Jan Gilbert

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Jan Gilbert is a nationally recognized composer. Her work has been commissioned by Chanticleer, the Dale Warland Singers, Ars Nova Singers, LISTEN, the American Guild of Organists, the St. Paul Civic Symphony, the University of Illinois Chamber Singers, the University of Maine Chamber Singers, Hamline University, A Cappella Singers, WomanVoice and the United Nations Association International Choir. She has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Walker Art Center, American Composers Forum and the Otto Bremer Foundation, and has completed several residencies at the MacDowell Colony.

Gilbert's interest in experimental and non-western music has led her to create many works centering on African and Asian cultures, including the choral work Let that day be darkness (set in Krio), NightChants (settings of American Indian, African and Sanskrit poetry), One Evening (a setting in Tamil for South Indian dance and choir) and the orchestral works Nine in One (a setting of a Hmong folktlae) and Khoj: The Search for Light (a collaboration with Asian Indian storyteller Gita Kar. Chanticleer features selections from NightChants on Sound in Spirit, released on Warner Classics (2005). Recent works have explored collaborative relationships with Renee Ramaswamy, South Indian Bharatnatyam choreographer in Gitanjali (Song Offerings for Soprano, String Quartet and Dance) and with Nirmala Rajasekar, veena artist and composer in Shakuntala for Soprano, String Quartet and Veena and Suite for Veena and Orchestra, premiered in May 2007. In 2009, a new choral work That the dove may rest for soprano Adriana Zabala (Minnesota Opera) and the United Nations Association International Choir, accompanied by the Space City Gamelan Ensemble, was premiered in Houston, commissioned in honor of the ensemble's tenth anniversary.

Gilbert's vocal music has been described by critics as "innovative with an eerie and mysterious beauty" (San Francisco Chronicle), and her multimedia composition "perfectly captures the flavor of dance and the spirit of storytelling." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ACA List for Jan Gilbert

1 ABELARD: CONFESSION, TO HELOISE (2008)
Countertenor, viola

2 ARCS OF LIGHT (1998)
Bar

4 Coming Home: A Choral Meditation (2008)
A Cappella SATB

5 COMMUNION SERVICE and THE LORD'S PRAYER (1999)
Congregation/Choir

6 A CONTEMPORARY ADVENT CAROL (1998)
SATB, bell choir

7 THE CRY OF THOTH (1988)
Sop, Tape (Audio)

8 DRONE FOR FLUTE AND TAPE (1974)
flute, audio fixed media

10 FAITHSONG (1999)
SATB choir, org

12 Gitanjali (Song Offerings) (2005)
Soprano, String Quartet, (optional) Dancer

13 GRACE TO YOU (from Nightchants) (2005)
Men's chorus with Cantorial solo

gilbertgracetoyouexcerptchanticleer.mp3

Chanticleer - excerpt from CD

15 IN THE BEGINNING: A Native American Legend from the Tlingit Tribe of the Northwest Coast (2007)
2-1+EH-2-2/4-2-3-1/2 per, hp/str/narrator

gilbertinthebeginningexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt - "Raven's Waltz"

16 THE INDIGO ROOFTOP OF THE NIGHT (2012)
Soprano, alto flute, viola, cello

17 KHOJ - THE SEARCH FOR LIGHT (2001)
2(pic),ca,2,2/4,2,0,1/3perc/hp/str, Narr

18 The Lady of the Broom (La Dama de la Escoba) (2007)
Flute/alto flute, viola, cello, soprano

19 LET ALL MORTAL FLESH KEEP SILENCE'
children's choir, bells, fl, ob, vln, vc, dm

20 LET THAT DAY BE DARKNESS
Choir (SATB), perc

22 Linden Lea (2005)
Men's Chorus TTBB

23 THE LORD'S PRAYER (1998)
SATB

25 NINE-IN-ONE GRR! GRR! (2003)
2(pic).ca.2.2/4201/2perc./str, Narr

27 Of Heloise: Four Song Settings of the Poetry of Judith Infante (2008)
Soprano, String Quartet

GilbertOfHeloiseExcerpt.mp3

Of Heloise - by Jan Gilbert, excerpt

28 ON THE FAULT OF A CROOKED EARTH (1998)
soprano and piano

30 OUT OF THE LOOKING GLASS
electro-acoustic score

31 PAISAJE CON DOS TUMBAS Y UN PERRO ASIRIO (1977)
Sop, Tape (audio)

32 PIANO BALLAD (1994)
pf

34 PSALM 8 (1999)
solo S, solo T, solo Bar, SATB

35 A PSALM OF PENITENCE (1982)
SATB (choir)

36 THE REVELATION OF JOHN (1986)
chamber SATB, Mixed Choir, solo sop, cl, Narr

37 SAINTE (1995)
S, pf

38 SHAKUNTALA: A Sanskrit Song for Soprano, String Quartet, and South Indian Veena (2006)
Soprano, String Quartet, South Indian Veena

39 SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER... (1999)
congregation, tpt, bells, org

40 SOLO FOR CLARINET (1979)
cl

41 SONG FOR FOUR FLUTES (1999)
3 fl, afl

42 SONG FOR SARAH (2000)
S, hp, vla, men's choir

43 SONGS OF TRANSFORMATION (2009)
SATB choir, with Persian Ney, or Alto Flute

45 SUBASH'
gatam, electro-acoustic score

46 Suite for South Indian Veena and Orchestra (2008)
2 (double picc)-1+EH-2-2/4-2-0-1 /2 perc/ str/veena

47 TEN INCARNATIONS'
electro-acoustic score

48 THILLANA for women's voices (2009)
SSA women's chorus with optional drummer, dancer

gilbertthillanaexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt - Thillana for women's voices, by Jan Gilbert

49 Three Antiphons for Women's Chorus (2006)
Women's Chorus SSA

52 WINDSONG (1998)
SATB, org (may be performed as a concert piece without dance/visuals)

53 WOOD FLOOR DREAMS (1995)
SATB

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