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Bio

John Gibson composes electroacoustic music, which he often combines with instrumental soloists or ensembles. He seeks to complement and extend the musical inflections of performers with vivid electronic sound, sometimes generated on the fly by the software he develops. Originally a composer of purely acoustic music, he retains in his electroacoustic work an obsession with harmonic color and rhythmic pulsation, along with a timbral sensitivity born of his early years as a rock guitarist. His music embraces influences ranging from contemporary classical to jazz, funk, and electronica.

Gibson’s new portrait CD, Traces, was released last fall on Innova. Other recordings of his music are available on the Centaur, Everglade, and SEAMUS labels. Audiences across the world have heard his music, in venues including the D-22 punk rock club in Beijing, the Palazzo Pisani in Venice, and the U.S. Botanic Garden. His instrumental compositions have been performed by the London Sinfonietta, the Seattle Symphony, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Speculum Musicae, Earplay, and at the Tanglewood and Marlboro festivals. Presentations of his electroacoustic music include concerts at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, the Bourges Synthèse Festival, the Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music, the Australasian Computer Music Conference, the Third Practice Festival, and many ICMC and SEAMUS conferences.

Significant awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Paul Jacobs Memorial Fund Commission from the Tanglewood Music Center, and a residency in the south of France from the Camargo Foundation. This summer he will guide a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Gibson holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where his primary composition teachers were Milton Babbitt, Paul Lansky, and Steven Mackey. He has taught composition and computer music at the University of Virginia, Duke University, and the University of Louisville. He is now Associate Professor of Composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

For more information, please visit http://john-gibson.com.

Shorter Bio

John Gibson’s acoustic and electroacoustic music has been presented in the US, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia. His instrumental compositions have been performed by many groups, including the London Sinfonietta, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Seattle Symphony, the Music Today Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, Ekko!, and at the Tanglewood, Marlboro and June in Buffalo festivals. Presentations of his electroacoustic music include concerts at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, the Bourges Synthèse Festival, the Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music, the International Biennial for Electroacoustic Music of Sao Paulo, Keio University in Japan, the Third Practice Festival, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, and several ICMC and SEAMUS conferences. Among his grants and awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, two ASCAP Foundation Grants, and the Paul Jacobs Memorial Fund Commission from the Tanglewood Music Center. Recordings of his music appear on the Centaur, Everglade, and SEAMUS labels. Gibson holds a Ph.D. in music from Princeton University, where he studied with Milton Babbitt, Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey, and others. He writes sound processing and synthesis software, and has taught composition and computer music at the University of Virginia, Duke University, and the University of Louisville. He is now Associate Professor of Composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

100-word Bio

John Gibson composes acoustic and electroacoustic music that has been performed worldwide and is available on the Centaur, Everglade, Innova, and SEAMUS labels. He seeks to complement and extend the musical inflections of performers using vivid electronic sound, sometimes generated on the fly by the software he develops. His music embraces influences ranging from contemporary classical to jazz, funk, and electronica. He has received significant awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, IMEB Bourges, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Camargo Foundation. He teaches at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. http://john-gibson.com.



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