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07.07.18
Mason Bates
“The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs” at The Seattle Opera
Blouin Art Info
01.01.18
Marin Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, JoAnn Falletta, Christopher Rountree, Inon Barnatan, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Alexandre Tharaud, Daniil Trifonov, Krystian Zimerman, Isabelle Faust, Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma, Johannes Moser, Alisa Weilerstein, Avi Avital, Mason Bates, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Munich , Minnesota Orchestra , West-Eastern Divan Orchestra , Kremerata Baltica , The Knights , Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra , VOCES8 , Stephanie Blythe, Kate Lindsey, Christian Van Horn
Best of 2017
10.17.17
Mason Bates
MUSICAL AMERICA 2018 COMPOSER OF THE YEAR: MASON BATES
Musical America
08.08.17
Mason Bates
Critical Acclaim for Mason Bates' "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs"
01.31.17
Joshua Roman, Mason Bates
Berkeley Symphony Lifts Spirits With Exuberant Performances of Beethoven and Bates
San Francisco Classical Voice
01.31.17
Mason Bates
A pleasant, if not ravishing, KC Jukebox
The Washington Post
12.06.16
Wynton Marsalis, James Conlon, Giancarlo Guerrero, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Eric Jacobsen, Mariss Jansons, David Robertson, Gene Scheer, Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, Mason Bates, Silkroad Ensemble , Nashville Symphony , St. Louis Symphony Orchestra , The Knights , Patti LuPone, Ian Bostridge, Nathan Gunn, Thomas Hampson
2017 Grammy Nominees
Grammy Awards
08.26.16
Mason Bates
MASON BATES SCORES GUS VAN SANT FILM
05.09.16
Mason Bates
CSO RESOUND RELEASES MASON BATES: ANTHOLOGY OF FANTASTIC ZOOLOGY CONDUCTED BY RICCARDO MUTI
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
04.12.16
Mason Bates
Mason Bates Consults the Ouija Board for His Ghostly Auditorium
San Francisco Classical Voice
04.12.16
Mason Bates
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY TO OFFER LIVE WEBCAST OF THE WORLD PREMIERE OF AUDITORIUM BY MASON BATES VIA “FACEBOOK LIVE”, WEDNESDAY APRIL 27
San Francisco Symphony Press
04.02.16
Mason Bates
A composer offers the field just what it needs
The Washington Post
03.25.16
Mason Bates
Composer-DJ Bates shows range, ingenuity on new CDs
Boston Globe
03.11.16
Benjamin Beilman, Mason Bates
March and April Releases
03.06.16
Mason Bates
A night of ‘Jason+’ includes Mason Bates and jazz stars
The Washington Post
02.09.16
Mason Bates
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASE MASON BATES: WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA ON SFS MEDIA MARCH 11, 2016
San Francisco Symphony
01.09.16
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Joshua Roman, Mason Bates
Bates to Beethoven, an exhilarating Fort Worth Symphony concert
The Dallas Morning News
12.09.15
Mason Bates
MASON BATES RELEASES 'MOTHERSHIP' ON BMOP/sound
BMOP/sound
11.10.15
Mason Bates
Composer throws the Kennedy Center a great party
The Washington Post
08.05.15
Mason Bates
Santa Fe Opera announced the 2017 world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
Santa Fe Opera
06.19.15
Mason Bates
Muti Closes Season with Bates' Magical, Musical Bestiary
The Chicago Tribune
05.28.15
Mason Bates, The Knights
Line-up of Four American Orchestras for Inaugural SHIFT Festival
The Kennedy Center/Washington Performing Arts
10.29.14
Mason Bates
MASON BATES: SECOND MOST PERFORMED LIVING COMPOSER
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
09.03.14
Mason Bates
Composer Mason Bates presents world premieres along with performances of his celebrated works with Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Pittsburgh Symphonies in 2014-2015
Mason Bates
05.20.14
Mason Bates
Review: Mason Bates-Stereo Is King
Pitchfork
05.13.14
Mason Bates
New music mission continues for CSO's Bates, Clyne
Chicago Tribune
05.08.14
Mason Bates
MASON BATES' "ALTERNATIVE ENERGY" RELEASED BY THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY
CSO Sounds
04.24.14
Mason Bates
Composer and DJ Mason Bates blends classical with cutting edge
Sioux City Journal
04.18.14
Mason Bates
Composer and DJ Mason Bates to bring unexpected sound to symphony
Sioux City Journal
02.25.14
Mason Bates
MASON BATES PREMIERES NEW COMMISSION WITH ST. PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
02.04.14
Mason Bates
Music of Bates and Clyne in spotlight at MusicNOW
Chicago Classical Review
04.13.13
Mason Bates
Review: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra glides through creative program
Pittsburgh Tribune
03.12.13
Mason Bates
Classical review: Nashville Symphony takes Mason Bates’ new Violin Concerto out for a spin
Arts Nash
02.28.13
Mason Bates
Composer Mason Bates' new concerto takes flight in Nashville
Nashville Scene
12.05.12
Mason Bates
Slatkin, PSO champion Mason Bates’ Violin Concerto
TribLIVE
09.12.12
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Mason Bates Receives Prestigious Heinz Award
Heinz Awards
05.04.12
Mason Bates, Mercury Soul
Remixing Classical-Music Concerts for the iPod Generation
Wall St. Journal
03.16.12
Emanuel Ax, Mason Bates
Music review: John Adams' 'Absolute Jest' in San Francisco
Los Angeles Times
02.23.12
Mason Bates
Bridging Huge Gaps, Geographical and Musical
The New York Times
02.18.12
Mason Bates
Music review: Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony at Segerstrom Hall
Los Angeles Times
02.17.12
Mason Bates
Chicago orchestra reaffirms its mastery, cohesion
San Francisco Chronicle
02.15.12
Mason Bates
Review: Muti and Chicago Symphony make a very impressive visit to Davies Hall
San Jose Mercury News
02.03.12
Mason Bates
In Muti's hands, new Mason Bates work presses the right buttons with CSO audience
Chicago Tribune
02.03.12
Mason Bates
Muti and the CSO revel in the brave new worlds of ‘Alternative Energy’
Chicago Sun-Times
11.26.11
Mason Bates
A blast of techno lights up the Detroit Symphony
Detroit Free Press
11.26.11
Mason Bates
In its own castle, DSO shows off its regal sound
The Detroit News
10.18.11
Mason Bates
MusicNow offers a bravura plugged-in season opener
Chicago Classical Review
08.08.11
Mason Bates
Mason Bates: Musical Transporter
San Francisco Classical Voice
05.14.11
Yo-Yo Ma, Mason Bates
Riccardo Muti’s youthful leanings emerge
Chicago Sun-Times
05.12.11
Mason Bates
CSO composer Mason Bates a disc jockey by night
Chicago Sun Times
03.16.11
Mason Bates
Bates, Clyne bringing fresh vibe to CSO's new music series
Chicago Tribune
03.13.11
Mason Bates
Mason Bates: Electronica, Meet Orchestra
NPR
10.08.10
Mason Bates
In Chicago, MusicNOW
MusicalAmerica.com
09.16.10
Mason Bates, Chanticleer
Chanticleer: Out of This World
San Francisco Classical Voice
08.03.10
Mason Bates
Lively new music scene gets livelier with arrival of CSO's young resident composers
Chicago Tribune
05.26.10
Mason Bates
Davies Symphony Hall: the coolest place in town last week
The Examiner
05.12.10
Mason Bates
Aerosol melodies
San Francisco Bay Guardian
01.29.10
Mason Bates, Mercury Soul
When Worlds Collide, and Boundaries Fall
San Francisco Classical Voice
01.01.01
Sir Andrew Davis, Giancarlo Guerrero, David Robertson, Robert Spano, Daniil Trifonov, Jennifer Koh, Gidon Kremer, Mason Bates, Julianna Di Giacomo, Tamara Mumford, New York Polyphony
2015 GRAMMY NOMINEES
Grammy.com

Recently named the most-performed composer of his generation and the 2018 Composer of the Year by Musical America, Mason Bates serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Championed by renown conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Leonard Slatkin, his symphonic music is the first to receive widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds, and his opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs was hailed as one of the best-selling productions in the history of Santa Fe Opera.  As both a DJ and a curator, he has become a visible advocate for bringing new music to new spaces, whether through institutional partnerships such as his former residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, or through his club/classical project Mercury Soul, which transforms commercial clubs into exciting hybrid musical events.  He has also composed for films, including Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts.

This season's variety of appearances at the nation's performing arts center begins with the National Symphony Orchestra's performance of Auditorium, a Baroque thriller.  Premiered by the San Francisco Symphony, the piece haunts the modern orchestra with original neo-baroque music composed for period instruments.  This spring, Bates returns to his hometown of Richmond, Virginia with a new work celebrating the Richmond Symphony's 60th anniversary.  His first work for chorus and orchestra, Children of Adam is an exuberant setting of American poems about creation, with a special focus on secular poets exploring sacred themes.  The work also includes creation texts from Native Americans of the Virginia area, as well as completely novel celebrations of the creative power of the Industrial Age from Carl Sandburg.

Elsewhere, the legendary Joffrey Ballet premieres a new ballet on The B-Sides by Nicholas Blanc, who first choreographed his modern classic Mothership for New York City Ballet, and the English National Ballet reprises his Anthology of Fantastic Zoology with choreography by Aszure Barton.  The superstar chorus Chanticleer tours the newly-composed Drum-Taps around the country on a program responding to armed conflict.

Bringing classical music to new audiences is a central part of Bates' activities as a curator, whether as a composer or DJ.  With composer Anna Clyne, he transformed the Chicago Symphony's MusicNOW series into an imaginative concert experience drawing huge crowds, with cinematic program notes and immersive stagecraft.  Now serving as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center, Bates works with the Center's broad range of artistic constituents, from performances with the National Symphony to appearances with Jason Moran on Kennedy Center Jazz, often integrating DJs into the Center's unique spaces.  His KC Jukebox series presents new music in new formats, featuring immersive production and ambient information to educate the audience, as well as post-parties with DJs to allow people to debrief in a casual setting.  This season includes appearances by famed German electronica duo Mouse on Mars and the spoken word artist Saul Williams.  The Jukebox series includes two shows on the inaugural Direct Current festival and closes with a tribute to JFK featuring music in response to civil rights challenges.

Working in clubs under the name DJ Masonic, Bates has developed a post-classical rave that has integrated classical music and electronica to packed crowds in collaborations with clubs and orchestras around the country.  Mercury Soul embeds sets of classical music into a fluid evening of DJing and immersive stagecraft.  Sold-out performances from San Francisco's famed Mezzanine club to Miami's New World Symphony have brought a new vision of the listening experience to widespread audiences, and the project has been invited by the Chicago Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony for events at local clubs.  In addition to a show this season on the Kennedy Center's Direct Current festival, Mercury Soul presents three shows at San Francisco's DNA Lounge. Elsewhere around SF, Bates DJs on this year's LoveBoat party after a performance by Moby.  A diverse artist exploring the ways classical music integrates into contemporary cultures, Bates was awarded the Heinz Medal by Teresa Heinz, who wrote that "his music has moved the orchestra into the digital age and dissolved the boundaries of classical music."

For more info, go to www.masonbates.com and www.mercurysoul.org.     

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