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    Anthology of Fantastic Zoology Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra   Nominated for the 2017 Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition   “recalls the conclusion of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, but on a meth high.” – Chicago Tribune … Continue reading

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FEATURED EVENTS Dec 9: Mass Transmission University of Michigan Chamber Choir  – Ann Arbor, MI   Dec 19: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology BBC Symphony Orchestra  – Barbican Centre, London, UK   Jan 28: Auditorium Princeton Symphony – Princeton, NJ     … Continue reading

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Curating Video

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The making of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell talk about making of Bates’ opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs premiering July 22 with the Santa Fe Opera. Tickets at

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What makes a great conductor?

What makes a great conductor? Being a composer at the mercy of them, I’m constantly confronting this question. Some recent performances prompt a few thoughts. Take Marin Alsop, who recently conducted Desert Transport at the Cabrillo Festival. This is a … Continue reading

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Home Piece of the week

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San Jose Mercury News

“If Mason Bates’ Rusty Air in Carolina is any indication, this 30-year-old composer (who is based in the East Bay and has a parallel career as a DJ) also has a voice…A Virginia native who summered as a teenager in … Continue reading

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The New York Times

“Contemporary composers can integrate high-definition recordings of sounds they want to evoke, as Mason Bates does in his cleverly constructed Liquid Interface. The first movement, “Glaciers Calving,” begins with an ominous recording of glaciers crashing into the Antarctic Ocean, soon … Continue reading

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The New Yorker

“Mason Bates’s Digital Loom, for organ and electronics…transformed the hall into something between a decaying cathedral and an East Berlin club.” -Alex Ross

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