Anthony Gatto (composer)
- This is the article about the composer. For the juggler, see Anthony Gatto.
Anthony Gatto (born in Brooklyn, New York), is an American composer of music for theater, dance, film, opera, and concert music. He is also the founder of The Festival Dancing in Your Head, held at the Walker Art Center, dedicated to the music, ideas, and influences of Ornette Coleman.
Gatto holds music composition degrees from Yale University, Doctor of Musical Arts 2001, University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. from Grinnell College. He was a private student of Ornette Coleman from 1986-88. His other teachers include Jacob Druckman, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, Lukas Foss, Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, and Béla Bartók scholar Elliott Antokoletz. Anthony Gatto is an Associate Professor of Music at City University of New York.
His first recognition as a composer came with an ASCAP Grant to Young Composers in 1991, for an opera excerpt based on the revolution of Nicolae Ceauşescu. He received a Fulbright Program Fellowship in 1994-95 for composition in Berlin, Germany; Aaron Copland composer-in-residence award 2002; residencies at Yaddo in 2016, 2014, 2012, 2003, 2002; Millay Colony for the Arts residency in 2013; Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence 2014.
His opera Wise Blood, based on the novel Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor, premiered in June 2015 in collaboration with Minnesota-based media artist Chris Larson. With a cross-media libretto written by Gatto after the novel by Flannery O'Connor, the immersive opera exhibition was co-commissioned and co-presented by the Walker Art Center and The Soap Factory.
Review of the world premiere of Wise Blood by Minnesota Public Radio: "Wise Blood: 'Opera exhibition' at the Soap Factory is a Stunner'" by Jay Gabler: "Gatto both adapted the libretto and wrote the score, which requires a large brass band (the Adam Meckler Orchestra) that evokes the story's southern setting... Gatto's contemporary style is somber and atmospheric, veering from unsettlingly clamorous to eerily serene. Though there are comic moments in the show, laughter dies quickly and may be replaced by tears; in its total effect, the piece is almost an American requiem."
Gatto's opera, The Making of Americans, based on the novel by Gertrude Stein, premiered in two sold-out shows at the Walker Art Center in December 2008. The "Funeral Oratorio" scene in The Making of Americans, featuring counter-tenor David Echelard, can be heard via this link: "Funeral Oratorio"
His quintet for guitar and string quartet "Black Dog/Lucky Dog" was performed by the new-music string quartet ETHEL with Mark Stewart. The work expands the opening of Led Zeppelin's song "Black Dog". A performance of Black Dog/Lucky Dog can be heard via this link: Black Dog/Lucky Dog
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- The Festival Dancing in Your Head 2005: Ornette at 75
- The Festival Dancing in Your Head 2005 Marathon