NYsoundCircuit is a multimedia salon series showcasing various arts disciplines and bringing their audiences together in an engaging environment for a full evening of works by contemporary artists.

NYsoundCircuit brings you a continuous musical and visual experience of alternating live instrumentalists, singers, electronic music artists, visual artists, and more that are propulsive, engaging, and experimental. By providing a relaxed and sonically charged atmosphere, NYsoundCircuit gives you the new and daring on your own terms for a completely unfiltered experience.

At NYsoundCircuit, we believe in the integrated experience of art in the 21st century. The mission of NYsoundCircuit is to bring admirers of various artistic disciplines together providing more exposure to those disciplines and their artists, to foster new collaborations, to provide creative and social opportunities for artists who may not have opportunities otherwise, and to provide new communities of artistic experience and development. These sorts of encounters not only help enrich an artist’s livelihood and work, or the audience’s diet of experience, but the greater community and region as a whole.

The Brecht Forum, April 2011      Book of Roses and Memory   (2004) by Francis White (YouTube)   Liuh-wen Ting,   viola  ; Ryan MacGavin,   narrator

The Brecht Forum, April 2011
Book of Roses and Memory (2004) by Francis White (YouTube)
Liuh-wen Ting, viola; Ryan MacGavin, narrator


The Producers

GILBERT GALINDO, co-founder & Producer

Gilbert Galindo is a composer, music engraver, concert producer, and DJ who also has experience in music administration and teaching in NYC public schools. Ever since high school, Gilbert has produced concerts in some form or another, always looking to create opportunities for musicians to showcase their music to new audiences. Gilbert believes strongly in the value contemporary concert music provides society, and as a curator, he feels right at home with NYsoundCircuit. For more information about Gilbert, visit www.gilbertgalindo.com.

Ryan macgavin, co-founder & Producer

Ryan MacGavin has been producing concerts and multimedia events in New York City for ten years. He has worked for American Composers Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He has also assisted in productions by Stamford Symphony Orchestra, and during their visits to Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and Dresden State Symphony. Ryan has been dedicating to fostering the work of young professional composers through his organization NYsoundCircuit, and has provided pro bono services to the United Nations for diplomatic events. 

As a composer, Ryan’s works for solo and chamber ensembles have been performed in New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Angeles and, internationally, in China and Japan.

Ryan has supported musicians of the Marlboro Music Festival and School, in Marlboro, VT, as well as the young musicians of the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall. Also with NYSOS, Ryan has often provided mentorship to their management interns, giving insight to the arts administration field and preparing those young professionals to become responsible and caring administrators as their careers evolve.

Ryan is a lapsed trumpeter attended University of Montana (Missoula, MT) and Northwestern University (Chicago, IL) where he was a student of Augusta Read Thomas, Jay Alan Yim, and Jason Eckhart. 

Ian shafer, MUSIC DIRECTOR & Co-Producer

Ian Shafer is a New York based conductor who is in high demand. He repertory spans a wide range from the Baroque to the Avant-garde. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and served as Cover Conductor for JoAnn Falletta with the New Jersey Symphony. He is currently the Music Director of “Resonant Refractions” an ensemble dedicated to the works of today and serves on the curatorial staff for the NYSoundCircuit, which promotes the works of living composers. He has given operatic performances as the Music Director of the Christman Opera Company, and has independently commissioned and/or premiered nearly thirty works since 2009. For the past five seasons has been the Assistant Conductor of the Queer Urban Orchestra in Chelsea. In addition to his guest appearance with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, he will appear with the New School Community Orchestra and the with NMEA All-County Orchestra.

Mr. Shafer has deep commitment to education and has worked with several youth orchestra programs. Most recently, he was the Music Director at the 2019 NYC High School Honors Music Festival. He founded and led the Greater Philadelphia Honors Orchestra and the Crescendo Chamber Music Camp (PA) for six seasons; was a guest conductor with Young Artist’s Philharmonic of Connecticut; and the Assistant Conductor of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra. Since 2013, Mr. Shafer has been a faculty teaching artist at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege.

As an oboist, he has extensive experience in opera, broadway, and orchestral performance. He has also given several world-premiere performances in New York including a recital at Carnegie Hall at which he premiered “Locales”–a work that he commissioned from Mohammed Fairouz; “Elegy and Impromptu”, also written on commission by James Adler; “Langanaich-Taragto”; a seven-minute improvised solo to Elizabeth Hoffman’s digital score, which later expanded to “Improvisational Spirals” for oboe, dancer, and DJ premiered at the DiMenna Center for the NYSoundCircuit. Mr. Shafer was honored to play by invitation for the delegates of the United Nations at two “Concerts for Peace”. He is a Decapo Recording Artist where he can be heard as the soloist for “Layers of Earth”, by Lars Graugaard.

He holds degrees in composition, oboe performance and conducting from Oberlin, NYU and Mannes College respectively.