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Fredrick Gifford

Chicago, IL      

I care if you listen calls the music of Fredrick Gifford  “a world of characters and colors that explode from the stage.” His works explore different kinds of openness to create pieces that are never the same twice. They have been heard in concerts and broadcasts in Europe, Asia and the Americas, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Kairos Quartett, Tony Arnold, Ensemble Dal Niente, Sonic Hedgehog, Collect/Project, Winston Choi, Pesedjet, Shanna Gutierrez, Hasco Duo, James Fusik and Sérgio Carolino, among others. Festival appearances include Resonant Bodies, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik,  Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea (Mexico), Darmstadt Ferienkurse, June in Buffalo, soundSCAPE (Italy), Omaha Under the Radar, ANODE, the Aspen Music Festival and Spoleto.

Commissions, grants and support for performances of his music have come from institutions and ensembles including: Illinois Arts Council, Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Art Institute of Chicago, Associação Musical Pro-Organo, Chicago Academy for the Arts, the Harris & Wyatt Funds, the Juilliard School, Spektral Quartet, DCASE (Chicago) and the Unfamiliar Music Series. Current projects include: the ongoing series, Mobile and Stellae, and Difficult Grace, after a poem by Dudley Randall, a collaboration for cellist Seth Parker Woods for the Seattle Symphony’s Octave 9 multimedia performance space.  His music has been recorded on the Numérica label (2012) and by Hasco Duo (2015), Mabel Kwan (2016) and Ben Melsky (2019).

Graft Blossom (2015)

World premiere :
Mabel Kwan, keyboards
Dal Niente Presents
Jan. 03, 2016
Constellation, Chicago

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Shadow Play (Mobile 2016)

World Premiere: 9 October, 2016
Ear Taxi Festival, Chicago
Shanna Gutierrez, open-hole bass flute
Francisco Castillo Trigueros, electronics
Commissioned for Chicago Ear Taxi Festival

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Loom II (2019)

Performers choice their own texts and interact with composed guidelines to create the layers of a unique multimedia work for each iteration of Loom.

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