Mason Bates has recently been named Musical America’s 2018 Composer of the Year.
Mason Bates (b.23.01.1977) is doing a lot to attract younger audiences to classical music. A number of factors contribute to this including:
- his propensity for ‘outreach’ work; with fellow composer Anna Clyne, he transformed the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW series into an imaginative concert experience drawing huge crowds, with cinematic program notes and immersive stagecraft
- his ‘dual musical citizenship’; in clubs under the name DJ Masonic, Bates has developed a post-classical rave that has integrated classical music and electronica to packed crowds.
Thanks to support from famed conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin and Michael Tilson Thomas his symphonic music has begun to receive widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds. He has recently premiered an opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs that both broke new ground and played to highly enthusiastic audiences at the Santa Fe Opera. It would be wonderful to have this work on CD – any takers among the more innovative record companies?
At iClassical we particularly enjoyed his 2016 album ‘Works for orchestra’ featuring the composer playing electronica with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. The CD includes The B-Sides, Liquid Interface and Alternative Energy. Truly beguiling music.