C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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Macklay, Sky - F - United States of America 




New York-based composer and oboist Sky Macklay explores bold contrasts, theatrical elements, and the visceral physicality of sound production and perception. Her works have been performed by ensembles such as ICE, Yarn/Wire, Firebird Ensemble, Hexnut, The University of Memphis Contemporary Chamber Players, the Luther College Concert Band, Luna Nova, and PRIZM ensemble. She has also received commissions from The Walden School Faculty Commissioning Project and from Saint John Lutheran Church (MN). Her multi-movement work for jazz ensemble, Mestiza, was showcased at the 2010 Midwest Black History Conference. Lake Dublin, her piece for clarinet, piano, and water bowls, was a winner in the 2011 Iowa Composers Forum Spring Festival's composition contest. The International Alliance for Women in Music also recently honored her piece Before There Was Backspace There Was No Going Back, a musical and poetic tribute to Kurt Vonnegut for amplified electric typewriter and ensemble.

As an active new music oboist and improviser, Macklay plays with the Ghost Ensemble collective and performs her own and other composers' ambitious oboe repertoire. She has toured the United States and Japan as a wind ensemble and orchestral oboist and draws upon this background as a composer of large ensemble music.

Macklay grew up in Waseca, Minnesota and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she studied composition with Brooke Joyce. In 2012 she earned her master's degree in composition from The University of Memphis where she studied with Kamran Ince. Macklay is currently perusing her doctoral studies at Columbia University. An enthusiastic proponent of creative music education, she teaches at the Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College and at The Walden School Young Musicians Program in Dublin, New Hampshire, the country's largest summer school and festival solely for pre-college composers. Beyond composing, her current research interests include oboe multiphonics and pedagogy of composition.





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