Sky Macklay

Columbia University

Sperm Count Zero

Sperm Count Zero, the project she will develop at the Institute, is a large-scale theatrical piece for voice, instruments, and electronics dealing with issues of agency and powerlessness in human and animal reproduction.

Sky Macklay is a composer, oboist, and installation artist and is part of the Composition Faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She received her DMA in musical composition in 2018 from Columbia University. Her music is conceptual yet expressive, exploring extreme contrasts, audible processes, humor, and the physicality of sound, and has been commissioned by The Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, Chamber Music America, The Barlow Endowment, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Gaudeamus Muziekweek. In 2015 she was awarded the Ruth Anderson Prize from The International Alliance for Women in Music, and is a 2021-2022 Guggenheim Fellow.

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