Jerry Gerber has written orchestral and chamber music, songs, piano music, vocal music and music for electronic instruments. He has composed for film, concerts, dance and interactive media, and wrote all of the original music for the remaking of the popular children's television show, The Adventures of Gumby, now airing daily throughout the United States on Nickelodeon.
He was born in Los Angeles in 1951, began his musical studies at the age of nine, and received his Bachelor of Music in composition and classical music theory from San Francisco State University in 1982. He has studied with Wayne Peterson (Pulitzer Prize), Alex Post, David Ahlstrom, Matt Doran, and other composers and musicians in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Jerry has been a guest lecturer at Western Public Radio, Film Arts Foundation, Sacramento State University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He has written and produced music for many projects including Loom, a Lucasfilm computer game and audio drama, the Concerto for Flute and Digital Ensemble which was commissioned for and premiered at the Sacramento New American Music Festival in November 1989, and the Gumby feature film, released in May of 1995. Soundtrack and computer game music work subsided in 1996 and Jerry began to focus on long-form composition, CD production and teaching.
For the past ten years he has concentrated on writing and producing for the virtual orchestra. In 2001 he produced his 6th CD and in 2002 released Moon Festival.
In May of 2003 The Art of MIDI Sequencing was released and is Jerry's 7th CD. In November 2004 he released In Praise of Poets, a collection of twelve new songs. Reviews of his work are at Classical Net and articles about his work have appeared in Electronic Musician, Keyboard and Virtual Instruments magazines. Time Shadows, Jerry Gerber's 9th CD, was released in August of 2007. He recently completed his newest recording, Waves, and is currently working on his 7th symphonic work for the virtual orchestra.
Jerry Gerber has recorded with musicians Tim Day and Karen Bentley, and singers Katy Stephan, Dale Tracy, and Janet Campbell. His music is eclectic and melodic, with dynamic electronic textures as well as sampled instruments and voices. He has been exploring the world of MIDI sequencing since 1982 and owns and manages an electronic music studio. When he is not composing he enjoys doing photography. His other interests include meditation, chess, astronomy/cosmology and reading.