Jan Gilbert

Biography

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)

ACE Publications

57 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Jan Gilbert Rasikapriya alto flute and viola
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Jan Gilbert INDIGO ROOFTOP OF NIGHT -
Soprano, alto flute, viola, cello
Jan Gilbert SUITE FOR STRING QUARTET AND VEENA String Quartet, veena
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Jan Gilbert SONGS OF TRANSFORMATION -
SATB choir, with Persian Ney, or Alto Flute
Jan Gilbert THILLANA for women's voices -
SSA women's chorus with optional drummer, dancer
Jan Gilbert ABELARD: CONFESSION, TO HELOISE -
Countertenor, viola
Jan Gilbert OF HELOISE: THE SONGS OF ABELARD Countertenor, viola
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Jan Gilbert Of Heloise: Four Song Settings of the Poetry of Judith Infante -
Soprano, String Quartet
Jan Gilbert Lady of Broom (La Dama de la Escoba) Flute/alto flute, viola, cello, soprano
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Jan Gilbert IN THE BEGINNING: A Native American Legend from the Tlingit Tribe of the Northwest Coast 2-1+EH-2-2/4-2-3-1/2 per, hp/str/narrator
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Jan Gilbert SHAKUNTALA: A Sanskrit Song for Soprano, String Quartet, and South Indian Veena -
Soprano, String Quartet, South Indian Veena
Jan Gilbert GRACE TO YOU (from Nightchants) Men's chorus with Cantorial solo
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Jan Gilbert Gitanjali (Song Offerings) Soprano, String Quartet, (optional) Dancer
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Jan Gilbert NINE-IN-ONE GRR! GRR! 2(pic).ca.2.2/4201/2perc./str, Narr
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Jan Gilbert KHOJ - THE SEARCH FOR LIGHT 2(pic),ca,2,2/4,2,0,1/3perc/hp/str, Narr
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Additional Works