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 physics and mathematics 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 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: The City of Tomorrow, MotoContrario Ensemble, Spektral Quartet, Imani Winds, the Brouwer Trio, the Lemberg Sinfonietta, 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.
In the Fall of 2019, Kevin will begin his PhD studies at Stony Brook University. He currently holds a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago where he studied with Sam Pluta. He graduated from William and Mary in May 2017 with a B.S. in physics and music where his primary mentor was Sophia Serghi.