Gina Biver, Composer | www.ginabiver.com
Gina Biver is a composer, guitarist, vocalist, and producer based in the Washington DC area. She composes electroacoustic music for chamber ensemble, choirs, dance, multimedia, and film. Her work is inspired by the written word and by visual art, both static and moving. Her life and her work involve collaborations with other musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, poets, computer artists, sculptors, painters, and video artists.
Gina’s music contains a sense of rebelliousness - an auditory democracy where it’s anyone’s guess who wins. Her constant need to create and interpret the world around her in musical terms pushes her forward, beyond her everyday life and into a rich internal existence. 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. She has recorded at Electric Lady Studios and has appeared in Kerrang!, Guitar World, Guitar for the Practicing Musician, and Rock Scene Magazine. Gina studied composition with Steve Antosca, and completed her Masters in Music with a Concentration in Composition at George Mason University.
She has been awarded composer grants from The American Music Center and the American Composers Forum, 2010 Strauss Fellowship Grant and 2014 Strauss Individual Artist Grant from the Arts Council of Fairfax County. She has been several times a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). Since 1991, 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 worked with video artists Adam Kendall, Edgar Endress and Brian Leister and is currently working with visual artist Ethan Jackson. She is the composer of Matching Sweaters Productions, a creative collective that produces short art films. Their work has been presented at numerous film festivals.
Recent premieres include Nightingale, for SATB Choir and mixed ensemble (2016) at the Highland Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC, The Cellar Door, (2011), for piano, cello and multi-channel audio, premiered by Washington’s renowned Verge Ensemble in April of 2011 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Mirror, for piano, violin and spoken word (2012), based on a poem by Colette Inez, was premiered at The Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, NY in June of 2012. Her composition Girl, Walking, for electric guitar, flute, contrabass and found percussion, and a multimedia collaboration with artist Edgar Endress entitled Media Vomit were premiered at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC in 2014.
Upcoming premieres include her work Nimbus (for chamber ensemble, voice and spoken word), a collaboration with poetess Colette Inez and visual artist Ethan Jackson that will be performed by Fuse Ensemble.
For ten years, Gina has been the Composer and Director of Fuse Ensemble, a new music/new media ensemble based in Washington DC. The ensemble premieres new music by living composers each year, fusing live music performance, video and kinetic art installations to create engaging, multifaceted happenings in concert halls, clubs and galleries. Fuse Ensemble has performed at Indiana University’s Intermedia Festival, the Kennedy Center’s Crosscurrents New Music Festival, Wooly Mammoth Theater, Andrea Clearfield’s Salon in Philadelphia, the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, NY, and UMBC’s Livewire4 New Music Festival in Baltimore and the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington DC and at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. Gina lives just outside of Washington, DC in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband, Steven Biver, a photographer, filmmaker and author. They have three kids and a big cat named Tiny.
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