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What to wear (2005) 65'

Text by Richard Foreman

2S, A, T, small chorus
2kbd, perc, egtr, 2vn, db, drums [all instruments and voices amplified]

The Center for New Performance at CalArts and the Ontological-Hysteric Theater with funds provided by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust. What to wear is also a Meet the Composer Commissioning Music/USA commission and was produced with the additional support of the Shubert Foundation.

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Biography

Michael Gordon’s music merges subtle rhythmic invention with incredible power embodying, in the words of  The New Yorker‘s Alex Ross, “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz and the intransigence of classical modernism.”

Over the past 30 years, Gordon has produced a strikingly diverse body of work, ranging from large-scale pieces for high-energy ensembles to major orchestral commissions to works conceived specifically for the recording studio…

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