Peter O'Gorman is a composer, percussionist, and interdisciplinary artist based in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area. He has received numerous commissions, grants, awards, and fellowships for his compositional work. His music has been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Amy Knoles of the California Ear Unit, Ethos, and numerous other performers.
Peter creates music that defies categorization while engaging listeners on multiple levels. His compositions are emotional, visceral, cerebral, and kinetic. Critics have labeled his work as "...wildly inventive..." and have referred to Peter as a "...sonic shape shifter…." His compositions often employ new, unusual, and unique percussion instruments and techniques.
In addition, he turns objects, food, breath, and even air into musical instruments. Peter has worked as a soloist and with a multitude of very diverse composers and ensembles. As a performer, he specializes in “new music,” the avant-garde, and various forms of improvised music. Currently, Peter performs with Mary Ellen Childs, Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum, and various other artists. Performing highlights include: Bang on a Can Festival, Other Minds Festival, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and many other notable events.
In addition to composing and performing, Peter is also a teaching artist, author, and clinician. His pedagogical publications include a variety of articles on drumming and the critically acclaimed drumset method book series, Drum Sessions.