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D. Riley Nicholson: Shimmer for solo piano and electronics

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Date(s) - 03/22/2018
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Shimmer for solo piano and electronics

Tilted Arc

Shimmer is a 50 minute musical work by composer-pianist D. Riley Nicholson for piano and electronics. Nicholson worked closely with sound designer Zach Miley to record, sculpt, and create an interface suitable for live electro-acoustic performance. Shimmer is performed by Nicholson alongside projected visuals created specifically for the production by artist Robby Gilson.

To shimmer is to reflect a wavering or distorted visual image, to tremolo a fitful light. To shimmer is to flicker and allow the complexity of a beautiful light to evolve, to open up the possibility of an object viewed from multiple perspectives simultaneously. From a different angle, Nicholson explores Shimmer as a highly personal verb: We are remembered by how we reflected the light around us. We didn’t create our light, but we do choose to spread and magnify it in a myriad of directions. Shimmer reflects these ideas as a repetitive tremor of shaking, mesmerizing, aural glare.

Nicholson shares the evening with Tilted Arc, a duo created by Sophia Subbayya Vastek – keyboards and Sam Torres – electronics who focus on electroacoustic music and installations. Their haunting and beautiful work defies genres and fuses post-classical music with electronics and found sounds. Tilted Arc gets its name and inspiration from a massive site-specific sculpture by Richard Serra, commissioned and later destroyed by the United States General Services Administration.

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