I care if you listen calls the music of Fredrick Gifford (b. 1972) “a world of characters and colors that explode from the stage.” His works explore different kinds of openness to create pieces
that are never the same twice. They have been heard in concerts and radio broadcasts throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Kairos Quartett, Tony Arnold, Ensemble Dal Niente, Winston Choi, Ensemble 61, Jesse Langen, New York New Music Ensemble, Shanna Gutierrez and Sérgio Carolino, among others. Festival appearances include Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea (Mexico), Darmstadt Ferienkurse, June in Buffalo, soundSCAPE (Italy), ANODE, Omaha Under the Radar and the Aspen Music Festival.
Commissions, grants and support for performances of his music have come from institutions
including: Arts Council of Illinois, Alice Berline Kaplan Center for the Humanities, Art Institute
of Chicago, Associação Musical Pro-Organo, the Harris & Wyatt Funds, Chicago Academy for
the Arts, the Juilliard School, and the Unfamiliar Music Series. Current projects include the
ongoing “mobile” series with new works for contrabass and electronics; soprano saxophone; a
new series of works, breathe (respirateur), after Marcel Duchamp (the first to be premiered by
the Aurea Silva Trio), and the 100 Not-songs for JOHN CAGE, a collaboration with soprano
Tony Arnold and video artist Ross Karre. His music is recorded on the Numérica label.
Since 1997, Gifford has lectured in music (composition, analysis, musicianship, history), serving
on the faculties of the Schools of Music at DePaul and Northwestern Universities in the United
States as well as the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo in Porto, Portugal. Gifford
has also been involved in the field of classical and contemporary music recordings since 2001.
As a performer he has recorded with the Amnon Wolman Ensemble on Centaur Records. He has
been the musical producer for a number of world-premiere recordings of Portuguese music. In
2010, he produced the Lopes-Graça quartet’s recording, Portuguese Music for a Quartet, which
was awarded the prize for best classical work by the Portuguese Society of Authors (SPA).
Fredrick Gifford holds a Bachelor’s degree in composition from DePaul University and
completed his graduate studies at Northwestern University, receiving the Doctor of Music degree in 2000. Additional compositional studies (masterclasses and summer courses) have been with Harrison Birtwistle, Luca Francesconi and Bent Sørensen.