Gordon Fitzell launches his new CD Magister Ludi
Presented as part of McNally Robinson’s Meet the Composer seriesCanadian composer, performer and multimedia artist Gordon Fitzell has worked with many outstanding ensembles—Norwegian group BIT20 Ensemble, Brazil’s PianOrquestra, the pan-Canadian Ensemble 1534, and American sextet eighth blackbird, whose multiple Grammy-winning album strange imaginary animals features two of his works. Conductors to have directed Fitzell’s music include Robert Aitken, Reinbert de Leeuw and Bramwell Tovey.
In 2000 he began what would become a dynamic and longstanding collaboration with conductor Véronique Lacroix and the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+). Over the years, the group has commissioned and premiered three new works by Fitzell, all of which appear on the Centrediscs recording Magister Ludi. For the Winnipeg CD launch, the composer will introduce these and other works, and offer some insight into the writing and recording process.
In addition to concert music, Fitzell has presented multimedia installations in North America and Europe, most recently for World Music Days in Bruges, Belgium and Montreal’s Productions Totem Contemporain. An Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music in Winnipeg, Fitzell teaches composition and leads the eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE). He also serves as Artistic Co-Director of the Winnipeg new music organization GroundSwell.
launching his new CD
Music of Gordon Fitzell / Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+)
Tuesday January 20, 7:00 pm
Grant Park in the Atrium