Gilbert Isbin is a composer, improviser, guitarist and lutenist, residing in Brugge, Belgium.
Hailed as “one of the most enthralling avant-classicists around” (Musings.com), and lauded for his ingenuity, finesse and masterful technique” (All About Jazz), Isbin has been compared to Ralph Towner, Egberto Gismonti (Guitar Player), and John Fahey (All About Jazz).
He performs regularly as a soloist and with groups he co-leads, often performing his original music. His compositional and performing style defies genre, blending elements of modern jazz, contemporary classical musci and improvisation
As a leader and co‐leader, he has recorded more than 20 albums and has performed in festivals and major venues throughout Europe and the US with bassists Scott Walton, Cameron Brown, Joe Fonda, Hugh Hopper; celloplayers Ernst Reijseger, Jan Kuijken; violinist Jeff Gauthier; percussionists/drummers Chris Joris, Jatinder Thakur, Balazs Major, Wolfgang Reisinger, Geert Verbeke; reedplayers Vinny Golia, Michel Godard, John Ruocco, Andre Goudbeek, Iain Cameron, Luiz Marquez; singers Jaap Blonk, Muriel Batbie Castell; gurdy gurdyplayer Iep Fourier; pianist Rudy de Sutter, guitarists Sandro Di Stefano, Sandor Szabo, Rich Lasner, Bruce Arnold, Kevin Kastning, Christian Vasseur, luteplayer Lieven Misschaert, among others.
His compositions, appr. 200 thus far, are published by Berben Ediziones Musicales, The UK Lute Society, Lantro Music, Golden River Music, Kameleon Editions and Auurk Ed. They have been performed by a.o. the guitarquartet Four Times A Lady, Quartetto Chitarristico Italiano, the Spectra Ensemble, De Camer van Musiecke, lutenists Stuart Walsh,(UK), Andrés Bonilla (Argentina), Hideki Amaya (USA), singers Muriel Batbie Castell, Rafael Montero