Death of a minimalist pioneer, 80

Death of a minimalist pioneer, 80


norman lebrecht

October 13, 2020

The composer and instrumentalist Jon Gibson died yesterday.

He played in the world premieres of ‘In C,’ ‘Drumming’ and ‘Einstein on the Beach’ and was a founding member of the Philip Glass Ensemble.


  • V. Lind says:

    Possibly the most famous Glass work — certainly one of the first I heard.

    I am one of those, apparently despised around here, who likes Glass. Aside from seeing several films he scored, I was also blown away by his collaboration with Twyla Tharp, whose dances to Glass music (In the Upper Room) were stunning — a brilliant marriage of movement and music.

    RIP Jon Gibson.

    • J says:

      I’m also a huge Glass fan. Caught many concerts/premiers in NYC in the early ’80s. His “Words Without Music: A Memoir” is wonderful autobiography. Recently heard the first track from “Glassworks” and it took me back 40 years! RIP Jon Gibson.

  • violin accordion says:

    RIP Alan Lumsden .