photo by Rob Clatterbuck
Casey Mullin, Violist, co-commissioner of the Sonata for Viola and Piano
"...This experience will live with me for a very long time, and it is no exaggeration (though perhaps partly influenced by post-concert afterglow) to say that this is a new high watermark in my musical life."
American Record Guide
"...a composer whose heart and care are palpable. His melodic sensibilities are at center stage...Dayton is a young composer who has a voice that deserves to be heard often."
Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press
"Dayton’s lyrical sensibility is immediately apparent..."
Tim Smith, Artsmash Critic, Baltimore Sun
"Dayton's choice of poetry in the "American Masses" suite -- John Ashbery's "Just Walking Around," May Swenson's "I Will Be Earth," Ronald Johnson's "The Core" -- is as astute as his settings. With a refined sense of melodic arcs and harmonic motion, Dayton expresses the essence of each text tellingly."
Fernando de Szyszlo, Painter, Winner of the Order of the Sun of Peru:
"Thanks to you for the pleasure you have given me with your music and for understanding what I search for in painting."
Brett Harper, Executor of the Estate of Charley Harper:
"[Peter] not only has permission to use my late father's artwork per his request, but he has my insistence that he do so."
John Hitchens, Painter, Executor of the Estate of Ivon Hitchens [writing about the orchestral version of From Sombre Lands]:
"Deep extremities, broad sonorities, intent on their own journey. Some delicious complex chords of poised grace and intent, and floating cadences of suspended thought. Towering sound structures with shafts of light..."
Josephine McLaughlan, Co-Director of Ablaze Records:
"[Grounds, for String Orchestra] has tremendous instrumental color, beautiful textures, impressive formal structure and most of all uses the string orchestra brilliantly."
Bruce Polay, Conductor/Artistic Director of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony:
"I appreciate having had the opportunity to peruse your intriguing and wonderfully crafted From Sombre Lands. From my view, you have created a wonderfully rich and sensitive atmosphere with a vast array of flexible and translucent coloration both in the piano writing and the orchestration that this viewer considers among your many strong suits as a gifted musician and composer."