SOON: a new composition for seven bassoons
Michael Gordon: Rushes: SAT, SEPT 15, 8 PM
Michael Gordon: RushesSAT, SEPT 15, 8 PM

With one of the most unorthodox ensembles imaginable, New York City-based Michael Gordon, composer and founder of the iconic new music organization Bang on a Can, culminates a recording residency with the world premiere of a new work for seven bassoons. Best known for music driving rhythmic intensity and power, Gordon explores interweaving texture and timbre of a surplus of double reeds.

The Rushes ensemble includes bassoonists Rachael Elliott, Michael Harley, Lynn Hileman, Dana Jessen, Jeffrey Lyman, Saxton Rose, and Maya Stone.

Gordon discussing the piece

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 to works conceived specifically for the recording studio. Transcending categorization, this music represents the collision of mysterious introspection and brutal directness. Gordon holds a BA from NYU and a master’s in music from Yale. He is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York's legendary music collective Bang on a Can.

Photo Credits: Kris Qua

EMPAC 2012-2013 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by continuous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, and Fond for Utøvende Kunstner.

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