"Smart, compelling and fascinating music that gives strong hints of a punk-band past.…a chaotic collision of exuberant populist style with a bluesy edge and infectious punch. … Sixth Species offers a bracing sampler from an engaging, greatly gifted composer I hope to hear more from."
— Lawrence A. Johnson, Gramophone Magazine. (review of Lansing's CD Sixth Species in the annual Awards Issue, Oct. 2008)
McLoskey composes music that is keenly heard and deeply felt.
reveals a remarkable sensitivity…resulting in works of
emotional intensity. Avoiding
any allegiance to “isms” he has developed a
unique musical voice which is clear and distinctive."
– The American Academy of Arts and Letters, on the occasion of his receiving the 2011 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship.
"Lansing McLoskey’s is a
distinctive voice in present day American music. This CD offers a
fascinating cross-section of
his vocal and instrumental chamber music and bears witness to
ear for instrumental sonorities."
– Carlos María Solare. The Journal of the American Viola Society.
"Lansing McLoskey’s Specific Gravity: 2.72
followed and contained some of the most successful moments of the
evening. Commissioned for newEar’s twentieth season, McLoskey
found inspiration in emeralds (the 20th anniversary stone) and the soggetto cavato
process of implanting names into musical form, in this instance the
pitches of "newEar" became the germ of the piece. Luckily the two
gelled into a magnificent work,
especially the second movement, "November Graveyard." This movement was
graceful with lush harmonies and an overall quietude of reflection. His
use of metallic percussion instruments in this movement created subtle
palettes for the winds and strings to float upon..."
– Lee Harman, KC Metropolis, Nov. 14, 2012.
interests have evolved from being a guitarist and songwriter for punk
bands to a composer of some
of the most unique and engaging
contemporary music written
today. … Upon hearing [his work] saxophonists
will probably be awaiting
future compositions from this fine composer."
– Benjamin Faris. The Saxophone Symposium.
Prex Penitentialis is an evocative
inspired work that does a great job of
connecting the centuries old
script with today's troubled psyche. It is a modern work which
the listener and doesn't attempt to alienate the audience. It achieves
simply reaching into the meaning behind the words in the text, and
it's intent through powerful and emotive music. A rare
skill that Lansing McLoskey has obviously mastered.”
–Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinal, May 2011.
“…one of the
most exceptional and inspiring
concerts I have ever attended….
inspired me to be more critical when thinking about musical
sonority, form and thematic development in the future."
– Elizabeth Perten, Boston Musical Intelligencer.
is real music,
with rhythm, melody, harmony, and form, which the listener can
definitely is from the twentieth century."
–Thomas Hall, Journal of the American Viola Society
"A major talent ... and a deep thinker with a great ear. ... His Requiem, ver.2.001x is distinctive, fascinating, and compelling."
–American Composers Orchestra press release
other standout on the program, McLoskey's
Requiem...[is] a beautiful piece,
that conveys both ethereal solemnity and wrathful reckoning."
–Michael Manning, The Boston Globe
in fact the heart of the concert, for this listener, was an unassuming
piece [Rosetta stone] by Lansing D. McLoskey - the "D" standing
dense, demanding, daring.
... The opening was an
explosively metric movement of terrifying complexity and jagged
it was a second
movement of rounded, mantralike piano clusters interspersed with
in the treble instruments. McLoskey... created a magical sonority
mysterious but thought-provoking piece."
–Paul Horsley, The Kansas City Star
"Moraine...immediately grabs hold of the
listener's attention with as
commanding a statement by the orchestra as found in any other work. With textures that vary
solos to a harmony heavy with polytonality, the composer reveals here
talent that helped him win the prize."
–Marcus Kalipolites, The Times Herald Record
on Black Flag, the Beatles and Bauhaus for inspiration, McLoskey writes
experimental new classical music for solo instruments, chamber and
are extremely rhythmic
at times, loose and ghostly at others, marked by considerable control
instrumental range, combination and dynamics.
Countermelodies run in different directions and keys,
listenable and exciting despite dissonant piano jabs and extreme
tension. It's no wonder this
young artist is winning awards and grants
-- he's drawing on modern masters, injecting Punk's energy, and finding
ways to convey emotion without disassociating himself with his
–Jesse Terry, Listen.com
"...one of the
best composers of [his] generation."
–Frank LaRocca, Composers Inc.