Friction String Quartet Commission Occulmente Premieres March 22nd, 2018. Commissioned by Marc Machiz and presented by Bowerbird, in Philadelphia, PA, USA

Composer and performer for a collaboration with choreographer Penny Saunders and BalletX, Premieres July 2018 in Philadelphia, PA, USA

Collaboration with Guggenheim fellow Neil Feather on album: ‘Popular Organ Fun Party’, music for invented instruments and theatre organ, Philadelphia, PA, currently in production


Collaborating Composer and performer for a week of creative development for a new theatrical production for children called ‘The Dead Letter Office’. Led by Jen MacArthur in Wellington, NZ, Funded by Creative NZ

Pianist/contributing composer for Don McGlashan for the NZ feature film ‘Vermillion’ currently in post-production. At Roundhead Studios, Auckland, New Zealand, December 2017

Composer and performer for The Hooligan and the Lady, a play by Pauline Hayes, presented by the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, NZ, Sept 2017

                  Piano/Fender Rhodes with the Jim Langabeer Sextet, for the album ‘Secret Islands’, recorded at the Kenneth Mayer Centre, Auckland, NZ, 2016 and released 2017 on Rattle Records


2014        ‘Sunset o639 Hours’ a full-length (70min) work for contemporary classical ballet created in collaboration with BalletX and choreographer Matthew Neenan. Premiered 2014 at the WILMA Theater, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Subsequent performances at Vail International Dance Festival, Vail, CO and The Joyce Theater Ballet Festival, New York, NY, 2015 and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, MA, 2016.

2011        ‘Twelfth Night’ Shakespeare with a live original Eastern European inspired score, in collaboration with Pig Iron Theatre Company. Premiered 2011 at the Suzanne Roberts, Philadelphia PA. Subsequent performances at Fringe Arts, Philadelphia and a season at the Abrons Arts Centre, New York, NY

2011        ‘Proliferation of the Imagination’ an interdisciplinary full-length work for contemporary classical ballet, two actors and three musicians, created in collaboration with BalletX, the WILMA Theater and choreographer  Matthew Neenan. Premiered in the Philadelphia Internationl Festival of the Arts, 2011, Phila. PA. USA

2003 – 2010 The Zirkus Big Band, an award winning ten to sixteen piece experimental jazz ensemble formed by me to perform my compositions. We performed throughout NZ, on national television, received Arts Grants, recorded albums and won best music awards.


Sundance Theatre Lab Fellow, two week residency with the Wilhelm Brothers at Mass. MoCA, USA
Six-week teaching residency ‘Music Matters’ music school. Colombo, Sri Lanka
Commission; ‘Occulmente’ for Friction String Quartet, San Francisco, CA, USA
Creative New Zealand Arts Grant
First Place Winner, Philadelphia Mummers Parade, Comics Division – with the Rabble Rousers
Bowerbird Sound Sculpture Commission, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Barrymore Theatre Award ‘Outstanding Original Music’, Philadelphia,  PA, USA
Barrymore Theatre Award ‘Outstanding Music Direction’, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2009        SOUNZ Community Commission
2008        Chapman Tripp Award for best music (performer)
2007        Creative New Zealand Arts Grant
2006        Best Theatre Award Dunedin Fringe Festival
Best Music Award Wellington Fringe Festival
2005        CNZ Creative Communities Grant
2003        Honours Scholarship, Massey University, Wellington, NZ (offered).


2017        Dr Geeklove – solo music performance in the Spiegeltent with special guests Neil Watson and Anton Wuts. Created for and produced by the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, NZ.

High Zero Festival, Baltimore, MD, USA
Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Massachusetts, USA
Visiting lecturer at Swarthmore College, Department of Music & Dance, PA, USA

Eyes Out improvised music trio Osaka tour, Japan
Joyce Theater Ballet Festival, NY, USA
Vail International Dance Festival. CO, USA
Black Rainbow Concert Series at Te Uru Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2014        Nowhere Festival, Audio Foundation, Auckland, NZ
2013        Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, PA, USA
2012        Cage: Beyond Silence, Bowerbird Festival, performance of Organ 2 by John Cage, USA

New Orleans Fringe Festival, LA, USA
Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, PA, USA
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, PA, USA

Pig Iron Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, CA, USA
Generación Espontánea – National School of Music, Mexico City, Mexico

2007        APRA Silver Scroll Awards (performance of SOUNZ Award winner Eve De Castro Robinson’s These Arms to     Hold You)

TV One special appearance on arts show Frontseat with Zirkus Big Band Wellington, NZ
Zirkus Big Band Wellington Fringe Festival and Dunedin Fringe Festival

2005        Ake Ake Theatre Company Pantheatre, Voice & Music Performance Workshop, Malérargues, France


2017 Choice – by Totally Super Pregnant; with Mark McCloughan, USA
2015 Super Meow by Super Meow, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2015 Magic Love Mirrors by the Magic Love Mirrors, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Sunset o639 Hours – by The Sunset Club; with Andrew Mars, Josh Machiz and Isaac Stanford, USA
2012 The Twilight Zone – by Kate Porter and Rosie Langabeer, USA
2011 Strange Satie – by Strange Satie; Josh Machiz, Jesse Sparhawk, USA
2010 Sirius Music – by Zirkus Big Band – released on iiii, NZ
2005 Zirkus – by Zirkus, NZ

Scores for Theare/Dance/Circus/Interdisciplinary performance
2014 The Stairwell Symphony – No Face Performance Group, USA
2013 Hand of Gaul – Inis Nua Theater Company, USA
2011 SEED – Subcircle Dance Theater, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2010 Cankerblossom – Pig Iron Theatre Company, USA
2008 – 2010 Adagio – Awkward Productions NZ
2006 The Nature of Wishing – Alyx Duncan, NZ

Film Scores
2016 Unbreakable Beau – short film directed by Francesca Mackenzie
2015 Godplex – directed by Darcy Gladwin (in production)
2010 Starfyter – web series directed by Spencer Sheridan
2010 Promenade – short film by Briar March



2017        Adams, Geoff, “Secret Islands. Jim Langabeer (Composer and tenor saxophone, flutes and putorino. Rattle CD”. Otago Daily Times Nov, 27, 2017

Fitzgerald, Rosheen, “Dr Geeklove, The Hook, October 4, 2017

Fenton, John, “Jim Langabeer – Sketches of Aotearoa”,, April 26,2016

2015        Seibert, Brian, “Matthew Neenan of BalletX Nears The Stratosphere”, The New York Times  August 6, 2015

Burke, Siobhan, “’Sunset o639 Hours’ by BalletX at the Joyce Theater”, The New York Times, August 12, 2015

2014        Genzlinger, Neil, “Don’t Mess With Malvolio”, The New York Times, Feb 16, 2014

Stewart, Zachary, “Twelfth Night”, Theatermania, New York City, Feb 7, 2014




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