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Isbin, Gilbert

Isbin, Gilbert, guitarist, composer; b. Knokke, Belgium, 29 May 1953. He is a self-taught guitar player. He studied via books, recordings and mostly using his own gifts. His early influences were in blues, then contemporary jazz and classical, ethnic and freeform musics. He has collaborated in concert and/or recorded with Joe Fonda, Cameron Brown, Ernst Reijseger, Michel Godard, Jaap Blonk, Fred Van Hove, John Ruocco, Sandor Szabo, Chris Joris, Philippe Deschepper, Pedro Soler, Geert Verbeke to mention a few. He performs solo, with the Joe Fonda(USA)/Gilbert Isbin duo, the Gilbert Isbin Group, the Isbin/Iep Fourrier duo and the worldfusion group Gilbert Isbin & Elengi.

Gilbert has written music with the group Elengi for the documentary films of Els Van den Kerckhove - Verhoeven ('Sappho', 'Toucouleur', 'The pelgrimstable'). He composed music for solo, duet, trio and quartet guitar settings of which his 'Summer Moon Dance' has been added to the repertoire of the internationally acclaimed Quartetto Chitarristico Italiano.

Pure (1984); The Clear Perception (1987); Blue Sounds and Touches (1991); Gilbert Isbin Plays Nick Drake (2000); The Fingerstyle of Gilbert Isbin (2002); Red Wine (2003).

As sideperson:
Cameron Brown: Spring Cleaning (1992); Extensions: Mortons (1994), 1, 37 (1995); Rudy De Sutter: Acoustic Dialogues (1995); Geert Verbeke: Twins (1999); Joe Fonda: Blisters (2003); Various artists: Highveld Easter Plundafonix (2002), Trance Planet Vol 4.


Contact information:
Gilbert Isbin
Oudstrijderslaan 18, 8200 Brugge 2 Belgium
tel/fax : 32 50 670245
e-mail :gilbert.isbin@pandora.be

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