“Mara Gibson is a composer possessing inexhaustible imagination, sensitivity, and collaborative spirit. Her composition for us, The Clockmaker’s Doll, is an integral part of our touring theatrical recital Black Meridian; we simply cannot imagine that program without Mara’s emotionally powerful contribution. She is a generous asset and ally to any institution, partnership, commission, colleague, student, performer, friend, or organization associated with her.” -Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen present…

Spring break!

Spring break means lots of new projects for composer me!  This week, I am thrilled to begin pieces for Megan Ihnen (to complete the song cycle with a setting Manual of Trains by Rebecca Morgan Frank), a bassoon concerto for my forever friend and colleague, Darrel Hale and possibly even some preliminary notes for Atlantic Brass Quintet.

In the meantime, check out Four Modes: impetUS premiered by Hamiruge, and led by another awesome colleague, Brett Dietz.

Progress on upcoming projects:

  1. a new piece been brewing since summer for Hamiruge Percussion Ensemble with my colleague Brett Dietz (for wood, metal and drum set)
  2. a duo for mezzo and bassoon (an under utilized instrumentation) inspired by the poetry of Rebecca Morgan Frank for Darrel Hale and Megan Ihnen,
  3. and some mysterious explorations into black holes (more info about that coming soon).
  4. In the meantime, I will leave you with this wonderful recording of my first ever performance at a pirate bar this past June as a part of Charlotte New Music Festival featuring the fantastic Beo String Quartet.

Some overdue spring updates include a review by Gramophone, an Associate Professor position at LSU starting this fall and first solo program of works.

Gramophone review here.

LSU School of Music is pleased to announce that Mara Gibson has accepted an offer to become Associate Professor of Composition, starting in Fall 2018.

Previously, Mara Gibson was Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition here at the School of Music, and currently leads the Constantinides New Music Ensemble, a unique chamber group engaging in new projects which adapt to multiple musical styles, and find new ways to connect in the community through non-traditional venues.

Faculty program with new and long standing colleagues.

Sky-born updates one month after release date

Thanks for listening!  Check out the online resources for my 2nd CD through Navona Records.  Purchase Sky-born through Amazon MP3, Amazon CD, iTunes, Spotify, Naxos Direct and Arkiv Music.

Recent reviews available through Sonagrama and Audiophile and airplay by WTJU of the University of Virginia, WCNY Classic FM, WMBR 88.1, WRUV FM Burlington, KALX Berkeley and many more.

Check out the inside story for the album here through PARMA.