There can be no doubt that New York-based composer RICKY IAN GORDON
is well on his way to becoming one of American music's national treasures.
A prolific writer of song, he is unique among today's generation of
American composers in that he can segue his way from Broadway-style
musical (My Life with Albertine) to opera (The Grapes of
Wrath) to song (Bright-Eyed Joy, Orpheus and Euridice) and succeed
in all of them - indeed, as if it were the most natural thing for a
composer to do.
But if you listen to this interview in which he talks with enthusiastic
energy and "bright-eyed joy" about the genesis of his passion
for music and poetry, you will likely be drawn, as we were, to the conclusion
that this unique ability is encoded in his DNA, and regard his assessment
of himself as one who can "lay claim to a certain degree of artistry"
is rather an understatement.