Amos Gillespie’s music has been heard on WFMT in Chicago, WQXR in New York City and PBS. His music spans a wide range of genres including chamber and orchestra concert music, jazz, as well as music for film, theater and dance. He has been commissioned and performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Eclipse Theater, Attacca Woodwind Quintet, Chicago Q Ensemble, Kaia String Quartet, Access Contemporary Music and the Chicago Composers Orchestra among others. Amos’ music has been heard at venues and Festivals around the world including the Preston Bradley Hall Sunday Salon Series, Illinois Musicians Festival at Grant Park, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Old Synagogue chamber music series in Mainz Germany, Music Institute of Chicago and the Green Mill among others.
Amos has received special recognition and finalist awards from ASCAP, the League of Composers (ISCM), American Prize, Columbia Orchestra and the MacArthur Foundation, and has won numerous grants including the IAS professional development grant (2013, 2016) through the Illinois Arts Council as well as a Lucerne fellowship through Northwestern University and the Swiss Benevolent Society.
Amos was recently awarded a 2016 Chicago DCASE Individual Artist Support grant for his new musical revue The Squeeze. It’s a one hour show based on the middle class financial squeeze, where wage raises haven’t matched inflation in decades. It’s a trend being fought by senator Bernie Sanders among others. Also, music Amos wrote for 1001 Afternoons in Chicago: A Radio Play was recently performed in Kerry Frumkin’s Live from WFMT by the Palomar Ensemble and Strawdog Theatre, and David Less’s documentary on the same piece was recently featured on PBS.
As a saxophonist Amos has performed with New Millennium Orchestra, Access Contemporary Music (ACM) and the Hard Art Groop among others. He has taught music theory at Chicago State University and the Peoples Music School. He received a Master’s degree in composition from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and a Bachelor’s in Saxophone performance from Northern Arizona University.