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Gil Selinger

Cellist, Composer, SoundPainting Conductor, Improviser. All are words which describe Gil Selinger, a musician at the forefront of 21st century music making.

As a cellist, Gil's background is in Classical, Jazz, and Free Improvisation. All of which he has merged into a style called "Classical Improvisation". As a soloist Gil has appeared with the Brooklyn Philharmonic playing "Chant Du Menestral" by Alexander Glazunov, and he has recored together with the Modern Chamber Orchestra the Haydn Cello Concerto in C major, both as written and as an improvised composition together with SoundPainting Conductor Walter Thompson. He has appeared in every major music space in New York City including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, and downtown at Tonic, the Knitting Factory and others. Gil has also appeared on tour throughout Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand.

Gil performs with many musicians such as Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, Todd Reynolds, Sonny Murray, Marilyn Crispell, Satoshi Takeishi, Anders Nilsson, Francois Grillot, Assif Tsahar, Marvin Hamlisch, Petr Kotik, Archie Shepp, Ryan Sawyer, Jessica Pavone, and more.

Gil's Compositions for chamber groups, orchestra, and cello can be heard in a variety of settings. Recently, his music appears in the feature film "Take Out" directed by Sean Baker. He also makes a small acting appearance in the film as the "Euro Guy". His music has also been used in several short films including "R" by Lukas Gahwiler (Switzerland), and "No More" directed by his sister Liv Selinger.

Gil has several working groups that he is involved in right now. A duo with Pianist Evan Mazunik, the SP4Tet a soundpainting string quartet, Mysterium an improvisational quintet with Eric Eigner, Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, and Terence Murren. And a trio with Jessica Pavone and Terence Murren. He also performs with the Walter Thompson Orchestra, and performs and conducts with the NY SoundPainting Orchestra. All of these groups have recordings in various stages of production. Additionally, he often performs with many other players in a variety of settings.

Cellist Gil Selinger was educated at Mannes College of Music (prep), Ithaca College, the Moscow Conservatory (USSR), and has had and continues to have a varitey of private teachers and/or coachings as he continues to strive for perfection in his art. Currently he is working with Pedro De Alcantara learning Alexander Technique as it is applied to cello playing, music making, and musical prosody.


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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

4/4 Tet

Peacock Recordings



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