Phil Acimovic is a composer and gamelan musician from Easthampton, MA. He writes quiet, austere music for solo and chamber ensembles. He recently completed a set of solo instrumental works, inspired by abstract visual artists, and influenced by the disquietude of the Covid pandemic. Acimovic studied composition with Kurt Rohde, Sam Nichols, John McDonald, Ken Steen, and David Macbride.
In 2018 he served as 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 new music festivals such as June in Buffalo, New Music on the Point, SICPP, the Revision/s Festival.
Acimovic studied Javanese Gamelan for two years in Central Java. His main teachers are Bp. Wakidi Dwidjomartono and Bp. Darsono Hadiraharjo. In 2018 he organized and managed a tour of a gamelan gadhon troupe from Java, giving concerts at 11 institutions across the U.S. He is a member of Gamelan Laras Tentrem and regularly performs with gamelan groups across the northeast U.S. He has directed gamelan ensembles at Smith College, Tufts University, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and the Mynah Music School.