About the Artists

Photo: Steve Prue, Teamrockstar Images, ©2014

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), New York City Opera’s VOX showcase (2007 and 2009), and Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers (2016). Their art songs have also been performed at Tenri Cultural Center, Cornelia St. Café, and on the AIDS Quilt Songbook.

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 Other Life Forms, an avant-jazz quartet which performs his compositions. Beeferman has received the Alpert/Ucross Prize, three BMI Student Composer Awards and residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo and the Copland House, and is a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. 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.” – New York Times

“Packed with humour, mischief, and an urge to dance” – The Wire


Librettist CHARLOTTE JACKSON is a writer, librarian and archivist with an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a Masters of Library Science from the Pratt Institute. She is the librettist for the operas The Rat Land and The Enchanted Organ, both created and produced in collaboration with the composer Gordon Beeferman. Her lyrical work has been performed at venues including the former NYC Opera’s VOX showcase, the Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers program, the AIDS Quilt Songbook@22 concert, the Cornelia Street Cafe, DROM NYC, B.R.I.C. Studio, NYU Silver Center, and Dixon Place. Her other writing has appeared in publications such as the Raleigh News and Observer, Obsolete, and Sensitive Skin Magazine. Raised in the Midwest, Ms. Jackson currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her current projects include a first collection of essayistic and experimental fiction, and a myriad of ideas-in-development both wonderful and strange.