Burton Beerman


New York City's "The Village Voice" has said that "There is a remarkable clarity in the way Burton Beerman carries out the logic of his materials and he has an excellent ear for sound color…the composer displays an acute sensitivity to the differences between live sound and electronic sound and the music contains extraordinary moments when the sound seems to belong to both worlds…" He has been hailed by audiences as one of the leading clarinetists of contemporary and avant-garde music whose virtuosity and technical control of the instrument establish him as a remarkable and compelling performer. Composer, clarinetist, video artist, and computer programmer, Burton Beerman continues to seamlessly integrate technology with other media.

Performances of his works have taken place at New York's Carnegie Concert and CAMI Halls, Chopin Hall in Mexico City, Town Hall in Brussels, the American Cultural Centre in Paris, Spoleto Festival USA, Japan, Australia, Budapest, Canada, and New Zealand. He is a recipient of numerous commissions and awards, among these are awards from the International Society of Bassists for Voices for soprano voice and contra-bass, The Martha K. Cooper Orchestra Prize for Moments and Lipscomb prize for Romance for piano and tape.

He has recorded on the Capstone label, "Electric Clarinet" with clarinetist F. Gerard Errante is available through Albany Music (CPS-8607CD). "Sensations" Advance Recordings (FGR-15S); "Polygraph VI" Orion Cassette (OC 775); "Concerto I" Orion Master Disk Recordings (Ors 85487); "Sound and Wails" Access Recordings (S-10); "Misogamy Asuc" Recording Series (asuc-8); "Romance" Capstone Records (CPS @8602).

Most recently the Warsaw Philharmonia, Poland, will release a compact disc featuring Richard Stoltzman performing Beerman's Morning Calls for B-flat clarinet and orchestra. CNN- CNNI (Turner Broadcasting) CNN-FUTUREWATCH, CNN-THE WORLD TODAY and HEADLINE NEWS aired a feature story on his intermedia dance-opera Jesus' Daughter in February 1996.

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