composer & pianist


Gordon Beeferman, piano, organ, compositions
Stephanie Griffin, viola

Pascal Niggenkemper, bass
Andrew Drury, drums

OTHER LIFE FORMS is an innovative avant-jazz quartet led by composer Gordon Beeferman (piano & organ), with Stephanie Griffin (viola), Pascal Niggenkemper (bass) and Andrew Drury (drums). Virtuosic, intense, and quirky, Beeferman’s compositions have a unique approach to integrating complex written charts with collective improvisation.


Pianist/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, a septet which performs his compositions, and which was described by Time Out New York as a “commanding avant-jazz ensemble.” Beeferman has performed at numerous venues and festivals including the Vision Festival, MATA, and Roulette. The New York Times hailed his chamber opera “The Rat Land” as “complex and daringly modern…gritty, fidgety and intriguing.” His music has been commissioned and/or performed by the New York City Opera orchestra, Albany Symphony, Quartet New Generation recorder collective, eighth blackbird, the California EAR Unit, American Brass Quintet, and others. His recordings are available on Generate, Genuin, and Summit Records. www.gordonbeeferman.com

Andrew Drury is a drummer/composer who has been noted for exuberance and sensitivity in performance, and inventiveness in his fusion of extended and conventional drum set techniques. By bowing metal, blowing into drums and objects placed on drums, employing friction, and using drums as acoustic filters and amplifiers for sonic vibrations produced on other objects, he generates an unparalleled range of sonic frequencies that allow the drum set to function in new ways. A former student of jazz legend Ed Blackwell, he has performed recently with Jason Kao Hwang’s groups, Steve Swell, Hans Tammen, TOTEM>, Jack Wright, the Elisa Monte Dance Company, Nate Wooley, and Reuben Radding. Past performance credits include approximately 40 recordings and work with David Krakauer, Charles Gayle, Wayne Horvitz, Michel Doneda, Myra Melford, Peter Evans, Chris Speed, John Tchicai, Brad Mehldau, and Dickie Wells. www.andrewdrury.com

Violist Stephanie Griffin, acclaimed by the New York Times for her “fiery, full-throttle performance” and “virtuoso flair,” has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber and avant-jazz musician. As a soloist, she has worked closely with numerous composers, among them Tony Prabowo, Kee Yong Chong, Matthew Greenbaum, Arthur Kampela, Ursula Mamlok, and Tristan Murail. Ms. Griffin is a founding member of the Momenta Quartet, which, in its seven-year history, has performed over fifty world premieres. She is a member of Carl Maguire’s Floriculture, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, String Orchestra of New York City (SONYC), the Riverside Symphony, and the Princeton Symphony, and a regular guest performer with Continuum. Ms. Griffin has recorded for Firehouse 12, Aeon, Koch, Arte Nova, Centaur, Harmolodic, Siam Records, and Aksara, an independent Indonesian label. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School. www.momentaquartet.com

Bassist Pascal Niggenkemper has been living in New York City since 2005. He is active in the creative music scene in the US and Europe. He has performed at the Vision Festival New York, Umbrella Festival Chicago, Banlieue Bleues Paris, Strade del Cinema Aosta, météo Mulhouse, Jazzcologne, Jazz à la Cité in Paris, DC Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Grenzenlos Köln, undead Jazzfest NYC, D’Jazz Nevers, NewAdits Klagenfurt, Font New York, Vive le Jazz Cologne, Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin and elsewhere. He has recorded and/or toured with (among others) Tyshawn Sorey, Robin Verheyen, Simon Nabatov, Gerald Cleaver, Frantz Loriot, Joachim Badenhorst, Sean Ali, Dan Peck, Jeff Snyder, Emilie Lesbros, Thomas Heberer, Gerald Cleaver, Joe Morris, Carlo Costa, Joe Hertenstein, Alan Bjorklund, Jean-Brice Godet and others. With friends, he curates in NY the house concert series ze couch, where every month artists meet to present their work. http://www.pascalniggenkemper.com/