Composer 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 recently worked with Sigourney Weaver, Yuval Sharon, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on her multi-site opera “War of the Worlds.” This innovative project incorporated three defunct air raid sirens that were repurposed into public speakers, to broadcast a free, live performance to the streets of L.A. from Walt Disney Concert Hall. Annie has composed site-specific music for factories; researched jammed radio signals; led a band driven by vacuum, machine, and analog synth sounds; composed a large-scale work inspired by Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” murals; and developed two orchestral pieces during a 2016 residency sponsored by the League of American Orchestras. She received a 2021 award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (2017), American Academy in Rome (2015), American Academy in Berlin (2012), and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2008). Gosfield’s discography includes four portrait CD’s on Tzadik, and compositions on Sony Classical, EMI, Innova, CRI, Mode, ReR, Harmonia Mundi, Wergo, CRI, and ECM. She has worked with The L.A. Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, JACK Quartet, MIVOS Quartet, FLUX Quartet, Talujon Percussion, So Percussion, Joan Jeanrenaud, Kathleen Supové, Lisa Moore, Felix Fan, FrancesMarie Uitti, Stephen Gosling, Anthony DeMare, James Ilgenfritz, String Noise, and Jennifer Choi. Active as a writer and teacher, she contributes to the New York Times series “The Score,” and has been the Milhaud Professor of composition at Mills College, a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and U.T. Austin, and a visiting artist at CalArts. She has taught composition at Columbia University, most recently as a Visiting Lecturer.
Lecturer in Music