2012 Composer Spotlight: Gabrielle Herbst

David Johnston


2012 Composer-in-Residence Gabrielle Herbst


Gabrielle Herbst creates beautifully crafted, large-scale works, often drawing upon contemporary culture, the environment, and the musical masters of old. A gorgeous singer, Gabrielle incorporates voice and other live elements into her compositions, exploring their full range and capacity. A 2009 graduate of Bard College, Gabrielle received the Bard College Larry McLeod Award in Jazz and was a finalist for the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award in 2011.  Along with director/designer Allie Avital Tsypin, Gabrielle was a 2011 Artist Resident at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center in partnership with New York Theater Workshop. Gabrielle enjoys collaborating with designers, choreographers, installation artists, and others who share her vision of creating multidisciplinary events that are interactive and explore all possibilities of sound.

Gabrielle continues with this vision for her Con Edison Residency at Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, composing an electro-acoustic chamber opera. A commission by the New York-based ensemble Contemporaneous, the opera will be scored for chamber orchestra, accordion, harp, percussion, electronics and live amplified vocalists’ heartbeat. To amplify and capture variations in the singers’ heart rate, Gabrielle will utilize Max MSP computer technology. With such a unique and ever changing sound palette, Gabrielle’s piece will surely provide performers and listeners with a fresh and original aural experience.


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