Photo Credit: Jordan Martins
Bill MacKay is a Chicago-based composer, improvisor, guitarist and writer. He has created an extensive body of original work, while energizing the folk, avant-garde, and experimental diaspora.
MacKay’s blissful harmonic control and outside-the-box guitar mastery are one with his compelling songwriting, and his creative voyage and imaginative influences are fully displayed across his discography.
His recent recordings include: Keys (2021) with Nathan Bowles, Scarf (2020), STIR (2019) with Katinka Kleijn, Fountain Fire (2019), and Esker (2017), and were released by Drag City.
MacKay is also a poet, visual artist and polyglot, and is a member of both the avant-garde rock outfit Black Duck (with Doug McCombs) and the experimental groove-drone project BCMC (with Cooper Crain).
- Short piece The Milkman appears in the book Navigation to Nowhere: Searching for Paris, Texas (Cattywampus Press, September 2021)
- Article on Laura Nyro's timeless record: Bill MacKay on New York Tendaberry (Aquarium Drunkard, September, 2021)