Elliott Miles McKinley                                    composer

Select Recent & Upcoming Events

October, 2016

  1. World-Premiere of String Quartet No. 8 with the ISU Faculty String Quartet at the 50th Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival. Terre Haute, IN.  

May 28, 2016

  1. Three Portraits with Verdant Vibes. Aurora, Providence, RI..

April 18, 2016

  1. World-premiere (complete) of Of Memories and Love: Summer 1978. Essex Chamber Music Players, Haverhill, MA.

“The ‘jazziness’ is so throughly digested... [and] equally well grounded in the string quartet tradition, the influences of Beethoven, Bartok, Shostakovich and others being conveyed by a subtle and distinctive voice... The music begs for repeated hearings.”
- Ken Smith, Gramophone Magazine 

“These works... communicate directly to the audience as well as to the player... McKinley’s quartets best feature is that , actually, they almost defy  analysis and must be described almost totally in emotional and artistic terms... He is a new name to me but one well worth getting to know.”
- Daniel Coombs, AudiophileAudition

“As could be expected from a collusion of [Elliott] Carter and 
Miles [Davis], rhythms are invariably skewed 
into something extraordinary.”
- Frank J. Otieri, New Music Box (www.newmusicbox.org)

“McKinley provides a varied feast of textures, ideas and emotions that delight the ear and warm the soul... [his] art is as varied as the planet and happily repays repeated visits.”
- James Wegg Review (www.jamesweggreview.org)

“...chords shift into one another in a mesmeric thread
of the utmost beauty.”
- Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine (www.fanfarearchive.com)

“...the strength of McKinley’s music lies in his lively rhythms and elastic melodies, and [his] impressive works show a composer mastering his medium with consummate craft and a fertile, almost improvisational, imagination.”
- Blair Sanderson All Music Guide (www.allmusic.com)

“Elaborate Bop-like lines...serpentine lyricism...all unified by an individual sense of form, wit and texture...a promising young American.”
- Michael Greenberg, San Antonio Express-News (www.express-news.com)