All of us at AcquaTroupe and World Oceans Arts want to express our great concern and solidarity with everyone who is suffering in any way during the coronavirus pandemic. We strongly urge you to follow all official and suggested response measures including staying home as much as you can, postponing non-urgent visits to health care facilities, washing your hands after you go anywhere or see anyone, and directing your prayers/communications/psychic energy toward those who are suffering greatly in this crisis.
*Important: A majority of World Oceans Arts and AcquaTroupe artists and projects are in the southeastern United States. Some of us on the top staff feel that the announced re-opening of businesses in some of these states this week is extremely ill-advised and reckless. Medical communities in these states emphasize that testing for covid19 is nowhere near being available widely, nor are hospitals, emergency services and others anywhere near ready to deal with an upsurge in the virus. This upsurge is virtually guaranteed unless a miracle happens in the next few days.
We strongly urge everyone associated with us, and everyone who follows or supports us, to protest this dangerous decision, to pressure government officials to reverse course....and we urge you to continue staying home, painful though that may be, and to avoid patronizing any sort of location where you will be in close proximity to other people. Based on the number of people we have seen around Atlanta who are not covering their faces and not staying away from close contact with others, we fear that we are all headed for a potential disaster of unparalleled proportions.
We care about you.....please take action, and please follow the guidelines of the medical experts and the more cautious voices in our governments.
--James Gibson, Owner of AcquaTroupe and World Oceans Arts
In light of live entertainment ceasing around the world, one of our partners, AcquaTroupe, have put together a little "Quarantine Miniconcert" for our fans. It highlights the works of some of our performers and the works of James and another one our partners, World Ocean Arts. We hope it takes your mind off everything, at least for a little while.
Dr. James Gibson is one of the most prolific musicians in the world today. He has composed nearly 300 classical works in addition to many folk-rock, jazz, country and theatrical songs and piano pieces. His diverse performing career includes about 2000 appearances as a pianist, conductor, singer, actor, and public speaker. When asked what he is passionate about, he might say "98 percent of everything in the universe".
Indeed, his music has many sources of inspiration. Some favorites include bird song, geography, spirituality, poetry, and the connectivity of all life forms. He claims no one style and acknowledges that his compositions are variously reminiscent of many composers, or none at all. "I don't think too much about style or rules, or the influence of other composers" he says. "I just write down the music which is always swirling in my brain." A complete list of his classical pieces is found on the Compositions page of this site.
Education and constant learning have been among the great joys of James Gibson's life. He earned music degrees from the Universities of Michigan and Maryland, and Cornell University. He taught at Cornell, the University of Maine at Fort Kent, and Penn State-Hazleton before retiring to devote himself to composing, performing, writing and teaching privately. In recent years he has been a founding director of two performance-production groups, World Oceans Arts and AcquaTroupe.
Dr. Gibson is a champion of living composers and of artists struggling to build a career. He is dedicated to helping bring music and other arts to audiences and individuals who may not have easy access to performances or recordings. The blog page on this site provides details and updates about his current efforts in that regard.
If you would like to contact James Gibson, feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org