Influences - Peter Gordon

Mr Gordon imparts 14 musical influences...

Influences - Peter Gordon

Mr Gordon imparts 14 musical influences...

Versed in a legion of instruments and disciplines, New York native Peter Gordon, has fused a dizzying array of influences over the course of a long and storied career. Symphonies, operas and scores have been interspersed with work for theatre and dance, and such work has been admirably diversified by his involvement in some of discos most alluring and strange cult records; those special, coveted few made during the tenure of other NY luminaries such as Arthur Russell and Peter Zummo.

No doubt the movement between the usually mutually exclusively spheres of New York lofts and grand concert halls have informed and enriched his mercurial but playful work over the years, and his latest, ‘Symphony 5’ – performed with his long-standing ensemble, the Love of Life Orchestra – is another testament to the dual complexity and litheness of form that characterises his material.

The early life and education he experienced; a Virginian childhood, an adolescence spent in Munich, and later tutelage courtesy of Terry Riley and Robert Ashley, makes for equally fascinating territory (some of which Gordon alludes to here) and seems to have cultivated an authentic and discerning appreciation for everything from John Coltrane to Lou Reed, from Terry Riley to Chic.

Following a revivified presence in recent years initially galvanised by a DFA retrospective, and lately built upon by collaborations with Factory Floor and Archangel, Gordon has remained as singular as ever. Ahead of Foom’s release of ‘Symphony 5’, now seemed as good a time as any to pry into the records which have excited and enlightened him in equal measure.


Pre-order Symphony 5 here.

New Orleans Rascals 50th Anniversary / Tiger Rag : Bob Greene

Bob Greene worked with my father at Voice of America. He would come visit and play ragtime in our living room when I was a young child in Virginia. I would watch him intently as he would rhapsodize about Jelly Roll Morton. Soon after, he quit the VOA and devoted himself full time to music. This song, “Tiger Rag”, was my favorite song he played - I loved the low-note piano clusters.

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