I care if you listen calls the music of Fredrick Gifford “a world of characters and colors that explode from the stage.” His works explore different kinds of openness to create pieces that are never the same twice. They have been heard in concerts and radio broadcasts in Europe, Asia and the Americas, performed by groups including International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Kairos Quartett, Ensemble dal Niente, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Spektral Quartet and Collect/Project. Festival appearances include Resonant Bodies, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea (Mexico), Darmstadt Ferienkurse, soundSCAPE (Italy), ANODE, Aspen Music Festival and Ear Taxi.
Commissions, grants and support for performances have come from institutions including: Arts Council of Illinois, Art Institute of Chicago, Associação Musical Pro-Organo, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Harris & Wyatt Funds, Juilliard School and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago. Recent and upcoming projects include the ongoing “mobile” series with Kevin Harrison and Matthew Oliphant; 100 Not-songs for JOHN CAGE, a collaboration with soprano Tony Arnold and video artist Ross Karre; and Difficult Grace, a collaboration with Seth Parker Woods and the Seattle Symphony's new performance space: Ocatave 9 . Gifford’s music has been recorded on Numérica (2012), by Hasco Duo (2014), Mabel Kwan (2015) and Ben Melsky (2019). His music is published by Tetractys Publishing.
Since 1997, Gifford has lectured in music (composition, analysis, musicianship, history), serving on the faculties of the Schools of Music at DePaul and Northwestern Universities in the United States as well as the Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo in Porto, Portugal. He has been involved with musical recordings since 2001, both as a performer, recording on Centaur Records, and as a musical producer, overseeing many world-premiere recordings of music spanning the Renaissance to the present.
Fredrick Gifford holds a Bachelor’s degree in composition from DePaul University and completed his graduate studies at Northwestern University, receiving the Doctor of Music degree in 2000. Additional compositional studies have been with Harrison Birtwistle, Luca Francesconi, Pauline Oliveros and Bent Sørensen.