Jon Gibson, a multi-instrumentalist and founding musician in the Philip Glass Ensemble, has died after battling recent health problems. Glass confirmed the news on social media. Jon Gibson was 80 years old.
Gibson was an early adopter of minimalism, which drove his work his work as a composer and woodwinds performer beginning in the early 1960s. He performed in the premieres of Terry Riley’s In C in 1964 and Steve Reich’s Drumming in the early 1970s. Prior to that, Reich had written his 1966 work Reed Phase for Gibson.