Now at Copland House
The proverbial "Three B's" for Lansing McLoskey; who'll be in residence through mid-June; were not Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms; but rather Bauhaus, The Beatles, and Black Flag. His first experiences at writing music were not exercises in counterpoint, but as the guitarist/songwriter for punk bands in the 1980s. It was during these years in punk-rock that he first developed a love for classical music. McLoskey spent over 20 years as an early music singer/conductor, and has a special interest in composing for voice. He has written for some of the world’s preeminent vocal ensembles, including The Crossing, Hilliard Ensemble, Cincinnati Vocal Arts, ensemberlino vocale (Berlin), Liber unUsualis, Tapestry, and Boston Secession. His recent commissions include those from the Barlow Foundation (for an 80-minute oratorio for The Crossing); Passepartout Duo (Belgium); the New Spectrum Foundation for violinist Miranda Cuckson; and Berlin PianoPercussion. His music has been performed in 18 countries on six continents, and has won more than two dozen awards, including two from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Professor at the Frost School of Music, he has been Composer-in-Residence at a half-dozen festivals, and has given masterclasses/presentations at more than 30 schools and festivals, including Aspen and Tanglewood. Most importantly, he is an avid surfer, skateboarder, and cyclist.