Mason Bates

Desert Transport

        Ready for a helicopter ride over the desert? That’s what this imaginative composition is all about. Mason Bates is a young American composer known for his adroit blending of electronic resources into the traditional symphony orchestra medium. His highly acclaimed compositions for orchestra and “electronica” bear evocative titles such as Omnivorous Furniture, Rusty Air in Carolina, and Music from Underground Spaces. But, in Desert Transport, the composer has elected to stay with the still-impressive resources of the traditional instruments of the symphony orchestra. Bates was graduated from both the Juilliard School and the University of California at Berkeley, and currently is the Composer in Residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.