Internationally respected Mike Gibbs - composer, arranger and
trombonist - has worked with many music luminaries, including Pat Metheny, John
McLaughlin, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel and Bill
Widely recognised as one of jazz’s
leading composer/arrangers his pulsating compositions blend the colours of
Africa, Charles Ives, Messiaen and rock into a unique jazz style. The 18-piece
Big Band reads like a Who’s Who of UK jazz stars.
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Gibbs music is full of intriguing inner detail that does not deflect from the ultimate destiny of his piecesBBC Music Magazine
Born in Southern Rhodesia (now
Zimbabawe) Mike Gibbs has spent most of his career based in the USA & UK. A
prolific composer and arranger he has worked with an astounding range of
musicians including the likes of Pat Metheny, John Dankworth & Cleo Laine,
Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel, Gary Burton, Whitney Houston and John Scofield
and with some of the most important orchestras and big bands in the world.
Over the years, Gibbs has composed
and arranged music for films, television, albums, ballet, jazz groups, symphony
orchestras and is equally conversant in modern, traditional, jazz and classical
styles. His recent projects include a composition for Bill Frisell and the
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (Bloods of Dust); a piece for London Brass
(About Face); an album of European Folk Music (Europeana) for Joachim Kuhn with
the Hannover Radio Symphony; music for Bill Forsyth’s film (Gregory’s Two
Girls); and arranging and conducting a concert of Ellington music in Weimar
with Gary Burton and NDR Big Band and Radio Symphony Orchestra.