Gilbert Galindo is an award winning internationally performed composer, engraver, producer/DJ, educator, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist. Currently, he is the Artistic Director of Random Access Music and The Queens New Music Festival, spins in the clubs of NYC, teaches elementary band in the Bronx, provides engraving services to various clients, and is working on various chamber and orchestral projects.
Having grown up in the Tejano culture of the Permian Basin in west Texas as a fan of M.C. Hammer and Selena, at 13, after a year of playing cornet in his junior high band he decided to write a symphony. Soon after the regional orchestra, the Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale performed his trumpet concerto on the children’s concert series. With the help of teachers Ronald Bennett (composition/piano), Jana Galloway (trumpet), Susan Rider (trumpet), and Bill Harden (band), Gilbert went on to progress through junior high and high school as a composer and trumpet player. He then went on to study music composition and outreach & education in music at Northwestern University (NU) (BM).
Gilbert was very active at Northwestern, not only writing ample music, which garnered him awards from NU, but also co-producing concert series, helping to expose contemporary music to a wider range of students while exploring the possibilities of becoming a teaching artist. He was able to study with inspiring composers such as Amon Wolman, M. William Karlins, Augusta Read Thomas, and Jay Alan Yim during this time. The experience gave him enough encouragement to continue pursuing life as a composer and musician.
In 2004 he entered the composition studio at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) (MM) where he continued to explore his compositional capabilities and conducted the CIM New Music Ensemble where he had the opportunity to work with Lucy Shelton. The teachers who shaped his path at CIM included Margaret Brouwer and Zhou Long who helped cultivate his professionalism and intrigue. By the end of the two years at CIM, he was ready to move on and had his heart set on a place further east: New York. And what a great way to move to New York than by winning a BMI Student Composer Award in 2006 for his orchestra work, “Awakening—Inevitable”.
His Musical Life
Galindo’s classical compositions offer the listener a kaleidoscope of textures, vibrant melodies, and challenging harmonies. His repertoire includes works for voices, soloists, small ensembles, concert band, and symphonic orchestra. Groups such as Ensemble Dal Niente, the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, the New Thread Quartet, newEar, Parthenia, and others have performed his music at home and abroad. Recognition and awards for his music have come from the American Music Center, BMI, Meet The Composer, New Music USA, and Northwestern University and 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 other ends of the musical spectrum, Gilbert can be found active in club music and video and film. It wasn't until Gilbert heard the music at the infamous club Roxy that he was fully captivated by dance music. He soaked up the sounds from New York nightlife in the mid-aughts and then made his musical nightlife mark thereafter 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 keeping the music going for dance parties and live drag and vocal performances. Through this venture though, he of course couldn’t keep from creating original content and has collaborated with up and coming vocal artists. In addition, Gilbert’s music can also be found on the documentary film entitled “Barbarossa and the Towers of Italy,” directed by Tony Schweikle as well as on other film and video endeavors.
Teaching & Conducting
Gilbert’s extensive teaching experience includes elementary general music and band instruction as a Teaching Artist in New York City public schools, a guest band clinician in Texas, a private instructor on trumpet and in composition, and as a music theory and music appreciation graduate teacher 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 pick-up professional 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 at CIM.