here for a list of RECENT
3/20/17. What a week. A week of rehearsals, two-day recording session, and then the world premiere of Zealot Canticles last night in Philadelphia. 85 minutes long, without intermission.
Never have I been so humbled and honored to work with such deeply
committed, amazing musicians in my life. It's hard to believe that this
project started back in 2010. When we started this journey, I could not
have imagine that the words of Wole Soyinka about zealotry,
intolerance, the "otherization" of those we disagree with, and the
misuse of power would be so timely and relevant. His words aren't
simply universals or generalizations, but about the here and now.
I am eternally grateful to Donald Nally, the stellar singers of The
Crossing, the fantastic musicians, and The Barlow Endowment for Music
Composition for making this work possible.
Donald Nally, the conductor of The Crossing, has been writing a series of essays about Zealot Canticles: An Oratorio for Tolerance. He is an incredible writer. Each essay is full of insights and profound commentaries. Read it here.
2/26/17. Nice bit of news: [...]Qumran Psa[lms...] was just named the Winner of the 2016 American Prize for Composition (http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2017/02/composer-winners-choral-division.html)
What a fantastic performance of What We Do Is Secret by the FSU Wind Symphony under the directrion of Richard Clary, and the Garnet & Brass Quintet! Just blown away.
As a side bonus, I got to hang out with Louis Andriessen in a
janitor/storage closet for 30-40 minutes (I admit that may sound rather
strange). What a pleasure it was to meet and talk with him!
A student just emailed me to say "Congratulartions!," to which I
replied "For what?" I'm a Finalist for the American Prize in two
categories: Chamber Music and Choral.
Just learned that the Freon Ensemble in Rome will be performing my Processione di lacrime (Pavan) in three weeks at the Nuova Scuola di Musica Vassura Baroncini in Imola, Italy (just outside of Bologna). Wish I could be there!
Great to have ToniMarie Marchioni and Jacob Coleman here for four days:
Composition Forum, oboe masterclass, concert, and recording session of Discipline for my next monograph CD.
Oh: Also learned today that Dear World will be performed on the 2017 Missouri State University Composition Festival.
Today was a good day. First, I was informed that What We Do Is Secret was selected for performance on the 2017 FSU Festival of New Music
in February (from a pool of nearly 500 submissions). What an honor, and
I'm thrilled to finally have the chance to work with Richard Clary!
Secondly, I also learned that Discipline is the Winner of the 2016 Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, Professional Division (run by the Foundation for Modern Music). Performance at the Houston Museum of Art sometime this season (details TBA).
Looking forward to traveling to my beloved Boston this week for three performances of Requiem,v.2.001 by the wonderful What Is Noise?
ensemble, and a presentation at the Longy School of Music. It will be
nice to return to Longy after all these years (I took classes there
while working on my Ph.D. at Harvard, my wife got her degree and Artist
Diploma in Opera Performance there, and then I had the pleasure of
being a one-year Visiting Faculty there before moving to Miami). Jeremy
van Buskirk is now the Chair of Composition at Longy; when I was there,
he was doing his Masters; file under "Things Which Make You Feel Old."
Was just nominated to apply for The Rome Prize. No guarantees, of
course, but nice to be approached by the American Academy in Rome,
formally asking me to toss my hat in the ring.
summer ahead! This summer (2016) I'll be going to a festival at the
University of Tennessee, the International Double Reed Society National
Conference in Columbus, GA, going to Philadelphia for the world
premiere of Dear World,
commissioned by The Crossing, spending two weeks in the Sierras hiking,
boating, trout fishing, and COMPOSING like a madman, trying to finish
the oratorio. Oh, also surfing and biking 5 days a week. ;-)
Happy to announce that I've been commissioned to write a fanfare for
the 10th anniversary of Axiom Brass in Chicago! Details TBA.
4/3/16. Just found out that OK-OK
will be performed on the Nordic Saxophone Festival in Aarhus, Denmark,
next month. Why don't I find out about these things further in
advance, so I could arrange to be there!?
3/15/16. ALSO -- Super
excited about the upcoming two-concert "McLoskey Festival" at Spectrum
next month in NYC! The line-up is all finalized, and will feature some
of the elite new music players around: Miranda Cuckson will be
the work for solo violin commissioned for her by the New Spectrum
Foundation; ToniMarie Marchioni will be premiering a big oboe sonata
up-and-coming -- already a star -- virtuoso violinist Miclen Laipang
will be performing two works; violist Amelia Hollander will be playing
my massive viola sonata Wild Bells; plus two works for sax and clarinet and several multimedia works.
Wow! Had a great time working with some supremely talented young
composers as the Composer-in-Residence at the Webster University Young
Composers Institute. Also the distinct pleasure of working with the
What Is Noise? ensemble. Cool peeps!
