Ken Steen

Guest Composer

Ken Steen

Ken Steen's music and sound art is recognized internationally for its authentic vitality, remarkable range, and distinctive personal vision: from Mumbai to Tripoli, Buenos Aires to Reykjavík, Melbourne, and NYC. Whether acoustic, instrumental or vocal, electronic, or some multimedia combination, his work has been characterized as seductively gorgeous, featuring sumptuous textures of gradual yet unpredictable evolution. Since 2010 Steen's multifarious sound works have enjoyed over 200 performances worldwide. Upcoming commissions include a new piano trio for the Galen Trio (Greece), and a set of pieces for Entwyned Early Music for early instruments and electronics, both to be premiered in Spring of 2022. Most recently, his 7.1 surround soundwork í efternär aftur, premiered at the 2021 Bernaola Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, and his video puppet opera APART/MENTAL was named winner of the 2020 Bury Court Opera Award (U.K.)., available on Helio ) beginning mid-December 2021), a new web-based performing arts film platform <helioarts.com>. Steen is Professor of Composition and Theory at the Hartt School, University of Hartford.