Jordan Alexander Key
The University of Florida
College of fine Arts, School of Music, Room 334
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-5800
Jordan Alexander Key (b. 1990), gay composer of sacred atheist music, currently pursues his PhD in composition and musicology at the University of Florida. He earned bachelor’s degrees in music composition, mathematics, and Eastern Asian philosophy from The College of Wooster (2013), as well as a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Arizona (2015). His significant recent projects include his Kennedy Center Premier in May of 2019 of his ballet, To Say Pi; his European premier with Vienna’s PHACE Ensemble performing his octet, Threnody on the Death of Children; a commission and performance by the Fonema Consort of Meditation after the Death of Stephen Hawking; performance by Boston String Quartet of his String Quartet No. 1; a concert with Bold City Contemporary Ensemble performing both his trio, March for the 12th Hour, and his Quintet, Discursus Anachronismus; a collaboration with the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival for his art song, God Ourselves; and the display of his recent audio-visual projects as part of the Wolfsburg Kunstmuseum’s new exhibit, Never Ending Stories: The Loop in Art, Film, Architecture, and Music, in Germany during the Winter and Spring of 2018.
Jordan's interests in early music, bagpipe music, and modern organ repertoire give his music a distinct contrapuntal and harmonic flare that is both rhythmically diverse and melodically compelling.