Robert J. Gluck

Scholar and performer of modern jazz and electronic music history and practice

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Robert J. Gluck

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Music and Theatre

Jazz performance; jazz history; electronic music; electroacoustic music; interactivity in the arts; multimedia installation art; Judaism; Jewish religion, Jewish music, Jewish history

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Bob Gluck, a music professor, is a composer and performer for piano and electronics, crossing boundaries between jazz and electroacoustic music traditions. His scholarly work traces cultural issues within modern jazz and within an international history of electronic music. Gluck's work also explores ways to situate human music within a broader context of the sonic expression of animal species.

Gluck studied at the Julliard, Manhattan and Crane schools of music, and he holds degrees from the University at Albany, Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

He is author of “You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band” (2012) and “The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles” (2016), both published by University of Chicago Press.

The most recent of his ten recordings are “Bob Gluck and Tani Tabbal, Duets (Ictus Records, 2017), and “Infinite Spirit: Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band,” with Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson & Chris Sullivan (FMR Records, 2016).