Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation: Revealing the Commas
Composer and pianist Michael Harrison first earned international recognition when In Flight sold half million copies as the lead track on the Windham Hill Piano Sampler.
Revelation, his 75-minute work for piano in his own “just intonation” tuning, was selected as one of the Best Classical Recordings of the Year by The New York Times, Boston Globe and TimeOut New York, and Time Loops, with cellist Maya Beiser, was selected in NPR’s Top 10 Classical Albums of 2012.
Equally at home writing for voices (Roomful of Teeth), chamber orchestra (Alarm Will Sound), and Indian classical musicians, his music defies classification; yet many composers and critics confer that he is one of the most innovative artists of his generation, including Philip Glass, who called him an “American Maverick.” Inspired by both Bach and the Beatles, post-modern and jazz, Harrison blends Renaissance beauty with minimalist methodology, Eastern aesthetics with modern technology. The result is a body of concert music, interdisciplinary collaborations, and acclaimed solo albums.
Harrison began piano lessons at an early age. His music was transformed by discovering La Monte Young's “The Well-Tuned Piano,” a work which he spent years learning, performing, and perfecting the tuning. He also performs Indian classical music, having studied in India with Pandit Pran Nath, Mashkoor Ali Khan, and Terry Riley. Harrison invented the "harmonic piano" which plays 24 notes per octave. He is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.