Phillip Bimstein

Described by Outside Magazine as “America's only all-natural politician-composer,” Phillip Bimstein is an Emmy Award-winning composer, former Chicago punk rocker and mayor of Springdale, Utah.

During his two terms, Springdale earned awards for preserving its small-town character in the face of enormous growth pressures. In “The Man Who Brought Civility Back to Town,” Parade Magazine portrayed Mayor Bimstein’s successful efforts to create harmony in his previously discordant community. Creating harmony is a way of life for this former mayor, for he also composes popular songs and classical music that includes sampled and orchestrated natural sounds from his environment, such as frogs, crickets and coyotes. Bimstein’s compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Spoleto and Aspen Music Festivals, London's Royal Opera House, and on NPR and MTV.

Bimstein’s alternative classical CDs have garnered rave reviews internationally in Stereo Review, Wired, Fanfare, Stereophile, Schwann Opus, and this from The New York Times: "the irresistible charm of Mr. Bimstein’s music has less to do with technology than with his uncanny knack for finding the music of everyday life." He also composes history-based community-celebrating song cycles for his chamber folk ensemble, Red Rock Rondo.

Bimstein served as chair of Utah Humanities and vice-president of the American Music Center in New York. He currently teaches “Composing a Community” (which explores music, dialogue and community) at the University of Utah. Bimstein writes, “In Navajo legend a songdog (a coyote) sang the world into existence. My goal is to help students spark that ability and become conscious and intentional co-creators—songdogs—singing ourselves and our communities into existence.”

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