Dr. Gordon Fitzell
“evocative … exquisite … elegant” —The Globe and Mail

“a moody chiaroscuro of sound” —The Los Angeles Times

“philosophical” —The New York Times

“atmospherically internalised” —BBC Music Magazine

“uniquely imaginative" —SOCAN Words & Music
Education B.Mus. (Brandon), M.Mus. (Alberta), Ph.D. (British Columbia); Professor
Performance Highlights
  • Two of Gordon’s compositions appear on the Grammy-winning album strange imaginary animals by eighth blackbird. He also appears as co-producer and live electronics artist on one of the tracks.
  • Gordon regularly performs live electronics, including performances with Robert Aitkin’s New Music Concerts (The Music Gallery, Toronto) and with eighth blackbird (The Kitchen, New York).
  • In 2010 Gordon was the Guest Composer of the Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival in Winnipeg, where five of his works were presented.
  • In 2009 his chamber work violence was performed at the ISCM World New Music Days (Sweden) by Norway’s BIT20, under the direction of Dutch conductor, composer and pianist Reinbert de Leeuw.
Awards and Recognition

In 2015 Gordon was nominated for a JUNO Award in the category Classical Composition of the Year (for the large chamber work Magister Ludi, recorded by the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) on the Centrediscs label).

Gordon is the recipient of numerous commissions, grants and awards. In 2011 he was presented with the Rh Award for Creative Works.

Ongoing Research & Creative Activity Gordon is regularly invited to speak at a wide range of public events. Recent engagements include McNally Robinson Booksellers’ Meet the Composer Series (Winnipeg), UCSD’s Cross-Disciplinary Projects (San Diego), and the University of Birmingham’s COMPASS Forum Series (UK).
In the Faculty Gordon teaches a variety of music theory and composition courses and leads the eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE), a collaborative interdisciplinary performance group. Recent collaborations include projects with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, GroundSwell, Cinémathèque, and Amnesty International. The XIE also hosts Jamming the Dragon, an open stage for improvised experimental music.




In 2010 Dr. Fitzell was honoured with the Rh Award for Creative Works. The Rh Award honours researchers for current success and future research advancements. Read more about it here!

Personal website: www.artmusicpromotion.org

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Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 204.474.7281


Listen to the Artist

  • violence and evanescence appear on eighth blackbird’s Grammy-winning album strange imaginary animals. Gordon also appears as co-producer and live electronics artist. CD. Cedille Records, 2006.
  • !Zip [a.k.a. Zipper Music II] appears on Présence II. An international compilation of electroacoustic works. CD. Canadian Electroacoustic Community, 1999.
  • Zipper Music appears on DISContact! II. A compilation of Canadian electroacoustic works. CD. Canadian Electroacoustic Community, 1995.


In the News:
• Partridge, G., P. Irani, G. Fitzell. “Let Loose with WallBalls: A Collaborative Tabletop Instrument for Tomorrow,” New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. June 2009.
• Fitzell, G. “Riding the Dragon: Toward a Pedagogy of Free Musical Improvisation,” in eContact!, 10.4, Canadian Electroacoustic Community. October 2008.