Born: March 16, 1959 Primary Instrument: Bass
Bassist/composer/producer John Lindberg embarked on his professional career in 1975 at the age of sixteen. After having toured America working as a bassist in a variety of musical genres, he arrived in New York in 1977 and immersed himself in the world of jazz and improvised music, while pursuing private bass studies with Dr. David Izenzon and Dave Holland.
In the same year he co-founded the String Trio of New York, a composers collective performance unit that has produced fifteen recordings and presented hundreds of concerts worldwide, and which is now celebrating its 30th anniversary season.
In 1979 he formed his first ensemble dedicated to the performance of his compositions, and since has made more than two dozen recordings that feature his works, under his name. In all there are over eighty original pieces that have been recorded to date, some repeatedly in various versions. His ensembles and duo collaborations have performed throughout Europe, North and South America, East Asia and the Middle East.
As a bassist he has appeared on over sixty discs, including landmark recordings with Anthony Braxton, Jimmy Lyons, Steve Lacy, and Tony Coe, among others. Currently he is active composing for, performing and recording with his various ensemble projects, as a solo bassist, and with the String Trio of New York, while being actively involved in teaching through the giving of workshops and lecture/demonstrations on composition, improvisation, and bass and ensemble performance in diverse educational settings. His course Words and Sounds (connecting literature and music) has been widely taught at colleges and universities. Additionally, with the String Trio of New York, he has created the innovative Human Residency, linking musical creation with a variety of the humanities.
Commissions of his work include those from: Meet The Composer's Commissioning Music/USA Program (2005) for a new mixed quartet work for the John Lindberg/Kevin Norton Quartet Chamber Music America's New Works for Five Rays of Light (2006) for quartet Wiener Musik Galerie for Ruminations upon Ives and Gottschalk (2001) for quartet Commissioning Music/USA for Nature, Time, Patience (1999) for string trio The New York Chamber Ensemble for Groundings (1997) for seventeen instrumentalists Bermuda Triangle for The Terrace (1993) for voice, piano, bass trio Watson/Lindberg duo through Meet The Composer for Pluckin’ - A Tribute to Pops Foster (1991) for piano, bass duo The Pittsburgh New music Ensemble for Encounters (1989) for seventeen instrumentalists String Trio of New York through Meet The composer for Middle Eastern Essay (1988) for string trio Arts Council of Orange County for Hudson Valley Ruminations (1987) for eleven instrumentalists West Deutsch Radio Koln for The Arrival (1986) for string quintet Fellowships include those from: New York Foundation for the Arts - music composition (1998 and 1990) Arts International Collaborative Works, compositions for basses (1992) National Endowment for the Arts - jazz performance (1988) Recent awards in support of his work have come from: Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust Recording Program (2000, 1996, 1994, 1992) Diploma de Honor - Gobernacion de Cordillera, Chile (1995) Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording (1994) Fund for US Artists at International Festivals (1990-97) ASCAP Special Awards (1984 - 2007) Recent major performances include: Palazzo Cittanova, Cremona; Tampere Jazz Happening, Finland; Herbst Theater, San Francisco, Lincoln Center, New York; Mardel Jazz Festival, Buenos Aires; Opera de Lyon, France; Theater Kunstlerhaus, Wien.