Composers Edition are delighted to announce that the Anglo-American composer Kevin Malone has joined our rostrum of composers. Malone’s initial catalogue includes a total of nine compositions, from Lilith for solo piano to Count Me In for pianist and compact disc player to Requiem77 for cello/saxophone and air traffic controllers.
witty, with a rare ability to communicate quite complicated processes with clarity
Described by the Independent as ‘witty, with a rare ability to communicate quite complicated processes with clarity’, Malone’s work spans genres and media beyond conventional labelling. His music has a clear attractive surface brimming with sophisticated character, expressivity and design. Equally at home with electronics, multimedia and installations as with harpsichords, choirs and orchestras, he embraces postmodernist and hybrid approaches, often exploring social concerns and global events.
‘I often embed the performer’s physical presence as part of the music, and so my music can be overtly theatrical’, argues Malone. ‘Some works call for crawling under the piano, or closing the keyboard lid while playing, or even putting a sheer stocking over the head while playing cymbals. My composer-performer-audience contract always strives for a “clean, clear and memorable” surface, yet follows Beethoven’s advice to always have many surprises throughout.’
I often embed the performer’s physical presence as part of the music, and so my music can be overtly theatrical
Upcoming performances include his latest work, Standing Rock premièred by the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet of Amsterdam on 16 November at the New Music North West Festival in Manchester. The international-award winning ensemble will be using dismantled parts of saxophones as well as the standard SATB line-up. Another piece, a highly-ecstatic love song, To Alys, for mixed ensemble will be premièred on 22 October in Manchester by John Turner and Friends, and following this Kevin will visit Kiev for the première of a collection of feminist piano music Unsung Herstories with pianist Diana Lopszyc.
Malone’s concert music – such as Opus opera, Count Me In, The Radio Song, Three Ancient Nightclubs – often embraces theatricality. A Clockwork Operetta, a cabaret commissioned by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, sets the discarded pop lyrics from Burgess’ unused film script of A Clockwork Orange. Unsung Herstories attacks women’s social and political inequalities by having the solo pianist restrained as she attempts to play outspoken passages. Malone has composed seven works about the events of 9/11, music for the feature films To Kill a Killer and Lockout, and music for Manchester International Festival’s 2007 film The Assembly, for which he also created the 5.1 sound design. He also devises sound installations for art galleries, museums and cathedrals.