Phillip Bimstein

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“Phillip Bimstein uses the voices, natural sounds and culture of his adopted home in his compositions, and he practices politics with music in mind.“—NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Described by Outside Magazine as “America's only all-natural politician-composer,” Phillip Bimstein is an Emmy Award-winning composer (for Red Rock Rondo) and former two-term mayor of Springdale, Utah (where Parade Magazine dubbed him “The Man Who Brought Civility Back to Town”).

His music has been reviewed in Washington Post, Stereo Review, Billboard, Wired and The New York Times: "the irresistible charm of Mr. Bimstein’s music … (and) his uncanny knack for finding the music of everyday life." His compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Abravanel Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Spoleto and Aspen Music Festivals, London's Royal Opera House, on NPR and (with his new wave band, Phil ‘n’ the Blanks) on MTV.

Bimstein’s frequently performed works include Half Moon at Checkerboard Mesa, Cats in the Kitchen, Garland Hirschi’s Cows, Dark Winds Rising, The Bushy Wushy Rag, Lockdown!, Zion Canyon Song Cycle, and others.

Bimstein is an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah’s Honors College where he teaches “Radical Quiet,” “Kindness,” “Composing a Community.” He is also a public speaker, including a recent TEDx Talk: “How to Practice Politics with Music in Mind.” He has served as board chair of Utah Humanities and vice-president of the American Music Center.

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