Gordon Fitzell’s music has been performed at major international festivals including the Darmstädter Ferienkurse (Germany), Festival Synthèse Bourges (France), the ISCM World New Music Days (Sweden), the International Sound Art Festival (Mexico), and the Tanglewood Music Festival (USA). He has received acknowledgements and awards for his compositions from various organizations, including CBC Radio, the SOCAN Foundation, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (USA).
In 2008 the eighth blackbird album strange imaginary animals, which features two of Fitzell’s compositions, garnered two Grammy Awards. Fitzell also appears on the album as co-producer and live electronics artist, and in 2006 performed with the group on two CD release concerts at The Kitchen in New York. In 2009 his chamber work violence was performed at the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days in Sweden by Norway’s BIT20 Ensemble, under the direction of Dutch conductor/composer/pianist Reinbert de Leeuw. In 2010 Fitzell was the guest composer of the Cluster Festival of New Music and Integrated Arts, where five of his works were presented. Performances of his work in 2011 include concerts by the Contempo New Music Ensemble, the Harrington/Loewen Duo, the Ensemble de flûtes Alizé, Trio Fibonacci, and the Tempest Flute Ensemble.
Fitzell is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, where he leads the XIE (eXperimental Improv Ensemble). In recent years the XIE has presented a diverse offering of sonic art including performances at the Winnipeg New Music Festival, an evening of live soundtracks at Cinémathèque, an outdoor sound installation for the Museum of Clear Ideas, and Jamming the Kitchen—a “sonic cuisine” fund-raiser sponsored by Amnesty International.
Fitzell is a regular curator of sound art events, ranging from chamber music concerts to media installations. Since 2009 he has been an Artistic Director of Groundswell, Winnipeg’s premiere new music series.