Born: 1960, Essex, England
"I'm interested in the physical quality of the music: not just the sound, but the effect it has. There's a visceral quality in the music I like…There's something you can really grab hold of, something almost physical that you can touch."
Mark-Anthony Turnage blends an atonal, Berg-esque harmonic language, a Stravinskian rhythmic drive, and the lyrical improvisations of Miles Davis into a vigorous, expressionistic style. With acclaimed works in both concert music and opera, he seems to be in a position to carry the torches of countrymen Britten, Tippett, and Birtwistle.
Blood on the Floor (guitar, percussion, saxophone, bass clarinet, and orchestra; 1996)
Soloists, Ensemble Modern, Peter Rundel (Argo)
Fractured Lines (percussion and orchestra; 2000)
Evelyn Glennie, Peter Erskine, BBC Symphony, Slatkin (Chandos)