Through his expertise in “just intonation” (pure tunings) and Indian ragas, composer/pianist Michael Harrison has created “a new harmonic world…of vibrant sound” (The New York Times). His professional engagements have included associations with filmmaker Bill Morrison, cellist Maya Beiser, Roomful of Teeth, Bang on a Can, Stuttgart Ballet, Kronos Quartet, JACK Quartet, Del Sol Quartet, as well as with his mentors, La Monte Young and Terry Riley. Harrison’s compositions have received performances at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Park Avenue Armory, the Louvre, Centre Pompidou, MASS MoCA, Spoleto Festival USA, the United Nations, Ojai Music Festival, Bang on a Can marathon, Big Ears Festival, Other Minds Festival, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Quattro Pianoforti in Rome, American Academy in Rome, Havana Contemporary Music Festival, and at Sundance and other film festivals throughout the world.
Harrison’s Time Loops CD with Maya Beiser (Cantaloupe Music) was selected by NPR as one of the Top 10 Classical Albums of 2012. His 72-minute work for just intonation piano, Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation (Cantaloupe), was chosen by The New York Times, Boston Globe and Time Out New York as one of the Best Classical Recordings of 2007. Recent commissions and upcoming recordings include Just Constellations for Roomful of Teeth, Harmonic Constellations for violinist Mari Kimura (New World Records), Cello Constellations for Clarice Jensen, and a New Music USA commission for an album with Indian vocalist Mashkoor Ali Khan. Recent awards include the American Composers Forum Delegation to Cuba, Aaron Copland Fund, Classical Recording Foundation Award, University of Oregon Distinguished Alumnus Award, IBLA Foundation Grand Prize, and fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, Ucross, Djerassi, Millay, VCCA, Bogliasco, and MacDowell, where he has served on the Fellows Executive Committee since 2013.