M C Maguire is a composer/producer who has created a very quirky post-modern hybrid that combines classical, pop, jazz, electro-acoustic, and world music traditions. He works primarily in his studios’ multi-track environment (up to 400 tracks) combining live recording, sampling, synths, exotic plugins, and digital editing possibilities. The finished product usually consists of a rigid, hierarchical, multi-layered construct, which is mathematically proportioned to reflect the philosophical / psychological thrust of each individual work's raison d’être.
He has just released his third CD ’Nothing Left to Destroy’, on Innova/Naxos, in the fall of 2011. His second CD, ‘Trash of Civilizations’ was released on Innova/Naxos in 2009 and nominated in the Grammy ¼ finals for Best Classical CD and Best Chamber Music Performance. His first CD,'Meta-Conspiracy', was released on John Zorn’s label, Tzadik, in 2007.
Reviews of his work include: ”we stand in awe of these mammoth constructions”, ”the music brims with ideas and abundant pleasures”, ”on the edge of a damaging collapse of the senses”, “teaches us something about ourselves and our culture”,” New Music got newer”, indescribably awesome stuff”, “absolutely nuts”, “exhilarating work”, “works to be heard to be believed”, ”stunning and loaded”,” brushes away the dust from all classical music”, “it destroys all the accepted ideas about aesthetics and beauty in Art”, “the most irritating and spellbinding composer since Philip Glass” and ”one of the most astonishing CDs I’ve ever heard”.
His work has been performed at the Stone in New York and the Bang on a Can Marathon (4 times). Many performances have also occurred in his native Vancouver and his current residence, Toronto. His most recent performance was in Hartford Ct. in January 2011, of ’Narcissus auf Bali’.
MC Maguire received his bachelors and Masters from UBC, Vancouver and did post-graduate work at Guildhall, London, and private study in Heidelberg, Germany. He also did Doctoral Studies at Eastman School of Music.