ANNIE GOSFIELD, whom the BBC called “A one woman Hadron collider,” lives in New York City and works on the boundaries between notated and improvised music, electronic and acoustic sounds, refined timbres and noise. Her music is often inspired by the inherent beauty of found sounds, noise, and machinery. She was dubbed “a master of musical feedback” by The New York Times, who wrote “Ms. Gosfield’s choice of sounds — which on this occasion included radio static, the signals transmitted by the Soviet satellite Sputnik I, and recordings of Hurricane Sandy — are never a mere gimmick. 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.”
Gosfield was a 2012 fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and the 2015 Fromm Composer in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. Most recently, she was awarded a 2017 Guggenheim fellowship. Dedicated to working closely with performers, Gosfield has been commissioned by and collaborated with the JACK Quartet, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Christina and Michelle Naughton, Bang on a Can All-Stars, MIVOS Quartet, Flux Quartet, Kathleen Supové, Joan Jeanrenaud, Lisa Moore, Felix Fan, Frances-Marie Uitti, and Anthony De Mare. She has performed with John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, David Moss, Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Derek Bailey, Ikue Mori, Billy Martin, Roger Kleier, and many others. Her work has been performed at Warsaw Autumn, Bang on a Can Marathon, Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Wien Modern, OtherMinds, Spoleto Festival, Company Week, and MATA.
Annie’s discography includes four portrait CDs on the Tzadik label. Her latest CD, Almost Truths and Open Deceptions, includes a piece for solo piano and broken shortwave radio, a chamber cello concerto, and a quartet inspired by deteriorating 78 records. Large-scale projects include EWA7, a site-specific work created during a residency in the industrial environments of Nuremberg, Germany; Signal Jamming and Random Interference, composed in close collaboration with the JACK Quartet, incorporates samples of jammed wartime radio signals; and Daughters of the Industrial Revolution, a concert-length piece inspired by her grandparents’ immigrant experiences in New York City during the Industrial Revolution.
Gosfield has written a series of articles about the compositional process for The New York Times’ series “The Score.” She held the Darius Milhaud chair of composition at Mills College, and has taught at Princeton University and CalArts. Recent activities include new music for orchestra in a residency sponsored by the League of American Orchestras and a portrait concert with pieces about immigrant life at YIVO in NYC. Upcoming projects include a new Tzadik CD, a piece inspired by Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” murals that will premiere under the murals themselves, premieres in Athens and at Carnegie Hall, and a residency at The Stone at the New School, New York.