Jon Gibson & David Behrman

Friday, December 10, 1999 @ 9:00 pm

Nectar: a rare evening of improvisational and compositional interactions between two low-key musical titans, featuring Jon Gibson on various woodwinds performing with gadgetarian David Behrman’s incredible sonic soundscapes. Editor’s note: an offering of nectar from these two gentlemen is not to be refused.


Jon Gibson is a flautist, saxophonist, composer and visual artist, known as one of the founding members of the Philip Glass Ensemble and as a key player on several seminal minimalist music compositions. Gibson uses various instruments from around the world in his performances of jazz and classical music. He was a founding member of the Philip Glass Ensemble, with whom he continues to perform today. Gibson performed in the premiers of In C by Terry Riley and Drumming by Steve Reich, as well as Reich’s 1967 composition Reed Phase, which Reich wrote especially for him (Strickland 2001). For a time in the 1960s, alongside Philip Glass & Steve Reich, Gibson performed the music of Moondog during weekly sessions with the composer, recordings of which were made by Reich (Glass 2007, Preface)[full citation needed]. He was briefly a member of the Theatre of Eternal Music with La Monte Young, and in the 1970s Gibson studied with Pandit Pran Nath (Young 2018, 12, 15). He has also performed and recorded with other composers, some of them minimalists, including Christian Wolff, David Behrman, Harold Budd, Alvin Curran, Arthur Russell, Annea Lockwood and Frederic Rzewski (Strickland 2001).

In 1973, Gibson’s debut solo recording Visitations was released on the Chatham Square label, run by Philip Glass (Anon. n.d.). Visitations is a departure from the structured repetitions of his minimalist contemporaries, instead using field recordings, ambient flutes, synthesizers and free-flowing percussive textures. In 1977 Two Solo Pieces was released, also on the Chatham Square imprint, consisting of the droning organ composition Cycles and Untitled, a piece for solo alto flute. Gibson is also an accomplished visual artist. Throughout his career he has created numerous graphic text based works laden with musical information (Powell 2016). He also created the cover artwork for his solo albums Two Solo Pieces and Criss X Cross. –Bio as of 2019

David Behrman has been active as a composer and artist since the 1960s – making sound and multimedia installations for gallery spaces as well as compositions for performance in concerts. My Dear Siegfried, Leapday Night, On the Other Ocean, Unforeseen Events, lnterspecies Smalltalk, Long Throw and Open Space with Brass are among Behrman’s works for soloists and small ensembles. In the 1970s, he collaborated with Robert Watts and Bob Diamond on the video and sound installation Cloud Music; in the 1980s, with George Lewis and Paul DeMarinis, he made installations for the DeCordova, Hudson River and La Villette museums. His most recent installations were Pen Light (2002) and View Finder (2006). –Bio as of 2019