The album (Radio Omnibus) traverses the jazz idiom to the world spectrum, but what is clearly not boxable is the adventuresome spirit of the album. It breaks barriers and is clearly the signaling of what is to come in electronic styles of jazz and world music. It melds the world of electronic generated sounds with acoustic instruments with resounding perfection.”

— All About Jazz

Image of: MW Gilbert seated at synthesizers

Michael William Gilbert grew up in Connecticut and Brussels, Belgium. While living in Europe he first encountered the music of Varese, Stockhausen, and Pierre Henry, as well as music of India, Africa, and Japan. After studying electrical engineering at MIT, he continued studies in music at the Boston School of Electronic Music, later as a teacher and designer of synthesis systems. He graduated with a degree in music from Hampshire College, and shortly thereafter became the technical director of electronic music studios at Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has since taught electronic music at Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

His 10th album is "Voice Ping Strum", a vinyl only release. It has two extended suites, one on each side. It was realized in the studio using Eurorack modular, voice, and piano. It comes on the 40th anniversary of the release of his first album, "Moving Pictures".  His new release is "Samsara", featuring Adam Holzman.

Press Photos

Cover art: Voice Ping Strum
Image of: MW Gilbert seated at synthesizers
Image of: close-up of modular synth with many patchcords