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Attaché Case Gamelan Demo

For The Traps, I built makeshift Javanese gamelans in 6 Staples attaché cases, filled with glass gongs, steel-tine mbiras, aluminum crotales, and myriad other tiny instruments, each tuned to the 6 tonalities in central Javanese gamelan. A demo of these attaché cases, along with a video is here. The Traps is a New Music USA Commission for […]

Sun-Eaters

I have become a choreography junkie, scoring dances all over. After the premiere of Blue Room, by Dai Jian and Elena Demyanenko at New York Live Arts last year, I am scoring an evening-length piece called Sun-Eaters by Tzveta Kassabova, Elena Demyanenko, and Jen Nugent/Paul Matteson, which will be premiered at Middlebury College on April […]

Archipelago CD

A new CD, spanning a decade of pieces that rework Javanese gamelan, will be coming out this Fall.  Nusantara playfully deconstructs Javanese gamelan, reimagining that orchestra of gongs and metallophones. Hubcaps, computerized accelerometers, found percussion, and attaché-case mini-gamelans all rework the tradition of karawitan in omnivorous reorchestrations while traditional forms such as the palaran and sampak are […]

Talujon/The Traps at the DiMenna Center

Fab percussion sextet Talujon will be performing The Traps at the DiMenna Center (part of the Baryshnikov Center) at 8 PM on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 alongside works by Julia Wolfe and Steve Reich. The Traps is a New Music USA Commission for Talujon, written in collaboration with the virtuosic Javanese dancer Mugiyono Kasido. A version […]

Philly Salon

Salon Series Cabinet stalwart Michael Chinworth will be performing excerpts (23 of ‘em) from Blank State at Andrea Clearfield’s Salon Series in Philly this Sunday, January 31 at 8 PM. Blank State is a collection of hundreds of 15-second pieces, sculpted and resampled out of people’s earworms—pieces they can’t get out of their head. Andrea […]

Psychic Driving

Psychic Driving was shown as a work-in-progress at HERE’s Culturemart Series in March 2015. HERE writes: “Psychic Driving surrounds the audience with a hallucinatory landscape of audio surveillance, hospital sonification, and clandestine broadcasts, inspired by the CIA brainwashing experiments of the 1950s, in which subjects were force-fed LSD then played looped audiotapes. Four performers chatter, sing, and […]

Mugiyono + Talujon + Nick premiere December 2 at Bennington College

A years-long collaboration with Indonesian choreographer Mugiyono Kasido and percussion sextet Talujon will come to fruition on DECEMBER 2, with a workshop performance at Bennington College. The piece, a commission from New Music USA, has involved overseas trips, a brilliant choreographer, and yards of spring steel.

Psychic Driving

March 10 & 11: Premiere showing of excerpts of Psychic Driving at HERE’s Culturemart Series!! From HERE:   “Psychic Driving surrounds the audience with a hallucinatory landscape of audio surveillance, hospital sonifications, and clandestine broadcasts, inspired by the CIA brainwashing experiments of the 1950s, in which subjects were force-fed LSD then played looped audiotapes. Four performers […]

Mugiyono + Talujon Commission

This February 2013, in Central Java, Nick and choreographer Mugiyono Kasido sketched out a new piece, tentatively entitled “The Traps”. The work, commissioned by Meet The Composer/Commissioning Music USA, is a collaborative project with NYC percussion sextet Talujon, celebrated Javanese choreographer Mugiyono, and Nick. The piece will premiere in 2014-15. Mugiyono’s choreography ranges from wry […]

Two January shows

Matthew Gold will play my percussion piece Walking/Falling at the Williams College I/O Fest (http://music.williams.edu) this Thursday, January 5 at 8 PM. Matt’s doing a virtuosic job with this solo, which involves a huge set of Javanese instruments and homebuilt percussion. The I/O Fest is a terrific 3-day festival of new music @ Williams, and […]