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Billy Lackey

Saint Paul, MN   

Motivated by a passion for connecting, sound, movement, ritual, and technology, Billy’s mission is to transmit moving sonic ritualistic experiences across networks and media using technologies that spark memories of lived and imagined experiences. Billy found passion for sound and motion on club dance floors at an early age. Billy’s continued exploration of acoustic/electronic/electroacoustic sounds and the movement of those sounds can be heard in the form of concert works, installations, theatrical pieces, and on the dance floor.  

In 2019, Billy was selected as an Associate Artist with the Atlantic Center for the Arts to begin work on a performance installation piece entitled the pulse of rotary phones make my heart flutter for  viola (plus processed vocals), sampler (plus processed vocals), and an interactive sound sculpture of 189 rotary phones. In 2011, Billy was as awarded a McKnight Visiting Composer Residency with the American Composers Forum to collaborate with several communities in Hector, Minnesota, to develop a multimedia work that explored the history of farming in that part of the state. His experience in Hector gave him a new perspective on how composers can find interesting ways to engage community.

Billy’s music was featured at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Etchings Festival for Contemporary Music (Auvillar, France), the International Double Reed Society Annual Conference, Studio 300 Digital Art and Music Festival, Region 4 Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance, Great Plains Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, and the Festival of New American Music (Sacramento, CA). Billy’s music has been performed by The California E.A.R. Unit, New York Art Ensemble, newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, Odyssey Chamber Music Series, and Quixotic Performance Fusion. 

Currently, Billy serves as Vice President of Programs at the American Composers Forum and is on the Creative Programming Taskforce for the Schubert Club. Billy held the positions of  Assistant Teaching Professor of Composition and Managing Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

screaming electric whispers

screaming electric whispers for alto saxophone and electronics was composed for saxophonist Leo C. Saguiguit

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