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The music of MASON BATES fuses innovative orchestral writing, the rhythms of electronica and techno, and imaginative narrative forms brought to life by cutting edge sound design. A composer of symphonic music who often includes live electronica in his orchestral music, he has become known as an artist who moves fluidly between those two worlds - performing on electronic drumpad and laptop, for example, under Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas at Carnegie Hall inThe B-Sides at Carnegie Hall, or integrating members of the San Francisco Symphony into an evening of DJing and live electronica at the SF club Mezzanine. Awarded both a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and an American Academy in Berlin Prize, he is a member of the acclaimed New York-based Young Concert Artists."
"His most recent symphonic premiere, The B-Sides, was composed for the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, and the renown Chanticleer premiered his large-scale choral work Sirens last spring. Active as a performer, he has played his concerto for synthesizer with The Atlanta and Phoenix Symphonies, and he also stays busy as a DJ of trip-hop and electronica in San Francisco's many clubs, lounges, and artspaces. For more info, go to www.masonbates.com.