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), blind, gay composer of contemporary and classical music, currently pursues his PhD in composition and musicology at the University of Florida. He earned bachelor’s degrees in music composition, mathematics, and 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 of his ballet, To Say Pi; his residency at the Harn Museum of Art and the production of music for its various exhibitions including his sextet, Verses from the Scroll of Sondering, and his Black-MIDI dance, Nachi No Taki; his European premier with Vienna’s PHACE Ensemble performing his octet, Threnody on the Death of Children; a 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 and Calliope’s Call for the premiers of his atheist songs, God Ourselves and Last Night I Touched Him; 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.
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.