Mason Bates
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Mason Bates writes music that fuses innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of electronic dance music. Frequently performed by orchestras large and small, Bates has become a visible advocate for bringing new music to new spaces, whether through partnerships with Orchestras or through his Mercury Soul project which has transformed commercial spaces, clubs and concert halls into exciting, hybrid musical events. Bates was the recipient of the 2012 Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities. In presenting him with the award, Teresa Heinz remarked that “his music has moved the orchestra into the digital age and dissolved the boundaries of classical music.” In the 2015-16 season, he joined the Kennedy Center as its composer-in-residence and is currently writing an opera about the late tech giant Steve Jobs. The San Francisco Symphony has commissioned and premiered many works by Bates, including The B-Sides, Mass Transmission, composed for the Orchestra’s Centenary, Attack Sustain Decay Release, and his newest work, Auditorium, which will receive its world premiere by the SFS in April 2016 in Davies Symphony Hall.