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 Cameron Brown, Joe Fonda, Scott Walton, Jeff Gauthier, Vinny Golia, Ernst Reijseger, Iep Fourier, Michel Godard, Jatinder Thakur, Hugh Hopper, Wolfgang Reisinger, John Ruocco, Andre Goudbeek, Jaap Blonk, Geert Verbeke, Sandro Di Stefano, Sandor Szabo, Balazs Major, Chris Joris, Bruce Arnold, Christian Vasseur, Iain Cameron, Lieven Misschaert and Kevin Kastning, among others.
His current porjects : as a solo lutenist or in duo with Scott Walton (lute and bass), with Kevin Kastning (lute and alto guitar), with Iain Cameron,
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).