Jon Gibson (musician)

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This article is about the minimalist musician. For the Christian musician, see Jon Gibson (Christian musician).

Jon Gibson (b. March 11, 1940) is a flautist, saxophonist, and composer.


Gibson studied at Sacramento State University and with Henry Onderdonk and Wayne Peterson at San Francisco State University, where he earned a BA in 1964. His earliest work as an improviser and composer also dates from around this time, when he performed in the New Music Ensemble with composers Larry Austin, Richard Swift, and Stanley Lunetta (Strickland 2001).


Gibson uses various instruments from around the world in his performances of jazz and classical.

He was a founding member and performer with the Philip Glass Ensemble. Gibson has performed in the premier of In C by Terry Riley, and Drumming by Steve Reich, as well as Reich's 1967 composition Reed Phase, which Reich wrote especially for him (Strickland 2001).

He has also performed and recorded with other composers, some of them minimalists, including Christian Wolff, David Behrman, Harold Budd, Alvin Curran and Frederic Rzewski (Strickland 2001).


  • Strickland, Edward. 2001. "Gibson, Jon (Charles)". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers.

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