Kevin Michael Kay (b. 1995) is inspired by the ways in which our universe manifests sound, and through his art, he explores how sound behaves in our world both physically and naturally. His works focus on an evolution of timbre and texture in time, in which harmonic languages are established and immerse listeners in contained soundworlds. These harmonic languages utilize the physics of sound by exploring the harmonic series, just intonation, and the physical properties of instruments in transparent and idiomatic ways.
Festivals that have performed Kevin’s music include: Les Ecoles d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau, New Music on the Point, the Yarn/Wire Institute, the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, KLK Music Per Archi, the Charlotte New Music Festival, the National Student Electronic Music Event, the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival, the Alion Baltic International Music Festival, and the Miami Summer Music Festival. Furthermore, Kevin’s music has been selected during IRCAM’s ManiFeste Academy 2018 to be performed during the Academy 2019 by soloists from Ensemble Intercontemporain. Ensembles that have performed Kevin’s music include: Spektral Quartet, Imani Winds, the Brouwer Trio, the Lemberg Sinfonietta, U of A Percussion, the William and Mary Symphony Orchestra, and the William and Mary Wind Ensemble. As a clarinetist, he performs his own pieces for clarinet and electronics.
Kevin holds a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago where he studied with Sam Pluta. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from William and Mary in May 2017 with a B.S. in physics and music where his primary mentors were Sophia Serghi and Brian Hulse.