Kevin Kay (b. 1995) is a New York City based composer who is inspired by how sound behaves physically in our world. His music utilizes physically and mathematically oriented harmonic languages centered on just-intonation. Psychoacoustics often informs his work, which becomes entangled with both the harmonic space and the temporal structure/process. Recurring threads in his body of work include the notions of duality and symmetry.
Festivals that have performed Kevin’s music include: the International Workshop for Young Composers, IRCAM’s ManiFeste Academy, Les Ecoles d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau, New Music on the Point, the Yarn/Wire Institute, the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, the National Student Electronic Music Event, the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival, and the Charlotte New Music Festival. Furthermore, Kevin was named the winner of the Cortona Prize 2020. Kevin’s music has been performed by ensembles such as Divertimento Ensemble, Spektral Quartet, Imani Winds, PinkNoise Ensemble, Ghost Ensemble, The City of Tomorrow, MotoContrario Ensemble, and the Brouwer Trio. As a clarinetist, he performs his own solo works.
Kevin is currently a PhD student at Stony Brook University. He holds an M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Physics and Music (double major) from the College of William and Mary. His teachers include Margaret Schedel, Nirmali Fenn, Sam Pluta, and Sophia Serghi.