Campus News

Bowdoin Grad Gives Improvisational Concert

Story posted April 15, 1999


April 26, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Composer and performer David Gamper will present a lecture and recital of improvisational music using his expanded instrument system at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in Gibson Hall, Room 101. Bowdoin student musicians will also participate in group improvisation. The recital is free and open to the public.

Gamper performs with piano, wind instruments and voice and will use an electronics system he designed to transform the sounds of the instruments as he and the students play. Gamper earned his bachelor's degree in math from Bowdoin in 1967 and returned in 1969 to study composition. During that year, he designed, supervised, and taught at Bowdoin's electronic music studio. He earned his master's degree in music at University of California at San Diego.

After leaving California, Gamper worked in Vermont as a composer, goat farmer, electronic music studio designer, property tax assessor and town energy coordinator.

In 1989, he and his wife, photographer Gisela Gamper, moved to Kingston, New York, where he became part of the Deep Listening Band. The Gampers now live in New York City, where his music projects include editing and producing the band's CD's and developing new technology and programming for the Expanded Instrument System.

This performance is sponsored by the music department as part of its Maine New Music Network Series. For information call 725-3832.

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