Composition Colloquium: Sky Macklay

Colloquium | March 13 | 3 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

Chaos and Control: Composing with Woodwind Multiphonics

This talk will unpack my three different approaches to composing with woodwind multiphonics: treating them as specific harmonies, transient sound objects, or static textures. I will also address the practical concerns that arise when composing with woodwind multiphonics and discuss how I use them in several of my chamber and large ensemble pieces including Density Dancity for tenor sax and piano, Seven Squiggles… for bassoon and violin, and Swarm Collecting for large ensemble.

Sky Macklay (b. 1988) is a composer, oboist, and installation artist currently living in northwest Indiana. Her music is conceptual yet expressive, exploring extreme contrasts, audible processes, humor, and the physicality of sound. She has been commissioned by Chamber Music America (with Splinter Reeds), the Fromm Foundation (with Dal Niente), the Jerome Fund (with Ryan Muncy), the Barlow Endowment (with andPlay), and the LA Philharmonic, and her work has been recognized with awards and fellowships from ASCAP, the International Alliance for Women in Music, and Civitella Ranieri. Her recent projects include an opera set in a uterus and two installations of harmonica-playing inflatable sculptures. Sky completed her D.M.A. at Columbia University and is Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University. Her music is published by C. F. Peters.