American composer Mason Bates has been announced as the new Composer-In-Residence for Washington’s Kennedy Center.
The 38 year old Juilliard and Berkeley School of Music graduate, and nightclub DJ, will commence his 3-year appointment at the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
His duties will include composing for the Center’s various artistic constituents, curating a new contemporary-music series and working on different forms of community and audience engagement projects.
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“The things I would love to advocate for here are adventurous new artistic experiences, ways you can make those experiences fun and challenging and even social,” Bates has told the Washington Post,“….The Kennedy Center is uniquely positioned to show … a national audience how you can present a dynamic, new experience in way that nobody needs a PhD to appreciate.”
Bates, 38 is currently in his final season of a six-year residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.