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Michael Gordon

Biography

Born: July 20, 1956; Miami Beach, FL  
Composer Michael Gordon is the co-founder and co-director of New York's Bang on a Can new music festival. Although he was born in Florida, Gordon grew up in an Eastern European community in Nicaragua. He eventually returned to the U.S. and studied composition with Martin Bresnick at Yale, and played in various rock bands in N.Y.C. His works have been performed by the Icebreaker ensemble of London ("Trance" and "Yo Read more Shakespeare"), Ensemble Modern ("Love Bead"), and the Michael Gordon Philharmonic. Icebreaker has recorded a couple of Gordon's works for releases on Argo, and performed his score for the Jeyasingh Dance Company piece "Intimacies of a Third Order." Formed in 1983, the Michael Gordon Philharmonic adds string instruments to a rock group's instrumentation. In the years since its founding, the Philharmonic has toured North America and Europe. Gordon began working in the music theater in the early '90s, collaborating with video artist Elliot Caplan on Van Gough Video Opera (1991). He has since worked on other operas, including Chaos, and comic-book opera The Carbon Copy Building (1999). In 2001, his first collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison Decasia premiered and has since been performed at several festivals. Decasia places the orchestra and large projection screens around the audience. Such multi-media works and other projects that bend the traditional make-up of ensembles are common in his work. Timber (2009) is a percussion sextet performed on 2x4s and accompanied by dancers. Read less
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  • 1.
    Michael Gordon: Rushes
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21097 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rushes Ensemble
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    Shelter / Brad Lubman, Ensemble Signal
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21083 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon,  David Lang,  Julia Wolfe
    Conductor:  Brad Lubman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Signal
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    Strange Paths / Justin Dehart
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 849 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon,  Iannis Xenakis,  Brian Ferneyhough,  Stuart Saunders Smith
    Performer:  Justin DeHart
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    Simple Songs / Douglas Perkins
    Label: New Focus   Catalog: 126 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nathan Davis,  Tristan Perich,  Beau Sievers,  David Lang  ... 
    Performer:  Doug Perkins
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    Big Beautiful Dark And Scary / Bang On A Can All Stars
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21074 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Conlon Nancarrow,  Julia Wolfe,  David Longstreth,  David Lang  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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    Todd Reynolds: Outerborough
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 741 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Todd Reynolds,  Phil Kline,  Michael Gordon,  Paul de Jong  ... 
    Performer:  Ken Thomson,  Todd Reynolds
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    A/Rythmia
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 467708 Release Date: 09/15/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benedict Mason,  Michael Gordon,  György Ligeti,  David Wong  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Pierson,  Payton MacDonald
    Conductor:  Alan Pierson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alarm Will Sound
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  • 8.
    Gordon: Van Gogh / Alarm Will Sound
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21044 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon
    Conductor:  Alan Pierson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alarm Will Sound
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  • 9.
    American Voices - Glass, Hyla, Spangler, Etc / Saca
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 675 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Keeril Makan,  Michael Gordon,  Chris Theofanidis,  Lee Hyla  ... 
    Performer:  Brian Sacawa
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    Ac/Dc / Sentieri Selvaggi
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21030 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon,  Filippo Del Corno,  Ludovico Einaudi,  Louis Andriessen  ... 
    Performer:  Paola Fre,  Thomas Schrott,  Annibale Rebaudengo,  Mirco Ghirardini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Boccadoro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sentierri Selvaggi
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    Electricity - Works For Cello And Electronics / Shapiro
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 726 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon,  Jukka Tiensuu,  Mario Davidovsky,  Kaija Saariaho  ... 
    Performer:  Madeleine Shapiro
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    Gordon: Trance / Icebreaker
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21018 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon
    Performer:  Brendon Ball,  Julian Brewer,  Michael Wildgust,  Mark Robinson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Icebreaker (Classical)
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    Bang On A Can Classics
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21010 Release Date: 10/04/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon,  Nick Didkovsky,  Lois V. Vierk,  Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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    M. Gordon: Decasia / Kasper De Roo, Basel Sinfonietta
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21008 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon
    Conductor:  Kasper De Roo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Sinfonietta
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    New Line - Gordon, Lang, Wolfe: Lost Objects / Bang On A Can
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 84107 Release Date: 05/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon
    Performer:  Joseph Carver,  Lorenzo Alpert,  Hedwig Von der Linde,  James Woodrow  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Epple
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Bang on a Can,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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  • 16.
    Renegade Heaven / Bang On A Can
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21001 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon,  Phil Kline,  Glenn Branca,  Arnold Dreyblatt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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    Cri 40th Anniversary - The Composer-performer
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 670 Release Date: 10/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon,  Tan Dun,  Alice Shields,  Victoria Jordanova  ... 
    Performer:  Bob Loughlin,  John Lad,  Ted Kuhn,  Michael Gordon  ... 
    Conductor:  Tan Dun
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Gordon Philharmonic,  Nine Song Chorus,  Nine Song Ensemble  ... 
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  • 18.
    Emergency Music - Michael Gordon: Big Noise From Nicaragua
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 636 Release Date: 06/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon
    Performer:  Rohan de Saram,  Yvar Mikhashoff,  Roger Dean,  Philippa Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Guy Protheroe,  Linda Bouchard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spectrum,  Michael Gordon Philharmonic
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  • 19.
    Emergency Music - Bang On A Can Live Vol 1
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 628 Release Date: 01/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon,  Allison Cameron,  Evan Ziporyn,  Julia Wolfe  ... 
    Performer:  Bob Loughlin,  Evan Ziporyn,  Michael Pugliese,  John Lad  ... 
    Conductor:  Dan Kennedy,  Lorraine Vaillancourt,  Scott Lindroth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Gordon Philharmonic,  Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
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