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NEW CD: "ALMOST TRUTHS AND OPEN DECEPTIONS"
A cello concerto, warped 78's, machines, a broken
shortwave radio and more

Listen to excerpts and read about the CD here
Order the CD from Tzadik or from Amazon
Read a review of the CD in the New Yorker here

Read more reviews of the CD here


photo by Josh Gosfield
NEWS, UPCOMING CONCERTS, and PREMIERES
December 12 concert with Roger Kleier and Brian Chase
at Experimental Intermedia, NYC

concert information


NEW REVIEW OF ROULETTE/JACK QUARTET
PORTRAIT CONCERT IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
The music’s mood reflected the nature of radio jamming — abrasive, otherworldly and, at times, unexpectedly and eerily beautiful.
link to review

"A ceaselessly re-inventive composer, Gosfield mixes history, technology, and autobiography in work that oscillates vibrantly between past and future." -Richard Gehr

NEW ARTICLE IN THE NY TIMES "OPINIONATOR"
Read
Confessions of a Composeress


NEW VIDEOS on the GOSFIELD CHANNEL featuring
Kathleen Supové,
The New CD, EWA7 at Huddersfield,
Music with Jammed Radios and Clandestine Broadcasts

Annie Gosfield, whom the BBC called "A one woman Hadron collider, the queen of the detuned industrial noise" works on the boundaries between notated and improvised music, electronic and acoustic sounds, refined timbres and noise. She composes for others and performs with her own band, taking her music on a path through festivals, factories, clubs, art spaces, and concert halls. She 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. Gosfield’s newly released Tzadik 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 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. Recent work includes compositions inspired by factory environments, jammed radio signals from WWII, and her grandparents’ immigrant experiences in New York City during the industrial revolution. Annie's discography includes four solo releases on the Tzadik label, and she often writes on the compositional process for the New York Times’ series “The Score.”
She held the Milhaud chair of composition at Mills College, and has taught at Princeton University and California Institute of the Arts.


New! 3 interviews with iconoclast composer PW SCHRECK

NY TIMES REVIEW OF "LONG WAVES AND RANDOM PULSES" FOR VIOLIN AND JAMMED RADIO SIGNALS
“The sound palette created by these multiple layers was astonishingly rich, and at times the virtuosic violin line above the repetitive radio signal patterns took on the tried-and-tested beauty of a Vivaldi concerto.”
Read the whole NYT review
Watch a video of "Long Waves and Random Pulses"

 

"A Star of the Downtown scene" – Russell Platt,
The New Yorker


"Annie Gosfield exuberantly exploits the inadvertent music of contemporary life: static, distortion, the clangor of industry and the siren song of space junk form part of her digital palette."

– Steve Smith, The NY Times

"Gosfield writes tough
music, packing a punch
and steering clear of sentimentality
"
– Julian Cowley, The Wire


"Gosfield's pieces, driven by strong instrumental protagonists, stake their claim to a unique world - she's a glorious provincial, the Carl Nielsen of
Second Avenue.
Russell Platt, The New Yorker



 

"EWA7 is a machine­shop throwdown that could reduce angst­ridden 'industrial' poseurs to sobbing heaps."David Sprague, The Village Voice

"With the electric-guitarist Roger Kleier and the percussionist Ches Smith, Ms. Gosfield closed with “EWA7”, an explosive extended work indebted to Varèse and Pink Floyd yet entirely her own in terms of originality and audacity."
– Steve Smith, The New York Times, 2012

"Her music is unlike anything in the current European chamber spectrum, coupling zest and imaginative poetics with a warming textural glow underlying the spikiness."
– Rob Young, The Wire


"A wonderful disc, beautifully performed and produced. Perhaps more than any other composer of her generation Gosfield has taken up the challenge of Edgard Varèse, writing music which addresses forthrightly the aesthetic challenge of mechanization, technology, and science."
– Robert Carl, Fanfare, reviewing the CD "Flying Sparks and Heavy Machinery"


"A major figure of the downtown scene with pieces that use nonmusical sounds (warped records, satellite signals, and more) in a strikingly expressive manner."
–Russell Platt, The New Yorker

Click here to read six essays from The New York Times

Click here to read an unedited interview from The Wire with Julian Cowley
 

 
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