Eclipse

Program Notes
It is then, when we see what is unseeable,
that our senses awaken
to simplicity
to beauty
to energy
in that moment when the light is dark and the deep blackness is illumined

Biographical Sketch
Peter Gilbert’s music combines traditional instrumental writing with elements of improvisation, live-performed electronics, and other media. His multi-media opera dreimaldrei gleich unendlich (trans: 3x3=∞), written with partner, Karola Obermüller, was premiered in 2009 as part of the Musik der Jahrhunderte festival in Stuttgart and is featured in the "Imagining Media" exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ZKM | Institut für Akustik und Musik (Karlsruhe, Germany). He and Obermüller have presented their installation piece “Listening to Mountains” at several international soundscape conferences. Gilbert was also part of a collaborative group of composers who received a Siemens Foundation grant for the experimental music theatre piece Robert S. produced with Theater Bonn.

He has held artist residencies in Europe and the US at festivals and institutions like ZKM, Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany), IMEB Bourges (France), La Mortella (Italy), Tage Aktueller Musik, Nürnberg (Germany), and the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. Other accolades and commissions have come from the Barlow Foundation, the Russolo Foundation, the Look & Listen Festival, the Third Practice Festival, the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, the Washington International Composers Competition and the ZKM | Institut für Akustik und Musik. Gilbert's work as a composer, performer and producer can be heard on New Focus Recordings and at http://petergilbert.net.

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 and he was Founder and Co-Directer of the Young Composers Program at CIM from 2003-2010. Gilbert holds degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as a PhD from Harvard University. He currently teaches at the University of New Mexico as Assistant Professor of Composition.