Now at Copland House
Brooklyn-born Anthony Gatto returns this month for his second Copland House Residency Award. He has developed a diverse body of digital and acoustic music informed by literary and visual arts, often residing in the emotional and lyrical possibilities of storytelling. He studied music and improvisation privately with Ornette Coleman in the 1980s, and later completed a doctorate in composition at the Yale School of Music in 2001. His many cross-media collaborative works include the music and libretti for operas based on the novels Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor and The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein – both of which were commissioned by the Walker Art Center with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts. His many honors include those from the Fulbright Scholar Program (for a residency in Berlin), New York Foundation for the Arts, ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and the Bush, McKnight, and Jerome Foundations, as well as the residencies at Yaddo, The Millay Colony for the Arts, amd Willapa Bay. He is an Associate Professor of Music at City University of New York.