What a pleasure it is to work with musicians of the caliber of
the legendary Dale Underwood! He and the Frost Sax Quartet gave a
spectacular premiere of Sikurtawa at the 38th International Saxophone Symposium at Shenandoah University.
Honored to announce that I received a Barlow Commission to write
a concert length (70-80 minutes) oratorio for The Crossing, to be
premiered in Philadelphia in March, 2017!! The libretto will be drawn
from texts by Wole Soyinka, the Nobel Prize winning poet and
7/10/15. Whirl was just premiered at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France by The Silver Duo. Wish I could be there!
5/12/15. What an amazing thrill it was to be in Berlin again, for the premiere of Qumran Psalms by ensemberlino vocale! Berlin is my new favorite city.
1/9/15. Well, What We Do Is Secret didn't
end up being a final nominee for a Grammy, but I'm honored that it was nominated by Albany Records.
What a fantastic experience in Berlin. Wonderful premiere of Rite
by Ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion at Konzerthaus, and one of the most
intense, thought-provoking, and challenging lecture/forums with
composition students at the Universität der Künste Berlin (Berlin University of the Arts). Plus I caught two
other fantastic concerts: A new music concert by student composers, and Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium
at Gethsemanekirche by Collegium Musicum Berlin. Cool side note: This
is the same church where ensemberlino vocale will premiere my new
choral work in May!
11/6/14. Specific Gravity: 2.27 was selected for the FSU 2015 New Music Festival (from over 1,100 submissions). Also was informed that What We Do Is Secret
was submitted for a Grammy nomination by Albany Records for Best
Contemporary Classical Composition. It's a mega-long shot, but hey.
Just got word from American Composers Alliance that TAK Ensemble will be performing Yellow
next May, at Orchestra St. Luke's DiMenna Center for the Arts in NYC. I
don't know them personally, but I've heard good things about them, so
looking forward to it.
Just wrapped up a great week as Composer-in-Residence at the 2014
Carolina Chamber Music Festival. Had the pleasure of working with the
world-class musicians of The Calyx Trio, and gave two lectures (one on
"Visual Music," one on my music) and a Masterclass, at Eastern Carolina
University's School of Art & Design and School of Music.
3/19/14. Um...where did the last 7 months go? Since last August: THREE CD releases of my music (Specific Gravity: Chamber Music of Lansing McLoskey; featuring the concerto What We Do Is Secret and The Madding Crowd with the amazing Triton Brass and The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble; Citizens of Nowhere, including blur). Also an Aaron Copland Recording Grant, First Prize in the 2014 Red Note Festival Composition Competition, and performances all over the place, including Colombia.
Also a wonderful "profile-concert" of my works last week on the
Acoustica21 Concert Series in Miami, and another featured concert
coming in April at the Kendall Sound Arts Series. Oh, and this
weekend blur is being
performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance convention, and next
week the Frontwave Music Festival is featuring me with two or three
performances and a lecture.
Plus, coordinating the annual Residency with The Cleveland Orchestra at
the Frost School of Music, culminating in a concert tomorrow night with
Bartok, Lutoslawski, Alejandro Vinao, and the world premiere of two UM
DMA composition students. Cray busy!
Just got word that I received a Barlow Commission to write a new choral
work for the wonderful ensemberlino vocale in Berlin! They've invited
me to be their 2014 Composer-in-Residence; excited and honored!
Definitely shaping up to be a crazy-busy year, with pieces for Berlin
PianoPercussion, clarinetist Gleb Kanacevic, and two wind ensemble
Finishing up a glorious four days at Tanglewood. Performance last
night by Axiom Brass, caught two BSO concerts (nothing like Wagner's Die Walküre under
a full moon!), and working with the extraordinarily talented young
composers at the Tanglewood Institute. Already can't wait to return!
Just sent in the masters for two upcoming CDs: The wind ensemble and brass CD (see below), and Specific Gravity,
a monograph CD of my chamber music, featuring recordings by The Stony
Brook Contemporary Chamber Players (Eduardo Leandro, Dir), the newEar
Ensemble, soprano Rebecca Duren, pianist Alan Johnson, saxophonist
Philipp Staudlin, and members of Chameleon Arts Ensemble.
Both CDs are slated for early fall release on Albany Records!
6/16/13. Very happy and honored to have received an Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant to release The Unheard Music:
A disc of works for wind ensemble and brass with Triton Brass and The
Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble! CD features works by Nico Muhly,
Keith Kusterer, Justin Barish, and two of my works: What We Do Is Secret and The Madding Crowd.
