John Pitman Review: Donald Nally talks about Anonymous Man
Donald Nally is the artistic director of one of this country’s most adventurous and creative choirs, The Crossing. John Pitman talks to the conductor about Michael Gordon’s Anonymous Man, a 65-minute choral work in 7 movements, which is a memoir of Gordon’s life with his family on Desbrosses Street in lower Manhattan in the 1980s. New York, especially Tribeca, was very different then: the legendary lofts that artists could afford to live in were in that area since replaced through gentrification. But one constant has been the presence of houseless people, and Gordon’s work shares his personal interactions with two men who lived on the street in his neighborhood then. A compelling document of a specific time and place, but which could really be anyplace, including here.