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 physically in our world. His work focuses on an evolution of timbre and texture in time, in which harmonic languages are established that immerse listeners in contained soundworlds. These harmonic languages are organized not necessarily by pitch, but more-so by frequency, utilizing the physical and mathematical properties of sound.
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 (NSEME), the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival (VIPA), the Alion Baltic International Music Festival, and the Miami Summer Music Festival. Furthermore, Kevin’s music was 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: The City of Tomorrow, MotoContrario Ensemble, Spektral Quartet, Imani Winds, the Brouwer Trio, the Lemberg Sinfonietta, and both the William and Mary Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. As a clarinetist, he performs his own pieces for clarinet and electronics.
Kevin is currently a PhD student at Stony Brook University where he studies with Margaret Schedel. He holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago where he studied with Sam Pluta, and a B.S. in physics and music from William and Mary where his primary mentor was Sophia Serghi.