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Photo © Peter Serling 2010
Michael Gordon's music merges subtle rhythmic invention with incredible power embodying, in the words of
The New Yorker's
Alex Ross, "the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz, and the intransigence of classical modernism." Over the past 25 years, Gordon has produced a strikingly diverse body of work, ranging from large-scale pieces for high-energy ensembles to major orchestral commissions and works conceived specifically for the recording studio. Transcending categorization, his music represents the collision of mysterious introspection and brutal directness.
Gordon has been commissioned by Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Stuttgart Ballet, the New World Symphony, the National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, the BBC Proms, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Settembre Musica, the Holland Music Festival, the Dresden Festival and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival, among others. His music has been performed at the Kennedy Center, Theatre De La Ville, Barbican Centre, Oper Bonn, Kölner Philharmonie and the Southbank Centre. The recipient of multiple awards and grants, Gordon has been honored by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His recordings include "Timber" (Cantaloupe), "Weather" (Nonesuch), "Light is Calling" (Nonesuch), "Decasia" (Cantaloupe), "[purgatorio] POPOPERA" (Cantaloupe), "Van Gogh" (Cantaloupe), "Trance" (Argo/Cantaloupe), and "Big Noise from Nicaragua" (CRI).