Gilbert Isbin is one of the most interesting, dynamic and poetic composers writing for guitars and lutes today‘ (Rob MacKillop)

His latest project is a CD with lute songs based on poetry of good friends of him and performed by Stathis Skandalidis and Mattias Pavlous.

Gilbert Isbin’s compositional and performing style defies genre, blending elements of contemporary classical, jazz, early music, world music and improvisation. He has been compared favourably to the likes of Ralph Towner and Egberto Gismonti, his music described as “oblique, subtle, and hauntingly beautiful”

Lots of ideas come to him from daily life, hearing and reading what happens in the world today ( for instance I wrote now 7 Peace Pieces for lute solo, my contribution to Peace), family things, observations and thoughts during walking, a conversation, a meeting, a thought, a reflection, watching a film, a documentary that moves him deeply…  Read more



Gilbert Isbin 13 Questions

Gilbert Isbin

I always followed my own path.

I composed, performed and recorded the music that I personally liked.

Never did concessions.

And that’s fair enough for me.

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Isbin Trio

A musical meeting of Worldmusic, Early Music, Folk and JazzIntense, lyrical, poetic, melodical and accessible and often surprisingly dynamic, imaginative, exotic …  Read more

A composition by Walter De Buck – By the Isbin Trio
Gilbert Isbin, lute, Xavier Rau, upright bass, Peter Vangheluwe, percussion

Gilbert Isbin / Scott Walton

With their CD, ‘Recall‘, Gilbert Isbin and Scott Walton premier an innovative genre–defying collaboration, pairing lute and contrabass in a duo that references progressivejazz, classical avant-garde and Renaissance chambermusic. Read more

 Gilbert Isbin / Iain Cameron

Adventurous music that references contemporary jazz, classical avant-garde,
chamber music, avant-rock,… For Digital Horn, synthesizers and midi guitar. Read more


Videos by Didier Eeckhout using a Gilbert Isbin/Iain Cameron music:
Nostalgic Bruges, In Bruges Street Animation, A Walk In Bruges On A Sunny Day, Kasteel De La Faille, Visit To Occupy,Across Bruges,Brugge Die Scone ,Moove,The Way Has Become Shorter,Moments And Places,Solitary Places,Spring Is In The Air,Spring,Eeckhoutian Film,Promenating In A ‘Destitute Ghent, Migration, Bruges, A Photo Essay, A Street View

Martin Burke & Gilbert Isbin

‘Arabesque’ a poem by Martin Burke & ‘3 Movements’comprovisations for Lute & Loops by Gilbert Isbin