Finished up a fantastic week as the Composer-in-Residence at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lecture/presentation, masterclasses,
school-wide convocation, and wonderful performance of What We Do Is Secret by the UNL Faculty Brass Quintet and UNL Wind Ensemble, Carolyn Barber, Dir.
2/21/13. Lots happening. Just notified this week that Hardwood will be performed on the 35th
Foro Internacional Música Nueva Mexico City by the Mexico City
Woodwind Quintet, and I've been invited to give a presentation and
masterclass at Conservatorio Nacional de Música de
México (the National Conservatory of Music of Mexico) in May.
Possibly some lectures at other institutions in and around Mexico City,
Also just found out this week that Axiom Brass will be performing The Madding Crowd twice in May in Chicago, and this summer at the Tanglewood Institute.
Next week I'm going to the North American Saxophone Alliance conference for a performance of OK-OK and
masterclass at UCF, and then going to Greensboro in March for CBDNA and
a talk on my music at UNCG. And that's just the start of the busy
1/18/12. Just found out last night that the incredible Spanish Brass Luur Metalls will be performing The Madding Crowd at the XVIII Ciclo de Música
Contemporánea, Málaga, Spain (the 18th Festival of Contemporary Music in Málaga, Spain) next week!
Also, the Slippery Rock Sax Quartet will be performing OK-OK at the International Saxophone Symposium next week.
Don't know where the last four months went! Really productive.
And happy to learn that my concerto for brass quintet and wind ensemble
was recently awarded The International Music Prize™ for
Excellence in Composition 2011. The piece was premiered in Oct.
by Triton Brass and The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Eric Hewitt,
Dir.), and it went smashingly well. http://www.lansingmcloskey.com/whatwedoissecret.html
Just arrived at the MacDowell Colony. Staying in the same
studio as Ruth Crawford Seeger, Ned Rorem, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich,
Michael Torke, Scott Wheeler, Robert Beaser, and David Rakowski.
God bless my wife for allowing me to take off for so long to dedicate myself full-time to composing.
Wow...what a past couple of months. Today I was informed that I won the Chatham Baroque Commission Competition!
What a FANTASTIC time as Composer-in-Residence at the soundSCAPE
Festival in Maccagno, Italy. Incredible students, awesome faculty,
great performances; including the world premiere of The Unreal City,
written for the festival. To top it off, I've been commissioned
by the festival to write a clarinet concertino for next year's festival!
Names as the Composer-in-Residence at the Missouri Chamber Music Festival, June 21-24, 2012. Really looking forward to it.
Just found out today that I won
the Joint Wind Quintet Project Commission! 10-14 minute
woodwind quintet, to be performed at the national conferences of the
International Clarinet Association, International Horn Society,
International Double Reed Society, and National Flute Association, as
well as by Imani Winds and others next summer and beyond. Really
I'll also be spending a month at the MacDowell Colony this fall, which will be intense, focused composing time...
5/10/11. Nice review of the Prex
Penitentialis CD in the Classical Music Sentinal.: http://www.classicalmusicsentinel.com/KEEP/keep-mcloskey.html
Great performance of Gleam
yesterday by the Borup-Ernst Duo. Another performance tonight, then off
to New College for two more performances and a busy schedule
(masterclass, interactive lecture, demonstration, and concert).
Looking forward to it.
Now available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and a bunch of other
Box arrived today - finally! Look for it on Amazon,
eMusic, and the websites of Albany Records and NAXOS soon! (Official
release date isn't until April 1st, but my box of pre-release CD's came
Big news! I was awarded the prestigious Goddard
Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, given
"mid-career composer of exceptional gifts." I am humbled and
Press release HERE.
Had a great time visiting USC - my old stomping grounds -
week. I gave a presentation at the USC Composition Forum, and
also went to the CMS Conference at Pepperdine.
Just found out I'll be the Composer-in-Residence at the 2011
soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy for two weeks this summer!
Daily masterclasses and working with really talented young
composers, a concert of my chamber music, and a commission for a new
work for soprano, piano and percussion. REALLY excited!
More information here: www. soundscapefestival.org
8/15/10. Awarded a Barlow Endowment
compose a concerto for brass quintet (Triton Brass) and wind ensemble,
to be premiered by a consortium of wind ensembles in the 2011 season!
Triton Brass and I have been wanting to do this project
three years, ever since our Meet The Composer collaboration, which they
premiered at Tanglewood and played many times since.
SO stoked it will finally be possible!
Two INCREDIBLE performances by The Crossing in Philadelphia: The world
premiere of The Memory
of Rain (Pew
Charitable Trusts/Philadelphia Music Project commission), and a
wonderful performance of Burning
Chariots. I've had the good fortune to work with
top-notch choral groups, but I believe The Crossing under the direction
of Donald Nally is at the top of the top. One of the best
in the world.
