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Composer, Mara Gibson is originally from Charlottesville, VA, graduated from Bennington College and completed her Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo. She attended London College of Music; L’École des Beaux-Arts, Fontainebleau, France; and the International Music Institute at Darmstadt, Germany. She has received grants and honors from the American Composer’s Forum, the Banff Center, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Arts KC, Meet the Composer, the Kansas Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Bass Society, ASCAP, the John Hendrick Memorial Foundation, Virginia Center for the Arts, Yale University and most recently, the MacDowell Colony. Internationally renowned ensembles and soloists have performed her music throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, Asia, and Europe.

New work includes the Folium series which premiered spring 2015 in Europe and the US, ArtIfacts, a CD compilation of recent works (released May 2015) to accompany the DVD release of Map of Rain Hitting Water with percussionist Mark Lowry of newEar and videographer Caitlin Horsmon as well as several newly commissioned works including Canopy for Chicago-based violist Michael Hall which was premiered, recorded and reviewed in conjunction with the installation of Roxy Paine’s FERMENT at The Nelson Atkins Museum of ArtE: clipse for sax concerto featuring Shyen Lee from the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Moments for clarinet, viola and piano trio, which premiered in 2013, recorded in spring 2014, Flone for solo flute written for Luisa Sello (premiered and recorded in spring 2014) and Spark for trombone and piano duet.  Additionally in 2016, Mara premiered the Blackbird Project, Shimmer and One Voice. In 2017, she will be releasing her 2nd Cd under the PARMA Recording label.

Dr. Gibson teaches as an Associate Professor at the UMKC Conservatory, where she is founder of the UMKC Composition Workshop and co-director/founder of ArtSounds.  She also contributes regularly to NewMusicBox.  Starting in the fall of 2015, she will also be Coordinator of Undergraduate Composition at UMKC. Her second CD is going to be released through PARMA Recordings in November 2017.

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Mara Gibson’s compositions are ethereal yet deliberate, intense without being frantic. A review by the International Society of Bassists described her November 3rd for bass and piano as “the perfect piece for those looking for new works that experiment with alternative sounds and find an effective way to give those voices meaning.”

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