9 Feb 2016
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASE MASON BATES: WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA ON SFS MEDIA 11 MARCH 2016
Album of Bates’ three largest electro-acoustic orchestral works features first ever recordings of the San Francisco Symphony-commissioned The B-Sides and Liquid Interface plus the first release of Alternative Energy
Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) will release a new recording featuring Bay Area composer Mason Bates’ three largest electro-acoustic orchestral works on the Orchestra’s Grammy Award-winning SFS Media label (distributed in the UK through AVIE Records) on Friday, 11 March 2016. Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra features the first recordings of the SFS-commissioned The B-Sides and Liquid Interface, in addition to Alternative Energy. These three works illustrate Bates’ exuberantly inventive music that expands the symphonic palette with sounds of the digital age: techno, drum ‘n’ bass, field recordings and more, with the composer performing on electronica. MTT and the SFS have championed Bates’ works for over a decade, evolving a partnership built on multi-year commissioning, performing, recording, and touring projects. A promotional video for the album can be viewed here.