Nice review here.
Great performance of my song cycle Sudden
Music by Rebecca Duren and Alan Johnson at the Sudden
Festival in New York. Yes, the title of the festival was
from my piece...
Just finished judging the Meet The Composer commissions. A
of a lot of work (!), but actually a joy to listen to so much great
music by so many talented and devoted composers. Listened to 214 pieces
(many in video format w/dance or multimedia) in two days.
Wonderful performance by newEar Ensemble last night. What pleasure to
work with them! Also had a great time giving an interactive
presentation to students at the Kansas City Art Institute on Friday
Received a 'review' from a trusted source that the
by soprano Marie
Te Hapuku (who sings with The Met) at the LDS Lincoln Center
Building was absolutely stunning! Wish I could have been
Going to Boston next week to hear pianist Biljana Milovanovic
soprano Rachelle Schmiege perform it.
11/22/09. C4 did a great job
performing Non avra ma
in New York last night. Marvelous choir, and a joy to work
Also just found out that I was a Finalist for the 2010 Look
Listen Festival Prize...close, but no cigar.
up a fantastic week as a Guest Composer at the ISU Contemporary Music
Festival. Gave a lecture/presentation, a roundtable session
Steve Reich, and a pre-concert talk with Kirk Trevor (conductor of the
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra). Processione
di lacrime went very well, and the ICO did a great job
world premiere of the orchestral version of the Requiem.
My Requiem was the Winner of the First Annual newEar Composition
Competition. newEar is a superb contemporary music ensemble
Kansas City, and they'll be performing the piece in the spring.
out I am a Co-Winner of the American Composers Forum-LA Composition
Competition for my piece Yellow. The piece will be performed
LA on 11/12 by Ensemble Green.
found out that I won First Prize in the 2009 Indianapolis Chamber
Orchestra Composition Competition. The ICO will be premiering
Requiem (finally!) at the 43rd Contemporary Music Festival on November
19th, and I'll be a Guest Composer at the Festival along with Steve
Reich. They will also be performing Processione di lacrime
on the Festival, as it was a winner of the "Music Now" Composition
Competition. Both competitions are blind juried (i.e. scores
submitted anonymously), and judged by completely independent panels.
There were something like 130 entries for the "Music Now"
contest. They were very surprised, and told me that in the 43
year history of the festival, nobody has ever won both competitions!
Needless to say I am very humbled and honored.
sax quartet OK-OK
was one of six works (out of hundreds of submissions) selected
submission to the ISCM World Music Days in Australia next spring.
Crossing fingers it will be chosen. Also just
heard from a
marimbist in Argentina that he will be performing Catherine's Wheel soon.soo
been a good week: I just heard from Subito Music that they've picked me
up as a composer. More details pending.
just informed that I've been elected as a member of the American
Composers Alliance (which only accepts 1-2 new members per year).
been nominated for the Pi Kappa Lambda National Commission, and
advanced to the next stage.
Good news, bad news (but mostly good!): The premiere of my
song cycle Sudden
pushed from August back to sometime in the fall (probably November),
but the good news is that MAG is now planning to use singers from The
Met. How cool would that be?
I'll be going to Aspen this summer! I'm a Guest Composer at the Aspen
Music School, a presenter at the Aspen Composers' Conference, and will
have the Dinosaur Annex commissioned piece (blur)
for clarinet & basset horn performed at the Aspen Institute,
of a video by
renowned artist Rita Blitt. SUPER excited.
Chamber for solo violin was released on a CD
contemporary chamber music called Metamorphosis on
the Beauport Classical label.
Will be on Amazon and iTunes soon, but you can get it directly from the
label for only $12.97!
Wheel and B(ee) Movie
were just picked
up for publication by Marimba Productions, the premier publisher for
Received notice today that I was awarded Honorable Mention in the
Boston Choral Ensemble's 2009 Composition Competition.
Just got a pretty fab 3/4-page featured review in Gramophone Magazine
Awards Issue, Oct. 2008). Read it here.
Species is now available for digital
download on iTunes
My CD Sixth Species
released on Albany (TROY1044). It is
available direct from Albany,
or from Amazon, CDUniverse,
Barnes & Noble.com, and many other stores (even Target.com!).
Exciting news: Just received a commission to write a new work for the
acclaimed Boston new music ensemble Dinosaur Annex, for spring 2009!!
I'm thrilled, as Dinosaur Annex is not only one of the top new music
ensembles, but SUPER COOL people, too! www.dinosaurannex.org
Just found out that my sax quartet OK-OK
was performed by TAWA
Quartet at the 18th International Jazz Festival in Lima,