The work of Kevin Malone spans genres and media beyond conventional labeling. He is equally at home with electronics, multimedia and harpsichords to choirs and orchestras, embracing postmodernist and hybrid approaches across his work.

 

Abandoning high Modernism, Malone speaks with an open, personal expression, freeing his music from the baggage of serious high art music without actually throwing away the bags.

His concert music often embraces theatricality. A Clockwork Operetta, a cabaret commissioned by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, sets the discarded pop lyrics from Burgess’ unused film script of A Clockwork Orange. Herstories Unsung attacks women’s social and political inequalities by having the solo pianist restrained as she attempts to play outspoken passages. The People Protesting Drum Out Bigly Covfefe is a piano fantasy drawn entirely from chants at protest rallies in the USA and UK - a genuine voice of the people brought into the concert hall.

Manchester Opera Project commissioned the full-length Mark Twain-inspired opera Mysterious 44, featuring the specially recorded voice of Richard Dawkins, which was premiered at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2016, followed by the American premiere by Hartford Opera Theater USA.


Malone composed seven works about 9/11. One "urban" orchestral work is World Trade Center concerto Eighteen Minutes with two double bass soloists, which NAXOS chose for its Top 20 Recommended tracks for September 2016 out of 2 million tracks, while Requiem77 is for cello or saxophone with air traffic controller tapes.


Across the globe, some of the championing orchestras, ensembles and soloists include Psappha, Ricochet, Riot Ensemble, Jane's Minstrels, PRISM Quartet, Ebonit Quartet, Quatuor Danel, Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Ensemble Archi,  Opera North Orchestra, Dnipropetrovsk Symphony Orchestra, Radio State Orchestra Ukraine, Kiev Chamber Orchestra, Winston-Salem Symphony, Long Island Symphony, Manchester Sinfonia, Fidelio Trio, Joanne MacGregor, Kronos' Hank Dutt, Alison Wells, Jane Manning, Richard Casey, Roger Heaton, Beth Levin, Adam Swayne, Emily Howard Cobley, Andy Long and John Turner.


Malone is Reader in Composition at the University of Manchester, UK.
 

Latest News

March 30, 2019

"Creations: Story-Songs for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra" receives vibrant, sold-out performance at University of Manchester's Whitworth Hall

The University of Manchester Chorus and Orchestra with conductor Robert Guy gave a vibrant performance of the 55-minute cantata on 30 March in the spacious Whitworth Hall, with tickets sold out a week in advance.  "Creations" was commissioned by the Society for the Promotion for New Music, and first performed by Southwell Choral Society with conductor Nicholas Thorpe. It complements Haydn's "The Creation" by telling the raucous, drunken, destructive and tender creation stories of 13 other cultures.  Get the vocal score from Composer Edition!

March 25, 2019

BBC Music Magazine April 2019 chooses "The People Protesting Drum Out Bigly Covfefe" CD of the Month

BBC Music Magazine chose Adam Swayne's new solo CD "Speak to Me: New Music, New Politics", with "The People Protesting Drum Out Bigly Covfefe" as Instrumental CD of the Month for its April edition, citing the work as having "plenty of dramatic tension". Check out the photos and 2/3rds' page spread on p144!

January 19, 2019

BBC Radio 3 chooses "The People Protesting Drum Out Bigly Covfefe"

BBC Radio 3's Andrew MacGregor on "Record Review" picks Adam Swayne's new solo CD "Speak to Me: New Music, New Politics", with "The People Protesting Drum Out Bigly Covfefe" as one of two tracks broadcasted.  MacGregor was especially intrigued by the cover image of a glaring disheveled (and brilliant) pianist donning a "crudely knitted" pink hat.

November 29, 2018

Brexit in Nursery Rhymes? Here's the musical story.

Versatile mezzo-soprano Emily Howard Cobley will premiere the collection of 14 miniature songs which tell the story of Brexit in "Nursery Rhymes Strong and Stable" on 29 November at the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester.  Sing a song of sixpence, indeed.  13:10 - 14:00, free event, no ticket needed.

October 02, 2018

"Angels and Fireflies" receives stunning Kiev performance

The National Chamber Orchestra of Ukraine with conductor Bogdan Plish and flautist Svitlana Ivanova presented a passionate, heart-felt performance of "Angels and Fireflies" in the International Kiev Music Festival on 3 Oct 2018 at The Church of St Nicholas, preceded by television interviews and followed by some well-deserved vodka toasts.  A mighty festival, which was opened by Penderecki conducting his "Credo".

September 19, 2018

Arts Council England funds "A Day in the Life" with Orchestra of Opera North

I have received a major grant from Grants for the Arts to fund the commission and performances of three works for the textile community project "A Day in the Life" with the Orchestra of Opera North.  The performance dates are 3, 4, 5, 11, 25 May 2019 in the Leeds-Bradford region, plus some extra performances.  Watch this space!

August 17, 2018

Opera North Orchestra project on music about textile mills

Andy Long, violin virtuoso and recording artist from Orchestra of Opera North and New World Ensemble, has started a collaboration with Kevin to visit textile mill regions in North West, England to create a series of pieces about life in these close-knit communities.

August 13, 2018

"The People Protesting Drum Out Bigly Covfefe" recorded by Adam Swayne for Coviello Classics

Adam Swayne donned a pink knitted hat and whipped up a furious, witty recording of this anti-Trump piano fantasy based on protest rallies in the USA and UK.  Watch this space for the release in November.

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