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."
Representative Works: Whale Hunt Dream for solo viola and orchestra (2000) Karen Dreyfus (solo viola) Selisian Philharmonic, Jerzy Svoboda (conducting); Farewell to Wang Wei for acapella choir (2009), Portland Vocal Consort with Ryan Heller(conducting). Auto-Mobile (1981). Lynn Baker, tenor sax; Moyer, contrabass w/electonrics; Kevin Walters, percussion.
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