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.