Gill Civil, a New Zealand composer/pianist now based on the Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada, has long been inspiring professional dancers and ballet students alike with her energy infused piano music. She has worked for major dance companies in Australasia and Canada and during the eighties was a full-time accompanist at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. Before moving to Canada in 1990, Gill recorded and toured with several bands - including the renowned pop band Crowded House, in which she played keyboards on their 1986 Australian tour. Gill has also composed music for many different mediums including major works for Australian dance companies, film scores and orchestral pieces. Between 2009 and 2012 her song Isol, originally composed for her alternative band Marie and the Atom, was featured as the title music for a Television New Zealand series called The Good Word. A classically trained pianist, Gill is a prolific composer of solo piano music. Her "Dancing Keys" CDs have found an international audience with ballet and modern dancers as well as fans of New Age music. Gill currently works as a dance accompanist for Arts Umbrella,Simon Fraser University,Ballet BC and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Vancouver, BC.
Gill Civil has played for the following Dance Schools and Companies:
Limbs Dance Company
The New Zealand Ballet Company
Victorian College of the Arts
Australian Ballet School
National Theatre Ballet School
The Australian Ballet Company
The Sydney Dance Company
The Australian Dance Theatre
Ballet British Columbia
Karen Jamieson Dance Company
Judith Marcuse Dance Company
Simon Fraser University
Arts Umbrella (Vancouver)
The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby)
Dancing Keys – iTunes Instant Download
This inspiring and engaging collection of 28 original
piano pieces specifically designed for the ballet class
is suitable for all ages and levels.
|Dancing Keys 2 – iTunes Instant Download |
More unique original piano music for dance classes, with styles ranging from baroque to contemporary, suited for open classes for all ages and levels. There are 24 original selections, plus 13 bonus tracks with alternative tempi and durations.
|Dancing Keys 3 – iTunes Instant Download|
While having a distinctly modern edge, the music evokes the era of the Titanic - of British voyagers travelling to the South Seas. Here are some of the titles - Tall Ships, Tightrope Walker, Distant Shores, Jubilee Stride, Whirligig etc... There are 43 tracks, including 13 bonus pieces with varying tempi and durations.
Samples of Compositions by Gill Civil
Barcarolle or ("The Grumpy Gondolier") is an adage from DANCING KEYS - music for the ballet class composed by Gill Civil.
Cascades is the music for pliés from DANCING KEYS - music for the ballet class CD composed by Gill Civil.