Gilbert Galindo is an award winning internationally performed composer, engraver, producer/DJ, educator, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from West Texas, Galindo studied music composition and outreach & education in music at Northwestern University (BM) and composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM). Currently, he is the Artistic Director of Random Access Music and The Queens New Music Festival.
Galindo’s compositions offer the listener a kaleidoscope of textures, vibrant melodies, and challenging harmonies. His repertoire includes works for voices, soloists, small ensembles, symphonic orchestra, and he is currently planning his first opera. His music has been performed domestically and internationally by Ensemble Dal Niente, the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, the New Thread Quartet, newEar, and Parthenia. He has received awards from the American Music Center, BMI, Meet The Composer, New Music USA, and Northwestern University. His teachers have included Augusta Read Thomas, Jay Alan Yim, Margaret Brouwer, Zhou Long, and Jason Eckardt. His music is available from Cuicatl Publications (BMI) and his recording of “Almost within reach…” for violoncello and piano can be found on New Focus Recordings.
On another end of the musical spectrum, it wasn't until Galindo heard the music at the infamous club Roxy when he was fully captivated by dance music. After soaking up sounds from New York nightlife in the mid-aughts, he made his musical nightlife mark as electronic music artist Casa de Galindo. Adept at spinning dance pop hits to underground house, with an electric, rhythmic, and sometimes classic flair, Galindo has been heard at Rebar, Boots & Saddle, the Ritz Bar and Lounge, Splash, the VIP Room at Webster Hall, and at The Phoenix having spun for dance parties and live drag and vocal performances.
Galindo’s extensive teaching experience includes giving elementary general music and band instruction as a Teaching Artist in New York City public schools, being a guest band clinician in Texas, giving private lessons in trumpet and composition, and teaching music theory and appreciation as a graduate assistant at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has conducted the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, the Bard Conductors Institute Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music New Music Ensemble, as well as other college, high school, and groups. His conducting teachers have included Harold Farberman, Eduardo Navega, Stephen Alltop, and John Lynch. He has also enjoyed performing on trumpet with various ensembles and was taught by Robert Sullivan, Jana Galloway, and Susan Rider.