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 song(s)
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InstrumentSoprano, Tenor, Bass (voice), glockenspiel/bells
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InstrumentSoprano
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Instrumentchorus mixed (SATB), audience participation, piano
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Instrumentflute
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InstrumentSoprano
Ensemble Typesolo voice(s)+2 to 6 instruments, string quartet (alone or + inst or voc)
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Instrumentchorus men
Ensemble Typechoral a cappella
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gilbertgracetoyouexcerptchanticleer.mp3
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Instrumentnarrator-speaker(s)
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gilbertinthebeginningexcerpt.mp3
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Instrumentnarrator-speaker(s), clarinet, harp
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Instrumentnarrator-speaker(s), piccolo, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, tuba, strings
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InstrumentSoprano, violin, violin ii, viola, cello
Ensemble Typestring quartet (alone or + inst or voc)
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GilbertOfHeloiseExcerpt.mp3
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Additional Works