|| Jackie Gabel
| born 1949 |
| "...Gabel's appealing work sounded like no one else's...
a unique and valuable Northwest voice."
-- Brett Campbell, Eugene Weekly |
| Jack Gabel
presently lives in Portland,
Oregon. He has travelled
Europe, Africa and Asia and
worked many summers
as a commercial fisherman
in Alaska. |
| Jack Gabel has written
numerous concert hall works for many different
combinations of instruments and voices, with and without
electroacoustic accompaniments and/or enhancements.
He also creates mixed-media works alone and with collabor-
ators, using musique concrete and poetry, frequently his
own, some of which has been published apart from its use
in contemporary performance pieces and more
traditional settings for singers.
| Though classically trained with composers Derek Healey,
Tomas Svoboda and poet Ralph Salisbury, Gabel recounts
as his most memorable musical experience, the impromptu
jam session he had with an Afghan tribesman in a Herat
tea house in 1972 -- the composer on mouth organ and
the local talent holding forth on his handmade, rough-hewn,
3-string lute. The two miraculously found a common
modality straight away and carried on for several hours.
"No concert-hall premiere or recording session can to date
compare," adds the composer, "nor likely ever will."
| Today, Gabel's work is infused with widely varied ethnic and
ancient colors and motives, most notably those of the
ancient, native cultures of North America.
| http://www.northpacificmusic.com/Gabel.html ||