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Gordon Beeferman

Gordon Beeferman, composer and pianist, has created a diverse body of adventurous work spanning opera, orchestral, chamber, and vocal music, jazz and free improvisation, and collaborations with dance and other arts. His chamber opera “The Rat Land,” written with librettist Charlotte Jackson, was hailed by The New York Times as "complex and daringly modern...gritty, fidgety and intriguing.” Beeferman leads two groups which perform his compositions: Other Life Forms, a quartet, and Music for an Imaginary Band, a septet, described by Time Out New York as a "commanding avant-jazz ensemble." A "fully liberated pianist" (Cadence Magazine), Beeferman has performed extensively in New York as well as across the US and Canada; highlights include appearances at Roulette, ISSUE Project Room, the Vision Festival, MATA Festival, Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY), and the Music Gallery (Toronto), and on tour with the Philip Glass Ensemble in Einstein on the Beach. His music has been commissioned and/or performed by the New York City Opera orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Quartet New Generation recorder collective, Momenta Quartet, American Brass Quintet, eighth blackbird, California EAR Unit, and others. He has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the BMI Foundation, and Concert Artists Guild, three BMI Student Composer Awards, a Tanglewood fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Copland House. Beeferman’s collaborations with choreographers have been produced in New York at the Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, The Chocolate Factory, and Abrons Arts Center. His recordings are available on OutNow, Generate, Genuin, and Summit Records. Current projects include The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera, a new collaboration with Charlotte Jackson. www.gordonbeeferman.com

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"Complex and daringly modern...Mr. Beeferman’s music, with its skittish melodic lines and pungent atonal harmony, is gritty, fidgety and intriguing." - New York Times

"...A multitude of curiously interesting motifs - all enamored with great depth and an irrefutable touch of class." ejazznews

“A rich palette… Rogue States surprises with its density and variety of approaches.” - Jazzosphere

“The pianist Gordon Beeferman and the percussionist Jeff Arnal create tightly knit improvisations that range from the angular to the pastoral"—The New Yorker

“A particularly strong and well-balanced duo excursion… There is a strong thread or connection that runs though all of this, both players breathing and thinking as one inter-connected force.” —Bruce Gallantner, Downtown Music Gallery

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Other Life Forms

Different Track Recordings
2018

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Four Parts Five

Innova Recordings
2016

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Out in Here

OutNow Recordings
2014

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Rara Avis

Generate Records
2004

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