Mason Bates

Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow - Class of Spring 2005


American Academy Project: The Spaces of Progressive Electronica
Current Location: California


Mason Bates moves fluidly between the worlds of classical concert music and underground electronica. His symphonic work Omnivorous Furniture, for symphonietta & electronica, was commissioned by The Los Angeles Philharmonic and premiered at Disney Hall. The Biava Quartet gave the premiere of his chamber work in New York's Alice Tully Hall, a string quartet commissioned by The Naumburg Foundation. Active as a performer, Bates has played his concerto for synthesizer with The Atlanta and Phoenix Symphonies, and he also stays busy as a DJ of underground hip-hop in the San Francisco and Rome scenes. As Masonic, he has often appeared at clubs such as 111 Minna, Skylark, and Cloud 9 in San Francisco, or at venues such as Rome's Scarabocchio and Metaverso in Testaccio, the thriving electronica scene tunneled inside an ancient pottery dump. Bates studied music composition and English literature at Columbia University and The Juilliard School with John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, and Samuel Adler. Bates currently holds the position of composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony.

Photo: © 2005 Mike Minehan

American Academy Project

The Spaces of Progressive Electronica