Anthony Gatto: Klangfarbenmelodie for Ornette

from Radiance: New Works for Saxophone and Guitar by Duo Montagnard

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A native of Brooklyn, New York, Anthony Gatto has developed a diverse body of music, often informed by literary and visual arts, exploring alternative narrative modes and structures. His cross-media works include the music and libretto for Wise Blood, after the novel Flannery O'Connor. Commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Wise Blood (2015) presents the shattered war veteran Hazel Motes preaching the Church Without Christ from the hood of his car. Also commissioned by the Walker Art Center, his opera The Making of Americans (2008), based on the novel by Gertrude Stein, presents Stein's spectacular, universalist language celebrating generations of American families. Anthony studied music privately with Ornette Coleman in the 80s, later founding The Festival Dancing in Your Head celebrating his ideas and influences. Completing a doctorate in composition at the Yale School of Music in 2001, he has received fellowships and awards from the Fulbright Scholar Program (Berlin), New York Foundation for the Arts, the Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Inc, an ASCAP Grant to Young Composers; residency fellowships at Yaddo, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Aaron Copland House, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence program. He is an Associate Professor of Music at City University of New York.

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from Radiance: New Works for Saxophone and Guitar, released September 10, 2021

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Duo Montagnard (Joe Murphy, saxophone and Matt Slotkin, guitar) was formed in 2002 and has performed over 300 concerts in 50 states, eight Canadian provinces, and twenty countries on six continents. The duo has commissioned, premiered and recorded more than thirty works for guitar and saxophone. ... more

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