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Mark Grey Composer and Sound Designer at Sunset Crater, Arizona
"The composer Mark Grey
is a master
...


Grey is a composer as well as a sound engineer, and what he is up to has far-reaching implications for the direction that classical music will take this century."
~Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

"The 15-minute piece (Mark Grey's Sparrow's Echo) teems with asymmetrical rhythmic figures, spiraling thematic lines, steady pounding chords and cyclic repetitions of scale patterns."
~Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

Latest News

San Francisco Chronicle picks FRANKENSTEIN SYMPHONY in top five classical music choices for 2016:
Classical Music Gems for 2016
By Joshua Kosman, December 30, 2015
“Frankenstein” Symphony (May 5): San Francisco composer Mark Grey will unveil an orchestral work drawn from his new opera based on the Mary Shelley classic. Joana Carneiro and the Berkeley Symphony, who co-commissioned the piece, will give the West Coast premiere on a program that also, neatly enough, includes Beethoven’s “Creatures of Prometheus” Overture.

New York Philharmonic Biennial 2016
Co-Presented by the New York Philharmonic and National Sawdust
World Premiere of TWENTY - May 24 & 31, 2016
Jennifer Koh, violin

FRANKENSTEIN SYMPHONY premieres with Atlanta Symphony - Feb 2016

SandsofTimeOther Minds releases works by Joan Jeanrenaud & Mark Grey as a part of the Other Minds Live series

Read news | Download Mark Grey's Sands of Time from Amazon.com

Maximum Minimalism at Disney Hall, Sequenza 21, April 12, 2014
"This is exciting music, fast-moving and full of energy and the keyboard synthesizer playing of Joanne Pierce Martin was especially alert and effective...After downshifting a few gears, Awake the Machine Electric sped up once more, building atension that was relieved only by its conclusion. As the applause began the composer was called up to the stage to shake hands with John Adams and tellingly, Mark Grey next reached out to the synthesizer player, as if acknowledging the concertmaster. Awake the Machine Electric is certainly aptly titled."

The L.A. Phil's Minimalism marathon, Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2014
"Grey's 'Machine' was the result of a trip to Perm, formerly Molotov, Russia. Once a center for Soviet munitions manufacture, it led Grey to the creation of a kind of musical Molotov cocktail, mercurial and madcap. Sometimes Coplandesque pastoral, sometimes chugging Adams-like and sometimes employing old sci-fi electronic sound effects, this is an addictive score ever changing from minute to minute."

Composition Reviews | Sound Design Reviews

CD Release


"Mark Grey's score is perfectly crafted, impeccably paced,
beautifully scored."
~The Arizona Republic

Leila JosefowiczThe Naxos recording of Grey's Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio is available now. Recording is of the world premiere performance featuring The Phoenix Symphony conducted by Michael Christie, the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and baritone Scott Hendricks.
Read liner notes | Read libretto | Order on Amazon

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Compositions


FRANKENSTEIN OPERA

Premiere: Le Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie |
de Munt, Brussels, Belgium, Spring 2016
Co-commsionners to be announced
Music by Mark Grey
Stage Direction by Alex Ollé Gol (La Fura dels Baus)
Set Design by Alfons Flores
Costume Design by Lluc Castells
Conducted by Leo Hussain
Details

FRANKENSTEIN SYMPHONY
co-commission with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
Premiere: Atlanta Symphony Hall, February 2016
Berkeley Symphony, May 2016

TWENTY
for Jennifer Koh
to premiere at New York Philharmonic Biennial 2016
May 24 & 31, 2016 and tour worldwide

STRING QUARTET
for Calidore String Quartet
Premiere: Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival
June 2015

THE PLENTIFUL PEACH
for The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
From a story by the great Iranian writer Samad Behrangi, translated and adapted by Niloufar Talebi
Premiere: April 19, 2015
Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, CA
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Sound Design


THE KING & I
Lyric Opera Chicago, April 2016

L'AMOUR DE LOIN
By Kaija Saariaho
The Met Opera, December 2016
Met to Stage Its First Opera by a Woman Since 1903, The New York Times, 2/17/16

CIRCLE MAP
New York Philharmonic at The Park Avenue Armory
Festival of Kaija Saariaho’s Music, October 2016

NIXON IN CHINA
Royal Swedish Opera, October 2016

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