Nathaniel Stookey

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Nathaniel Stookey (b. 1970) is an American classical music composer. He is the youngest composer ever commissioned for the San Francisco Symphony's New and Unusual Music Series.[1] He collaborated with children's book author Lemony Snicket on the work The Composer Is Dead, a musical introduction to the orchestra for children.[2]

In 2007 as an artist in residence with Norcal Waste Systems (San Francisco's garbage company), he composed Junkestra, a classical composition for thirty instruments made out of trash found at the San Francisco dump. Among the instruments are a plastic trash can lid, bicycle wheels, a car bumper, pots, pans, mixing bowls, serving trays, sewer pipes, deck railing, a saw, a bird cage, a shopping cart, glass bottles, and an oil drum.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Tyche Hendricks (2007-10-21). "Junk orchestra will spotlight recycling". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  2. ^ Minzesheimer, Bob (2009-03-02). "Compose yourself: Snicket is back with a kids' mystery, CD". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  3. ^ Joshua Kosman (2007-11-11). "Garbage in, music out". San Francisco Chronicle. 


External links[edit]

  • movement 2 - recording hosted by Sunset Scavenger (audio file)