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Sky Macklay

New York, NY      

The music of composer, oboist, and installation artist Sky Macklay (b. 1988) explores bold contrasts, audible processes, humor, and the physicality of sound. Her works have been performed by ensembles such as ICE, Yarn/Wire, Wet Ink Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Dal Niente, and The Da Capo Chamber Players. Her piece for the Lexington Symphony was the winner of the 2013 Leo Kaplan award, the top prize in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In 2015 her sonic and kinetic installation of inflatable harmonica-playing robots, Harmonibots, received the Ruth Anderson Prize from The International Alliance for Women in Music. She has been commissioned by The New York Virtuoso Singers, Chamber Music America, and the Jerome Fund for New Music. Her string quartet Many Many Cadences, recorded on Spektral Quartet’s Grammy-nominated album, also received an ASCAP award. Originally from Minnesota, Sky is currently pursuing her DMA in composition at Columbia University in NYC. Sky teaches at Columbia and at The Walden School Young Musicians Program.

Many Many Cadences

I wrote this piece for Spektral Quartet and they recorded it on their 2016 Grammy-nominated album Serious Business.

Fly's Eyes

I wrote this piece for Wet Ink Ensemble and they premiered it in April, 2016.

What does joy sound like to a mouse? To a moose???
What does joy sound like to a blue bird? To a blue whale???
What do these sounds explained by these animals look like to a fly and…
What does what they look like to a fly through her compound eye sound like?
Answer: this piece.


Harmonibots is a sonic and kinetic installation of inflatable harmonica-playing sculptures installed here at the Waseca Art Center in Minnesota, January 2015.