Artist Profile

MacKenzie Reed

Studio Resident (2015 - 2016)

Composer, Music
Statement of Work

My artistic practice has evolved naturally from my background as a classically trained pianist, organist, and harpsichordist. Although I accomplished much in that regard, five years ago I realized that I was unsatisfied solely reinterpreting others’ works. My compositions are rooted in western art music but draw upon heavy metal and the Eastern European folk music tradition.

Although composing music for its own sake is very enjoyable, I am passionate about creating music that serves as a living, breathing, vital function in a theatrical performance piece. I believe that performance has the power to contribute powerfully and meaningfully to the individual and society. My favorite musical creations have a cinematic quality, which lends well to theatrical collaborations. Whether intended for theatrical collaboration or not, my musical oeuvre tells a story, paints a picture, or explores a human experience. My aim as an artist is to use all of my skills and experiences, as well as my collaborative abilities, to create truthful, narrative-driven performance art which invites the audience to participate in a positive, communal experience.

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