Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon. Photo by Peter Serling.

Michael Gordon’s compositions demonstrate a singular exploration of rhythm, juxtaposing and overlapping complex patterns to create what has been called “a glorious confusion.” His work also employs microtonality and electronic processing, and often draws inspiration from popular culture. Gordon’s interest in adding dimensionality to the concert experience has led to frequent collaborations with filmmaker Bill Morrison, including two critically-acclaimed interdisciplinary works: Decasia and Gotham. In Decasia, the audience stands in the middle of a three-tiered, triangular structure surrounded by 55 musicians and large projection scrims. Gotham combines large sonic textures with Morrison’s film made from vintage footage of New York City. Gordon’s work for musical theater has involved collaboration with directors Richard Foreman and Francois Girard for pieces premiered at the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles, Oper Aachen, and Next Wave Festival at BAM. His music has been commissioned and/or performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic , Jonathon Nott and the Bamberger Symphony, Kronos Quartet, cellist Maya Beiser, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Resonanz, and Icebreaker, and has been featured by a wide spectrum of dance companies including the Royal Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, Wayne McGregor/Random Dance Company, and Emio Greco/PC. Gordon is also a co-founder of Bang on a Can, an international organization dedicated to the support of experimental music since 1987.

Gordon joined fellow Bang on a Can founders David Lang and Julia Wolfe for a symposium at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in June 2009. The three composers spoke about their work as composers, impresarios, and entrepreneurs, and shared recorded examples of their music. Together, they also curated the first Philadelphia iteration of the Bang on a Can marathon, funded by the Center and presented by FringeArts in September 2010.


In preparation for the New Paths Festival, Ars Nova Workshop and International House Philadelphia present three films that offer a unique peek at the creation process of jazz and improvised music.

Dr. R. Larry Todd comments on the significance that the multiple interpretations of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion engender for different generations.

The PRISM Quartet presents new works composed and performed by Tim Ries and Miguel Zenón.

The experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans will be illuminated in this multimedia work created by MacArthur Fellow and jazz pianist/composer Vijay Iyer and poet/librettist Mike Ladd, in combination with a publication of local veterans’ writings produced through a partnership with the veteran-focused arts organization Warrior Writers.

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society serves the Greater Philadelphia region and the field of music by presenting a rich and compelling variety of chamber music and recital programs performed by exceptional international and Philadelphia-based artists at affordable prices.

Founded in 1969, Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble seeks to preserve, present, and build upon the dance and music of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Grants & Grantees

Two of India’s preeminent artists, Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna and bharata natyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind, will fuse classical South Indian music and dance in a world premiere that is the culmination of a two-year artistic collaboration, and is inspired by themes of liberty and freedom drawn from Philadelphia’s history.

“There is a hunger for a conversation about process,” says dancer and choreographer Tania Isaac, when asked about changes in audience expectations.

Grants & Grantees

Founded in 1900, the Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the world’s leading orchestras.

Grants & Grantees

Lorene Cary is a writer and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Originally commissioned by Mendelssohn Club, for world premiere performances in Philadelphia in April 2014, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform Wolfe’s new work as part of the upcoming NY Phil Biennial.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Eric Fredericksen is a Seattle-based curator and writer and the Art Program Manager for Waterfront Seattle, a project to rebuild the Seattle central waterfront. In 2015, Fredericksen served as an LOI panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.