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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

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Review: Berkeley Symphony previews a ‘Frankenstein’ opera

San Francisco Chronicle, May 6, 2016
"Like a movie trailer, Grey’s 35-minute orchestral work is assembled out of some of the choice scenes from the full offering, arranged not in narrative order but so as to make things feel all the more alluring. Listening to these selections — which are robust enough to stand on their own, yet still teasingly partial in their dramatic effect — made a cogent argument for the virtues of the opera...Grey’s command of the orchestra is often striking, with ingenious combinations of instrumental color and a dramatic sense of scale that shows off those resources expertly."

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 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

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

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"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 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, 2018/19
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

chamber symphony
commissioned by Jacaranda Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic
World Premiere on November 18, 2017
Part of the Noon to Midnight Festival

July 12, 2017 at National Sawdust
as composer, sound designer and video designer

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

for Jennifer Koh
Premiere: New York Philharmonic Biennial 2016
May 24 & 31, 2016 and tour worldwide

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San Francisco Opera – World Premiere
November 2017
Music by John Adams
Libretto by Peter Sellars

Park Avenue Armory – Oct 2017

New York City Opera – June 2017

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