Jesse Gilbert is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, computer programmer and software engineer. As a composer Gilbert has developed an extensive body of work centering around aspects of improvisation and cross-disciplinary collaboration, with a focus on networks and experimentation with new media. His work ranges widely from explorations of symbolic systems and abstract scores to large scale Internet-based works involving international ensembles to the construction of software-based algorithmic musical agents interacting on the network.
Gilbert is consistently interested in exploring means of moving beyond the concert hall, engaging listeners in immersive media environments that aim to transform audience members into active participants. He is currently exploring the uses of streaming media feedback structures. Gilbert has received commissions from the Jerome Foundation, the Markle Foundation, Creative Capital, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been a resident at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has performed widely in the United States and in Europe, and runs a micro-label, Open Ear, due to release several discs in 2002. He is also a founding member of the ensemble Dark Matter.
He is NRPA’s System Administrator.