“The Enchanted Organ” is the second outing by composer/librettist team Gordon Beeferman and Charlotte Jackson. The duo’s previous opera collaboration, “The Rat Land,” was previewed at the Improvised and Otherwise Festival (2006) and twice at New York City Opera’s annual VOX showcase (2007 and 2009); it will appear again at the Fort Worth Opera’s New Horizons showcase in May 2016. The duo’s art songs have also been performed at the NYU Silver Center, the Cornelia Street Cafe, and the 2014 AIDS Quilt Songbook anniversary concert. Their next musical-theatrical collaboration will be a political and psychosexual thriller about hackers and drone warfare.
Composer GORDON BEEFERMAN’s work spans opera, orchestral and chamber music, improvisation, and collaborations with dance and other arts. His works have been commissioned and performed by diverse ensembles from Anti-Social Music to the New York City Opera. He leads Music for an Imaginary Band, an avant-jazz septet which performs his compositions. Beeferman has received three BMI Student Composer Awards and residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo and the Copland House. He has performed at numerous venues and festivals including the Vision Festival, MATA, and Roulette. His recordings are available on Generate, Genuin and Summit. “Complex and daringly modern.” –NY Times
Librettist CHARLOTTE JACKSON grew up in Ann Arbor, MI. An avid reader and fantasist as a child, she attended high school at Interlochen Arts Academy, and went on to study literature at Bennington and Bard Colleges. Ms. Jackson holds an MFA in “Creative Writing, Non-Fiction” from Columbia University and a Masters of Library Science from the Pratt Institute. Currently working in Interlibrary Loan and moonlighting as an archivist, she continues to scribble down poems, vignettes, personal essays, book reviews, and sundry belles lettres. Ms. Jackson lives in Brooklyn, NY, in a historic brownstone with her husband, a fluctuating number cats, and a lot of clutter (including a lot of opera props.)