Geoff Gersh is a New York based guitarist/composer who explores the sonic boundaries of the electric guitar with and without the aide of electronic devices and found objects to produce sounds normally not associated with the guitar. He works with choreographers, film makers, and various bands in and around the NYC area. He has composed music for choreographers Lawrence Goldhuber, Cynthia Oliver, Karen Graham, Anabella Lenzu, Robert La Fosse, Benoit-Swan Pouffer and has an ongoing collaboration with painter David Stoupakis.
His electro-acoustic improvisation quartet, Lumendog, provided music for video artist Eve Sussman’s latest project White On White.
Geoff worked with composer Jonathan Bepler in 2005 as a multi-instrumental performer for Eve Sussman’s video-opera, The Rape of the Sabine Women, which premiered in NYC in February 2007. He worked with Bepler again on artist Matthew Barney’s piece, Guardian of the Veil, in which he performed at Barney’s Workspace in Long Island City in 2007 and again in 2009 as part of Art Basel’s Il Tempo Del Postino.
In 2006, Geoff performed in Glenn Branca’s Symphony No. 13 (Hallucination City) for 100 guitars that took place at Montclair State College, NJ. In 2009, he performed in Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park.
Geoff has been playing the electric zither in the Off-Broadway show Blue Man Group since 1998. He has released three CDs on the Deep Listening Institute label and has received grants from the American Music Center, Meet the Composer, and an SOS Grant from NYFA. He was awarded a New York Dance & Performance Award (Bessie) in 2000. At 14 Wall Street’s lower vault, Geoff will compose a piece for 6 electric guitars that will played by bowing the strings with metal files. The guitarists will be set up in a circular fashion to help facilitate physical movement of sound throughout the space and around the audience.
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