Mason Bates - Mainframe Tropics (2009)
Mason Bates is the latest shiny object in the firmament of American orchestral music. He recently dethroned Jennifer Higdon from her second place on the list of most performed living Americans. (John Adams rules perennially at number one.) 2017 will see the premiere of his new opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. If his experience follows form, he will soon have interviews on prime-time PBS and his fifteen minutes in mainstream culture will officially have arrived. Not bad for a composer just hitting forty.
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