Finding comfort in performing under many different names , C. Gibbs ( aka Lucinda Black Bear, He Arrived By Helicopter, Motherwell Johnston, Christian Gibbs) is the primary nom de plum Gibbs returns to for releasing and performing the bulk of his creative output.
His most recent project He Arrived By Helicopter finds Gibbs foraying into instrumental compositions using instruments other than just the guitar. Primarily a guitarist, pianist, and vocalist, Gibbs took on production, engineering, and recording and played almost all of the instruments for his latest project, combining synthesizers, drums, homemade percussion, and found sound with processed guitar to arrive at his desired album as of late The Shiny Hostel ( He Arrived By Helicopter).
Gibbs past musical credits have seen him fronting the band Lucinda Black Bear which has garnered accolades for their album “ ‘Capo My Heart’ and other Bear Songs” on NPR, Paste, and WFUV. He also performed in The Broadway Rock Musical Passing Strange and the movie directed by Spike Lee of the same name. Before he was of drinking age Gibbs also had a brief stint as a lead guitarist for a “one hit wonder” 4AD English band while living in London. After an US tour and being refused admission back in the UK he moved to NYC where he started the seminal post punk rock trio Morning Glories. Gibbs then signed to Atlantic Records but kept releasing albums post Atlantic on other labels eventually starting his own Eastern Spurs Recordings which he runs to this day.
Gibbs in addition to music has dabbled as an actor or “reciter of words and pre-composed physical movements” as he prefers to call it. He has performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in The Family Album (written by Stew and Heidi Rodewald). He also performed monologues and did improvised dance and music in the Swiss Produced Love and Happiness (Gessnerrallee Theater/ Zurich, Kaserne Theater, Basel, Arsenic Theater, Lausanne) conceived by Phil Hayes and Christophe Jacquet. Gibbs is currently slated to play guitar and contribute vocals to The Good Swimmer an opera at BAM (composed by Heidi Rodewald, libretto by Donna Di Novelli, dir. Kevin Newbury) from Nov 28th – Dec 1st 2018 as part of the Next Wave festival in NYC.