Gordon Beeferman and Charlotte Jackson
GORDON BEEFERMAN, composer and pianist, has created a diverse body of work spanning opera, orchestral, chamber, and vocal music, improvisation, and collaborations with dance and other arts. His music has been commissioned and/or performed by the New York City Opera orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Quartet New Generation recorder collective, eighth blackbird, Momenta Quartet, the California EAR Unit, American Brass Quintet, and others. The New York Times hailed his chamber opera "The Rat Land" (with original libretto by Charlotte Jackson) as "complex and daringly modern...gritty, fidgety and intriguing." Music for an Imaginary Band, a septet he formed to perform his compositions, was described by Time Out New York as a "commanding avant-jazz ensemble." Beeferman has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the BMI Foundation, and Concert Artists Guild, three BMI Student Composer Awards, a Tanglewood fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Copland House. A "fully liberated pianist" (Cadence Magazine), Beeferman has performed extensively in New York as well as across the US and Canada; highlights include appearances at Roulette, ISSUE Project Room, the Vision Festival, MATA Festival, Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY), and the Music Gallery (Toronto). His collaborations with choreographers have been produced at the Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, The Chocolate Factory, and Abrons Arts Center. His recordings are available on Generate, Genuin, and Summit Records.
CHARLOTTE JACKSON was born in England and was raised in Indianapolis, IN and Ann Arbor, MI. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan, where she specialized in creative writing: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. She studied at Bennington and Bard Colleges, working with renowned novelist Norman Manea and completing a book-length manuscript under the tutelage of Pulitzer-Prize winning author Elizabeth Frank. In 2002 she earned an MFA from the Columbia School of the Arts. Ms. Jackson now lives in Brooklyn, where she has worked as a freelance writer, editor, and book reviewer for the last ten years. She recently completed a collection of personal essays on imagination entitled "The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet," and wrote the libretto for the chamber opera "The Rat Land," created in collaboration with composer Gordon Beeferman and twice selected by New York City Opera's VOX Festival. She received a Masters' in library science from the Pratt Institute.