It is then, when we see what is unseeable,
that our senses awaken
in that moment when the light is dark and the deep blackness is illumined
Peter Gilbert writes: “I love the feeling of being enveloped in a musical experience, of disappearing into sound. As a composer, I search for musical spaces and situations that might conjure up such secret passageways to transcendence. And this magic is all the more special as a cooperative effort with performers, collaborators and listeners.”
Described as “ethereal, ambient, and benignly haunting like a morning fog on the ocean”, Gilbert’s music, whether for multi-media theater, installation, film or the concert hall, often combines traditional elements of detailed notation with improvisation and live-electronics.
He has held artist residencies in Europe and the US at numerous festivals and institutions including the ZKM | Institut für Akustik und Musik and the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany). Accolades and commissions include the Barlow Foundation, New Music USA, the Aaron Copland House, the Russolo Foundation, the Look & Listen Festival, the Third Practice Festival, and the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges.
Gilbert holds degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a doctorate from Harvard University. He has taught composition, electronic music, music theory and music history at Harvard University, Wellesley College, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
He currently teaches at the University of New Mexico as Assistant Professor of Composition. Gilbert's work as a composer, performer and producer can be heard on New Focus Recordings, Innova, GM Recordings, Sono Lumos, and Centaur, as well as at http://petergilbert.net.