composer & pianist


Gordon Beeferman’s IMAGINARY BAND: a real 7-piece group with a rotating roster of some of NYC’s most remarkably creative musicians. Performing Gordon’s new compositions — gnarly, lyrical, whimsical, free-form — an idiosyncratic mix of new-music, jazz, and free improv.

Image, left to right: Josh Sinton, Matt Bauder, Evan Rapport, Michael Evans, Nate Wooley, Brad Kemp, Gordon Beeferman, performing at Freddy’s Backroom, Brooklyn, February 24, 2009.

Gordon Beeferman – piano & compositions
Trumpet: Kirk Knuffke, Jacob Wick, Nate Wooley
Saxophones: Matt Bauder, Jon Irabagon, Evan Rapport, Josh Sinton
Bass: James Ilgenfritz, Brad Kemp
Drums: Michael Evans, Alex Lambert

RECORDING: Music for an Imaginary Band, a limited edition vinyl 7″ on Generate Records. Now available here

“Gordon Beeferman’s Music for an Imaginary Band project may have a cumbersome name, but its output is some of the tightest, most skillfully arranged free jazz we’ve run across for some time. Beeferman and his collaborators—including local VIPs such as trumpeter Nate Wooley, and saxists Matt Bauder and Josh Sinton—help us imagine what ’60s firebrands such as Albert Ayler would’ve sounded like set against lush, post-Ellingtonian backdrops..” Time Out New York

“…The bastard child of a soundtrack to a deranged Broadway show and a trip through the glorious times of jazz’s big bands, the whole arranged by fairly rational-minded Stravinskian zealots…intelligence abounding throughout. There are ways of demonstrating dissidence besides making noise: Beeferman’s music is perfect in that sense. Beautiful record…” — Squid’s Ear



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contact: gordon [at] inkbox.org
photography by Scott Friedlander © 2009