Kevin Laskey

Fourth Year Graduate Student in Composition
103, Music Building

I’m a composer of conflicting interests: indeterminacy and control, drama and stasis, noise and consonance, wit and gravity, irony and sincerity, the vernacular and the formal. Some of my recent pieces include a concerto for improviser and string orchestra, a setting of Walt Whitman’s “Come Up From the Fields Father” that draws from American folk traditions, and a piece for jazz big band inspired by events in Ferguson, Missouri and beyond. I’ve been lucky to work with some amazing and kind performers—So Percussion, trombonist Ray Anderson, Warp Trio, the San Francisco Choral Artists, and members of the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players.

In addition to my composing activities, I'm an active jazz drummer and musical theater orchestrator.  I also edits the blog JazzSpeaks, which features interviews with many exciting jazz artists of today.