Just Ancient Loops. Upcoming CD collaboration with cellist Maya Beiser and Michael Harrison, with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Francisco J. Núñez, conductor, and Payton MacDonald, tabla & percussion. Includes Harrison’s Just Ancient Loops, Hijaz, Raga Preludes 1 and 2, as well as works by J.S. Bach and Arvo Part. Audio & More Information
Revelation: Music In Pure Intonation. Bang on a Can’s Cantaloupe Music label, 2007; Michael Harrison, solo piano. Revelation was chosen by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Time Out New York as one of the Best Classical Recordings of 2007 and was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation Award. Cantaloupe Music, Tim Page Review
Tone Cloud III
RUMI: Lovedrunk (2004). Music composed by Michael Harrison and Olivier Glissant, featuring translations and narratives of Rumi’s poetry by Shahram Shiva.
From Ancient Worlds. New Albion Records, 1992. Michael Harrison, the harmonic piano (extensively modified piano). Voted the “No. 2 Best Recording of the Year” on WNYC-FM’s New Sounds Listener’s Poll. New Albion Records
In Flight. Fortuna Records, 1986; Michael Harrison, solo piano. In Flight, The Swan Has Flown to the Mountain Lake, Because of You, Echo of Time, The Joy of Life, Ocean Dance, Winter’s Dream, and Mira. Fortuna Records
The Bragdon Pavilion, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2011). Paris-Delhi-Bombay exhibit, Soundtrack with the “harmonic piano,” multi-media installation in collaboration with French artist Loris Greaud. May 25 – September 19, 2011.
(2011, completed) Youth or Women’s Choir, solo cello, piano, optional tabla & percussion
(2011) Abridged Version for Youth or Women’s Choir, piano, optional tabla & percussion Premiere performance of full version May 6, 2011, Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd St. Y, New York, NY; Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Francisco J. Núñez, conductor, with Maya Beiser (cello), Michael Harrison (just intonation piano), and Payton MacDonald (tabla & percussion). Recorded and broadcast by American Public Media, hosted by John Schaefer. Premiere of Hijaz
Just Ancient Loops (2011, completed). Solo cello played live with an orchestra of cello tracks pre-recorded by Maya Beiser. Premiere by Maya Beiser scheduled for Bang on a Can Marathon in New York City, June, 2012.
Chant (2011). For String Quartet. Premiere by JACK Quartet scheduled for Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, December, 2012.
Raga Prelude 2: Hijaz Bhairav
(2011, completed) For cello, piano, and optional second cello
(2011) Version for violin, piano, and optional cello
(2011) Version for viola, piano, and optional cello
(2011) Two Versions for solo piano
Requiem for the Modern Man (2011). SATB Choir, piano, bass and drums
Osanna in Excelsis (2011). SAB Choir, piano, bass and drums
Revelation Dorian, Homage to La Monte, Carillon, Tone Cloud (2010). Four works for clarinet and piano composed by Michael Harrison and Evan Ziporyn. Premiere performance February 20, 2010, Mile High Voltage Festival, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, CO; Evan Ziporyn (clarinet), Michael Harrison (just intonation piano). Tom Moon Review
Raga Prelude 1: Yaman
(2010) For cello and piano
(2010) Version for violin and piano
(2010) Version for viola and piano
Tone Clouds (2009, completed).Premiere performance March 7, 2009, Other Minds Festival, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, CA; Del Sol String Quartet and Michael Harrison (just intonation piano). Joshua Kosman Feature Article in San Francisco Chronicle
Ragas (2008-present). Adaptations of traditional North Indian ragas and compositions for Indian classical musicians and just intonation piano. Premiere performance in June 5, 2009 at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY; Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan (vocals), Michael Harrison (just intonation piano), Dibyarka Chatterjee (tabla), Simon Stack and Aaron Shragge (tambouras).
Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation (Complete and Abridged Versions, completed 2007). Premiere performance of original 90-minute version, February 10, 2005, Merkin Concert Hall, Interpretations Series, New York, NY, Joshua Pierce, pianist. Revelation was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation Award (2006) and IBLA Foundation International Competition Prize in Music Composition (2004, as a work-in-progress). Tim Page Review
Rumi: Lovedrunk (2004, CD completed). Co-composed with Olivier Glissant, with translations and narratives of Rumi’s poetry by Shahram Shiva. Premiere performance in earlier version, 1999, University of N. Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; Michael Harrison (piano, keyboard, vocals, tamboura, and percussion), Shahram Shiva (narration), John Ragusa (flutes and percussion), Rich Goodhart (percussion), John Funkhouser (bass).
Love’s Glory: Mystical poems of Rumi & Hafiz (2000). Unreleased CD of works with just intonation piano and translations by Coleman Barks and Jonathan Harvey, and narratives by Gabrielle Young.
From Ancient Worlds (1999, revised version completed). Premiere performance of 60 minute revised version, November 17, 1999, Quatro Pianoforti Festival, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy; Michael Harrison, just intonation piano.
Blue Camel (1999, completed). Versions for just intonation and equal tempered piano. Premiere performance November 17, 1999, Quatro Pianoforti Festival, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy; Michael Harrison, just intonation piano.
Rumi: Fire of Love (1996). Evening length collaborative work with translations and narratives of Rumi’s poetry by Shahram Shiva. Premiere performance in December 1996, Symphony Space, New York, NY, presented by the World Music Institute; Michael Harrison (piano, keyboard, vocals, tamboura, and percussion), Omar Faruk Tekbilek (ney, oud, vocals, percussion), Shahram Shiva (narration), John Ragusa (flutes and percussion), Randy Crafton (percussion), John Funkhouser (bass), and others.
Symphonic Cortege (1988, completed). Premiere performance by the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, OR, May 1993.
EARLY ENSEMBLE WORKS:
For My Father: Flute, violin, cello and piano, 1994
Song of the Rose: Cello and piano, 1993
Birds of Paradise: Jazz ensemble, 1990
1001 Nights: Jazz ensemble, 1990
African Child: world music ensemble (tuned in Harrison’s "Adjacent Syntonic Comma” just
Tactus: Flugelhorn, Piano and percussion, (also in solo piano version), 1984-85
The Swan Has Flown to the Mountain Lake: Flute, harp and cello, 1984
Ecstatic poems of Rumi: Soprano and piano, 1983-84
For Oboe: Oboe, 1983
Reminiscent Dances: String Orchestra (also in solo piano version),1982
Choral Work No. 1: Five singers (SAATB), 1981
Choral Work No. 2: Five singers (SAATB), 1981
Crystal Kyrie: 2 sopranos, 13 crystal goblets in pure intonation (or bowed vibraphone), 1979
Zikr: SATB Choir with soprano soloist, 1979
Atlantis: Flute, clarinet, piano and tabla (optional), 1979
Call of the Beloved: Soprano, flute, harp and piano, 1979
Dance of the Sorcerers: Flute, cello, piano, tabla & tamboura (optional), 1977-78
Sonnet XVIII: Alto and piano, 1977
EARLY PIANO WORKS:
1001 Nights, 1990
For My Father, 1990
The Skeletons Come Out to Play: Harmonic piano with muted strings and digital delay tuned in "From Ancient Worlds" just tuning, 1988
First Light, 1988
Lyric Cortege, 1987
The Swan Has Flown to the Mountain Lake: Versions for piano tuned in "From Ancient
Worlds" just tuning and equal temperament, 1986, 1981
Forgotten Time, 1986
Piano Study No.2, 1983
The Celestial Suite: Piano tuned in "From Ancient Worlds" just tuning, 1981
Piano Study No. 1, 1981
Birth of a Stream, 1975
The Gift of Life, 1975
Queen Hatshepsut, 1974