Phil Acimovic is a composer and gamelan musician from Easthampton, MA. His music is quiet and spacious, with flexibile performance elements. He recently completed a set of solo instrumental works inspired by abstract visual artists. Acimovic studied composition with Kurt Rohde, Sam Nichols, John McDonald, Ken Steen, and David Macbride. He is currently a Lecturer in Music at Smith College in Northampton, MA.
In 2018 he served as the first Artist-In-Residence at the Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in northern Vermont. His works have been performed by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble, Chris Froh, and John McDonald. Acimovic’s music has been featured at various summer festivals, including June in Buffalo, New Music on the Point, SICPP, and the Revision/s Festival.
Acimovic studied Javanese Gamelan in Central Java with Bp. Wakidi Dwidjomartono and Bp. Darsono Hadiraharjo and has worked closely with Bp. Midiyanto and Barry Drummond. In 2018 he conceived and managed a tour of a gamelan gadhon troupe from Surakarta, Java, performing at eleven institutions across the U.S. He directs the Smith College Gamelan Ensemble, the Yale University Gamelan Ensemble, and is a longtime member of Gamelan Laras Tentrem. He served as editor for a book of gamelan scores as part of the Lontar Foundation's Wayang Educational package.