steven Mackey. Here is M. Mackey describing his compositions. www.violonsduroy.com

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A Composer Who Escapes Easy Labels

The New York Times
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“Some of my favorite pianistic influences have a charming wrongness to them, like Thelonious Monk, who just managed to play the right ‘wrong’ notes,” Mr. Mackey said. “At the other end of the spectrum is Bach’s ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’ — to me that is still the most virtuosic sounding piano music.”