Phillip Bimstein uses the voices, natural sounds and culture of his adopted home in his compositions, and he practices politics with music in mind.

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Phillip’s alternative classical compositions have been performed by soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Abravanel Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Spoleto and Aspen Music Festivals, London’s Royal Opera House, and on National Public Radio.

Phillip’s most 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 many others. His compositions have been reviewed in the Washington Post, Stereo Review, Billboard, Wired and The New York Times.


As a songwriter and performer, Phillip’s 80s new wave band, Phil ‘n’ the Blanks released albums, singles and videos which garnered national airplay and broadcast on MTV. More recently, his chamber folk group Red Rock Rondo released two albums and an award-winning documentary about his Zion Canyon Song Cycle.


Phillip designs and teaches unique arts & humanities courses in the University of Utah’s Honors College. He also periodically offers public courses such as The Art of Mindfulness and Radical Quiet.


Phillip speaks to conferences, conventions, schools and universities on topics such as creativity, music, mindfulness, kindness, radical quiet, community-building, civic dialogue, and participatory democracy. He recently gave a TEDx Talk: “How to Practice Politics with Music in Mind.”.