Kevin Michael Kay - Quiver


Premiered 5/12/2018 by the Imani Winds at Rockefeller Chapel (University of Chicago). Legs shaking, neurons firing. This feeling will pass. Anxiety: a feeling "marked by excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior," (

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Kevin Michael Kay (b. 1995) is inspired by the ways in which our universe manifests sound, and through his art, he explores how sound behaves in our world both physically and naturally. He considers his works to be auditory experiences in which harmonic languages are established and immerse listeners in specific contained soundscapes. These harmonic languages tend to utilize the physics of sound by exploring the harmonic series, just intonation, and the physical properties of the instruments in transparent and idiomatic ways. His music is focused on exploring an evolution of timbre and texture in time. Kevin holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Chicago where he studied with Sam Pluta. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from William and Mary in May 2017 with a B.S. in physics and music where his primary mentors were Sophia Serghi and Brian Hulse.