Gosfield, Annie [Anne ]
- Anna E. Kijas
(b Philadelphia, PA, Sept 11, 1960). American composer and instrumentalist. She studied piano with French jazz pianist Bernard Peiffer (1972–76) and Alexander Fiorillo (1976). She studied composition at North Texas State University (BM 1981) and the University of Southern California (MA 1983). In California she supplemented her conservatory training by performing with bands and free improvisation groups. Gosfield moved to New York in 1992 and became involved with the downtown new music scene; some of her early work was performed by her ensemble at John Zorn’s Festival of Radical Jewish Culture.
She composes both acoustic and electronic music and her oeuvre includes works for solo instruments, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and dance, as well as a multi-media opera, site-specific pieces, and video collaborations. Gosfield’s works feature microtonal tunings, altered or detuned piano and other instruments. She is greatly influenced by industrial soundscapes and non-musical sounds which she blends with traditional concepts of form, harmony, melody, and notation. An exemplary work that demonstrates this influence of “contrasting antiquated technologies with modern digital manipulation” is ...