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Works for Contrabass by Gosfield, Masaoka, Sharp, & Thirlwell
The recording of recently commissioned works for solo contrabass by composers Annie Gosfield, Miya Masaoka, Elliott Sharp, and JG Thirlwell.Created By: James Ilgenfritz
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Annie Gosfield, whom the BBC called “A one woman Hadron collider” works on the boundaries between notated and improvised music, electronic and acoustic sounds, refined timbres and noise. Her music ranges from traditionally notated large scale works to solo pieces that incorporate electronics, with a strong emphasis on the individual performer. She composes for others and performs with her own ensemble, taking her music on a path through festivals, factories, clubs, art spaces, and concert halls.
The New York Times recently wrote “Her extraordinary command of texture and timbre means that whether she is working with a solo cello or with the ensemble she calls her ’21st-century avant noisy dream band,’ she is able to conjure up a palette of saturated and heady hues” Read the review here
Gosfield was a 2012 fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and a recent recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts prestigious “Grants to Artists” award. Her music has been performed worldwide at Warsaw Autumn, the Bang on a Can Marathon, MATA, MaerzMusik, the Venice Biennale, OtherMinds, Lincoln Center, The Stone, The Miller Theatre, and The Kitchen.
Annie’s most recent CD “Almost Truths and Open Deceptions” features a piece for piano and broken shortwave radio, a cello concerto, a 5-minute blast by her band, and music inspired by baseball and warped 78‘s. Her discography includes four solo releases on the Tzadik label. She often writes on the compositional process for the New York Times’ series “The Score.” Gosfield held the Darius Milhaud chair of composition at Mills College, and has taught composition at Princeton University and California Institute of the Arts.
Recent work includes compositions inspired by factory environments, her grandparents’ immigrant experiences in New York City during the industrial revolution, a string quartet that incorporates jammed radio signals for the JACK Quartet, and Shattered Apparitions of the Western Wind for Kathleen Supové, inspired by Debussy and Hurricane Sandy.
The New York Times recently published an in-depth profile that said “her high-energy, imaginative scores blend acoustic and electronic elements and have a propulsive, aggressive drive tempered by haunting, poetic and lyrical interludes.” Read the profile here
Industrial-Inspired music can be found here
Videos of live performances can be found here.
A more extensive playlist of recent recordings can be found here
A playlist of earlier recordings can be found here
Annie’s website can be found here: anniegosfield.com