A fierce experimentalist, Stephen Bailey is a Colorado-based composer, instrument maker, arranger, producer and sound engineer. Stephen’s compositional output embodies a language which is deeply expressive and highly textural. This definitively contemporary language borrows techniques from composers of minimalism, sound mass, new simplicity, and post-serialism, integrating them and exploring their capabilities as tools for the expression of the realities of the human condition on the canvases of electronic, chamber, choral, and orchestral music. The result can be both ecstatically serene and forcefully chaotic, both sumptuously beautiful and disturbingly ugly. Common topics for Stephen’s music include night, death, sleep, science, nature, and the struggle of human beings to relate to the world around them.
Stephen’s music has been featured twice on the Playground Ensemble’s annual Colorado Composer’s Concert, as well as their 2013 New Creations concert. Stephen was also one of three composers to have their music performed at The Classical Salon at Dazzle Nightclub. His devotion to modern music has garnered him commissions from the Metropolitan State University of Denver Men’s Choir, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and a number of Denver-area musicians and chamber groups. He has studied composition with composers such as Conrad Kehn, Leanna Kirchoff, Fred Hess, Cherise Leiter, Abbie Betinis, Brian Johanson, Chris Malloy, and Bill Hill. He holds a Masters of Music in composition from the University of Denver, a Bachelor of Music degree and an Associate of Arts degree in music composition from Metropolitan StateUniversity of Denver and Arapahoe Community College respectively
In addition to his musical activities, Stephen is an avid home brewer and beer aficionado and lives in the Denver area with his wife, Kelly, and cat, Samson.