Michael K. Slayton is an American composer who has written works in a cross-section of musical genres, with specific emphasis on chamber music. His continuing dedication to the value of artistic exchange has afforded him opportunity to partner with distinguished performers all over the world. His music, published by ACA, Inc. (BMI), is regularly programmed in the U.S. and abroad, including Chemnitz, Seitz, Leipzig, Droyssig, and Weimar, Germany; Graz, Austria; Paris,Tours, and Marquette-lez-Lille, France; Kristiansund, Norway; Aviero, Portugal; Brussles, Belgium; Johannesburg and Potchefstroom, South Africa; London, UK; and New York, NY.

Recent works include Kleemation (2016), commissioned by oboist Jared Hauser; Dreamers’ Meadows (2015), commissioned by The Atlantic Ensemble; Mirórs (2013); Meditation and Reflections, for viola (2012), commissioned by violist Christian Liberty Marshall; Fifth Prelude for Orchestra (2011), commissioned by Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra (Marcello Bussiki, director); Sursum (2010), commissioned by the Kreutzer Quartet, London; and A Hideous Veil (2010), commissioned by Blair Percussion Vortex (Michael Holland, director).

Since moving to Nashville in 1999, Slayton has received numerous commissions for choral, solo, orchestral and chamber works, including two pieces for the Nashville Ballet. During his M.M. and D.M.A. studies at the Moore’s School of Music (Houston TX), Slayton was under the tutelage of composers Michael Horvit and David Ashley White, and distinguished musicologist and author Howard Pollack. Currently, Slayton serves as Associate Professor and Chair of Composition & Theory at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.

Slayton is author/editor-in-chief of Women of Influence in Contemporary Music (Scarecrow Press, 2011), a book detailing the lives and music of several of America’s notable women in composition, including Elizabeth R. Austin,Susan Botti, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, Tania León, Cindy McTee, Marga Richter, and Judith Shatin.

A member of the American Composer’s Alliance, Society of Composers, Inc., the College Music Society, Connecticut Composers, Inc., and Broadcast Music, Inc., Michael Slayton continues to be an active participant in the national and international music community.

Albums

Moto Finale

Release Date: December 10, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6388
21st Century
Chamber
Piano Trio
MOTO FINALE brings the beloved chamber music series to a close with a number of works inspired by nature, loss, spiritual connection, and music of the past. The seasoned Trio Casals returns for this seventh and final installment to perform the works of seven composers in a diverse and conclusive capstone of modern composition. A fitting album to end the series, MOTO FINALE rewards the attention of listeners as it leads them on a journey of interweaving experiences. Trauma and chaos mingle with tranquility, nostalgia, melancholy, and hope, painting a broad emotional landscape.
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Music in the Listening Place

Release Date: February 9, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6142
21st Century
Liturgical
Vocal Music
Choir
We welcome Tucker Biddlecombe to the PARMA Recordings family with the debut of Music In The Listening Place, a collection of choral works performed by the Vanderbilt University Chorale and conducted by Biddlecombe. Biddlecombe demonstrates masterful programming in his ability to curate a modern listening experience based on mostly classical texts. Of particular note is Three Songs of Faith, an elegant collection of settings of e.e. cummings texts by Eric Whitacre.
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Sursum

Release Date: November 18, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6062
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Piano
String Quartet
With his new album SURSUM, composer Michael Slayton presents six compelling compositions, each performed by a different ensemble or solo performer. Despite the album’s varied & esteemed assemblage of performers, there lies a common thread throughout in both the form of Slayton’s distinguished composing style – dreamy but focused, and equal parts smooth and dissonant – as well as the imagery that the music conjures.
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Spectra

Release Date: August 1, 2014
Catalog Number: NV5964
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Piano
Violin
Continuing the mission of the original Capstone Records series by the Connecticut Composers, Inc., this debut Navona Records release of the same name, SPECTRA, highlights six contemporary composers from northeastern United States, who reflect the diversity and progression of today's music.
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