The acoustic/electronic duo that goes by the moniker Mono/Poly is made up of Geoff Deibel and Nate Bliton. Geoff Deibel, is a native of Washington, D.C. and has emerged as one of the most promising voices for the saxophone and contemporary music. Deibel has degrees in both History and Music from Northwestern University, and obtained his doctoral degree from Michigan State University. A man of many hats, Deibel maintains a varied and multi-faceted music career as performer, teacher, and researcher. He has performed as a soloist as well as chamber musician, and his work has taken him all over the United States as well as the rest of the world, from performing at the International Iannis Xanakis Festival in Athens, Greece to the XV World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. Most recently, he has been a regularly featured guest artist at the Drake University New Music Series and Chamber Music Midwest.
When he isn’t traveling as a soloist, performing with Mono/Poly, or commissioning new works by up and coming young composers, Deibel is a member of the critically acclaimed h2 quartet, first prize winners at the Fischoff Competition as well as recent recipients of an Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant. Deibel is currently teaching at the University of Florida as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Music.
The other half of this dynamic music duo, Nate Bliton, is a recent Composition graduate from Michigan State University’s College of Music and a multi-instrumentalist adept at playing the Viola, Violin, Piano, Accordion, Mandola, Guitar, Bass, Drums, as well as handmade electronic instruments. His compositions have been played at conferences in Georgia and Mississippi, and he was recently recognized as a featured artist on the Drake University New Music Series. Outside of his instrumental abilities, Bliton is extremely interested in the exploration of electronics and computer programming, making Mono/Poly the perfect outlet for his varied talents and interests.