Max Gibson is a British-Irish composer, performer, poet, and improviser, currently based in New Haven, Connecticut. His compositions include works for instruments, voices, electronic and electroacoustic mediums, sonic art, and theatre music, and he has had works performed in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Sweden, Turkey, the USA, and across the UK. His poems have been presented in Belgium, and the USA.
His most recent work focuses on aspects of expanded time, line and counterpoint, sound massing, the act of listening, and an engagement with configuring the space of performance and spectatorship through multimodal approaches to composition.
His work is inspired and informed by medievalism, architecture, globalism, industrialism, astronomy and astrology, and the natural world.
He has had the pleasure of working with a number of musicians and groups including the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Splinter Reeds, Mivos Quartet, Késia Decoté, Verena Barie, deCompagnie, Cameron Woodhead, Christine Cornwell & klank.ist, Peter Merckx & Marc Tooten (HERMESensemble), The Assembly Project, Hear My Music, Laura Moody, Mary Wiegold, Alessandro Ruisi & Dina Duisen, Notes Inégeles & Peter Wiegold, CoMA, Decibel, Coull Quartet, Ensemble Paramirabo, Wayward Brass, and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. His work has been featured in a number of festivals, including Savassi Festival (Brazil), CrossCurrents, Flatpack Film Festival, Frontiers Festival, Stratford Music Festival, Oxford Festival of the Arts, St Magnus International Festival, and the AlbaNova Festival (Belgium).
He has attended various composition courses including the first SCBA Composers Course 2018, SoundMine 2018 & 2017, Benslow Music 2018, St. Magnus 2017, and Arts Offstage 2017. Through these courses he has studied with Mike Svoboda, Simon Holt, Alasdair Nicholson, Sally Beamish, Wim Henderickx, Diederick Glorieux, Jorrit Tamminga, and the director Peter Thomson. His teachers have included Ron Kuivila, Paula Matthusen, Tyshawn Sorey, Howard Skempton, John Woolrich, Michael Finnissy, Michael Zev Gordon, Daria Kwiatkowska, and Scott Wilson, amongst others.
He is also a passionate educator, and has taught at all educational levels, including privately, as a workshop leader, and as an instructor at the University of Birmingham, Wesleyan University, and the University of New Haven, where he is currently an Adjunct Instructor.
He has recently completed an M.A. at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, where he studied composition, improvisation, electronic music, organ, and Javanese gamelan. He also holds degrees from the University of Birmingham, and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and he has also spent time studying at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and the National University of Singapore. In addition to his studies he was an LSO Soundhub Associate (2017-19), and his piece The Comfort of Strangers, recently received a commendation from the NCEM Composition Competition 2018.
He is an avid cook, and enjoys experimenting with food as much as he does sound. At some point he wants to explore works that incorporate food into the musical experience. He loves marmite and kombucha, although not together. He also has an unhealthy obsession with Stroopwafels.
Photo credits to Anya Shatilova.