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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


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

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Houston Grand Opera delivers powerful experience with “The Passenger”
New York Classical Review, July 11, 2014
"Breedt, Moore and Kaduce have full, shining voices. They sang with excellent articulation and beautiful sound.”

Perfecting the sound of THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Lyric Opera of Chicago blog, May 8, 2014

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.
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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

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

for Jennifer Koh
to premiere 2016 and tour worldwide

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

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

Lyric Opera of Chicago
April/May 2015

Lucinda Childs, one of the most celebrated choreographers of the modern era, revives her seminal 1983 collaboration with composer John Adams and architect Frank Gehry
Previews at MassMOCA, North Adams, MA
March 2015
Premiere: Walt Disney Concert Hall
June 2015
Tours worldwide

Lyric Opera of Chicago
March 2015

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