Cats in the Kitchen
A three-movement work for oboe, flute, meows, purrs, cups and saucers, cracking eggs, hot skillets – everything PLUS the kitchen “sync.” Commissioned by Western Kentucky University for Michele Fiala and Heidi Pintner. 2007 premieres by Michele Fiala and Heidi Pintner in Bowling Green, Kentucky and Logan, Utah. Recording coming in late 2007.
Handcuffs, metal detectors and slamming cell doors are striking musical instruments, and incarcerated teenagers are the streetwise chorus, in this three-movement techno tone poem for violin, oboe, guitar and bass. Commissioned by Meet The Composer’s New Residencies with additional support from the Utah Arts Council. Recording coming in 2007-2008.
Look and listen at the Lockdown! webpage.
Red Rock Rondo
Ghosts in Grafton, pretty quilts in Rockville and moonlight sonatas in Springdale. A cycle of songs celebrating the history and contemporary life of Zion National Park and its neighboring communities. Scored for guitars, mandolins, banjo, fiddle, mandocello, harmonica, button accordion, oboe, English horn, upright bass and vocals. Commissioned by the American Composer’s Forum Continental Harmony program. CD and possible DVD coming in 2007-2008.Look and listen at the Red Rock Rondo webpage.
Chamber folk ensemble, performing original songs at the confluence of alternative pop and modern folk. Oboe, English horn, violin, guitar, upright bass and vocals join in classically nuanced interplay with elements of improvisation. See blue haiku.
Visiting Composer Programs
Phillip speaks to schools, groups, and organizations about creativity, his own music and new music by other composers.
Phillip has written articles and essays, on both political and musical subjects, for newspapers, magazines, journals, books and webzines, such as The Trick of Retreating for NewMusicBox.
Based on his two terms as mayor, Phillip Bimstein speaks to groups and organizations on community planning, building community partnerships, the beneficial effects of environmental protection on a community's economy and quality of life, and the role of the arts in creating social capital.
Past presentations include: