A recent album by Keeril Makan, Associate Professor of Music at MIT, has been named one of the 10 best classical music recordings for 2013 by Time Out magazine.
Makan’s album is titled “Afterglow,” a reference to the composer’s focus on the harmonic resonance of notes and chords, as well as the durations of those resonances.
“The always-stimulating International Contemporary Ensemble dipped into bottomless reserves of precision and patience for this gripping collection of works by Boston-based composer Makan, whose music emphasizes color, timbre, sonority and space to rapturous effect,” praised Time Out.
Recently described by The New Yorker as “an arrestingly gifted young American composer,” Makan’s work has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, American Composers Orchestra, Harvard Musical Association, and Carnegie Hall, among others.
Makan is part of MIT’s robust Music Program, along with such notable contemporary composers as Elena Ruehr, John Harbison, and Evan Ziporyn. During the course of 4 years, nearly half of MIT’s 4000 undergraduates participate in the program – 1,500 in music classes and 500 in a variety of performing groups.