Festival of Contemporary Music
Christopher Hopkins, Director
Gary Verkade, organ
works for organ and electroacoustic sound
Friday, October 13, 2005 7:30 PM Martha Ellen Tye Recital Hall
Philip Blackburn: P.P.S. (1994)
Jan Ferm: Disembodied Organics (2004-5) premier
David Dunn: Ennoia 1 1(1998) premier
Kenneth Gaburo: Antiphony X (Winded) (1987-1991)
Verkade is an influential and sought after interpreter of New Music throughout
Europe and the United States. An organist, composer, and co-founder of the
Essen, Germany-based improvisation ensemble SYNTHESE, he has been a leader
in bringing forth serious new music for the organ, commissioning new works
and working in a collaborative capacity with several well-known composers.
He has a particular interest in performing music for organ and electronics.
Verkade’s own compositions range among music for organ, electronics,
chamber and improvisation ensembles. As a player of improvised music, he has
worked together with dancers, photographers and painters, on projects which
bring the arts together in a complementary and fructuous manner. He has published
essays and articles on a variety of subjects relating to organ performance,
Early Music performance practice, and composition.
Dr. Verkade has been on the faculty of the Musikhögskolan i Piteå, Sweden since 2000. He has recorded with the Innova and Mode labels, most recently Winded, an album of works for organ and electronics, and Luciano Berio’s Fa-Si on Berio: The Complete Sequenzas, Alternate Sequenzas & Works for Solo Instruments, a collection of performances by the premier contemporary interpreters of new music.