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Gina BiverFalls Church, VA
Gina Biver is a composer of electro-acoustic music for chamber ensemble, choir, multimedia, dance, and film. Finding inspiration in spoken word and in the visual arena, she continually collaborates with visual artists, kinetic sculptors, choreographers, and video and media artists.
Her deep musical world contains the struggle and push/pull between pulse and lack of pulse, electronics and acoustics, words and lines, shadow and light, form and freedom.
Upon completing her undergraduate at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Gina began performing as lead guitarist/songwriter in New York, Boston, and other cities in the Northeast. She recorded her music at Electric Lady Studios and has appeared in Kerrang! Guitar World, Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazines and others. Gina recently performed with the National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble in the atrium of the National Gallery East Wing as part of the John Cage Centennial, and as electric guitarist with the National Gallery of Art Modern Music Ensemble at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC as part of the Andy Warhol: Headlines exhibit.
She has scored music for television and film, where she has won Cine Golden Eagle, Tele, and International Television and Video (ITVA) Awards. She has recently scored several several independent art films.
Gina’s most influential composition teacher was Steve Antosca, with whom she studied while completing her graduate studies at George Mason University. Gina has been awarded composer grants from The American Music Center and the American Composers Forum, Strauss Fellowship Grants from the Arts Council of Fairfax County and has been a fellow at the Virginia Community for the Creative Arts (VCCA). Her electronic composition Skating Still was chosen for the International 60X60 Project and was performed in New York, Sydney Australia and across Europe and Canada. Her work on Temporal Interference, a multimedia project in collaboration with new media artist Bryan Leister and choreographer Jane Franklin was performed in Washington D.C., Denver, Colorado and Puebla, Mexico. Recent premieres include The Cellar Door, for piano, cello and multi-channel audio, performed by Washington’s renowned Verge Ensemble. Mirror, for piano, violin and spoken word (2012), based on a poem by Colette Inez, was performed at The Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, NY and at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. In June of 2016 her piece The Cellar Door was performed at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), and We Meet Ourselves for marimba and triggered audio was premiered by percussionist Scott Deal at The Firehouse Space in Brooklyn in 2016. In August, 2018, Fuse Ensemble released Fuse Ensemble 3, The Music of Gina Biver on Ravello Records.
She is the founder and director of Fuse Ensemble, an electroacoustic ensemble based near Washington DC. The ensemble premieres new music each year, fusing live music performance, video and live kinetic art installations to create engaging, multifaceted happenings. Fuse has has given performances and premieres of several living composers from South America, Europe and the United States, with a special emphasis on the work of female composers. In 2019, the ensemble will perform works by Caroline Shaw, Alexis Bacon, Marc Mellits and Gina Biver, with poetry by Colette Inez. www.fuse-ensemble.com
Gina lives in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband, Steven Biver, a photographer, filmmaker and author, their three children, and a great big cat named Tiny.
Alex Bourne, Parma Recordings, Letter of Recommendation
This is a letter of recommendation from Alex Bourne, A&R Representative, Parma Recordings, in support of this exciting new project.