YELLOW BARN ARTIST RESIDENCY – NEW DRAMATIC SONG CYCLE
Soprano Jessica Rivera, baritone Andrew Garland, pianist Molly Morkoski and I will be in-residence at Yellow Barn for an Artists Residency from September 19-23 to workshop my new 45-minute song cycle, "Some Favored Nook." My work sets texts by Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson adapted by librettist Mark Campbell. It places places Dickinson and Higginson's writings in the context of the Civil War and the society of the time. We plan to officially premiere and tour the work in the 2018-19 season. I composed this work during residencies at Copland House (January 2017) and at the American Academy in Rome (July 2017).
THE NEW YORK VIRTUOSO SINGERS PREMIERE
The New York Virtuoso Singers and conductor Harold Rosenbaum premiered my new choral work, "how small a part of time," in New York City on May 20, 2017, and repeated the work at ChoralFest at Symphony Space on June 3, 2017. The text for my work is an original poem that I created entirely from the titles I found in a single drawer in the card catalogue of the Providence Athenaeum, which all begin with the word, “how.” You can read the poem and watch a video of the premiere here.
NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMS "GLIMPSE"
The National Symphony Orchestra and conductor John Devlin perform "Glimpse" for orchestra on February 8, 2017 on a special concert at the Reagan Building curated by Gourmet Symphony as part of Joshua Bell's residency with the NSO. The event features music paired with creative cuisine and cocktails created by celebrity chef Mike Isabella. Ticket information here.
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PREMIERE WITH ANDRIS NELSONS
Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra premiered my BSO-commissioned work, "the space of a door", for orchestra in Symphony Hall in four performances on November 8, 10, 11, and 12, 2016, as part of the BSO's cycle of Brahms Piano Concerti and Symphonies. My piece was paired with music by Brahms in two separate programs, featuring Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by Hélène Grimaud, and Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.
Listen to the live broadcast on-demand (available until Nov. 12, 2017). Click here for more information about the piece including an online viewable score, program note, a recording, and press quotes.
The premiere of "the space of a door" received critical praise:
- The New York Times: "Rich with asynchronous strings, and full of light and shade, it hurtles toward a nostalgic end. Engaging, from a voice we will hear more of."
- The Boston Globe: "shimmered in sweeping gestures ... and a sense of awe twinkled throughout."
- The Republican: "an outstanding new work"; "one of the best new classical compositions I have heard in years" (here and here)
- Boston Classical Review: "blazing ... clean and shot through with rhythmic vitality ... its formal design and dramatic shape is seamless."
The Providence Journal, Brown Daily Herald and Brown University News published feature articles on the premiere.
In conjunction with the premiere of "the space of a door," the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory co-presented a concert featuring my "Omaggio a Gesualdo" for string quintet as part of NEC's "Do You Hear What I Hear?" series on November 15th at Williams Hall. On November 5th, Boston Musica Viva performed my "Walls of Light" at the Longy School of Music.
Also surrounding the premiere, I enjoyed speaking at Tufts University (October 24), Keene State College (October 25), Boston Symphony Orchestra student composers talk (Nov. 8), Harvard University (November 9), Northeastern University (November 10), From The Top (November 10), Boston Symphony Orchestra pre-concert talk (November 11), Yale University Humanities Center (November 13), and New England Conservatory (November 15).
Video feature by the BSO:
ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL PREMIERE AND RESIDENCY
The American Brass Quintet premiered "Missing Words II" on July 27 for brass quintet, commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival. I was a visiting composer at the festival. The American Brass Quintet presented the New York Premiere of the work at The Juilliard School on October 10, 2016. Stay tuned for news about a commercial recording release of the work with the American Brass Quintet.
YELLOW BARN SUMMER RESIDENCY
I look forward to serving as guest composition faculty at the Yellow Barn Music Festival in June 2016, joining composers Christohper Theofanidis and Stephen Coxe.
BOSTON MODERN ORCHESTRA PROJECT CONCERT AND RECORDING PROJECT
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and conductor Gil Rose gave a performance of three of my works as part of a residency at Brown University on February 12, 2016. Gil Rose and BMOP are in the process of a recording an album of my large ensemble works for commercial release on the BMOP Sound label.
YALE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PREMIERES "THIS OLD PLACE"
On November 14, the Yale Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Toshiyuki Shimada give the world premiere of "This Old Place" (2015) for orchestra, commissioned by the Yale Symphony for its 50th Anniversary Season alongside a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 6.
JENNIFER KOH PREMIERES NEW WORK AT NY PHIL 2016 BIENNIAL
Violinist Jennifer Koh premiered Nathan's "Far Beyond Far" as part of the New York Philharmonic's 2016 Biennial at National Sawdust. The premiere is part of Koh's "Shared Madness" project, which includes commissions from 30 composers who composed works in response to Paganini's 24 Caprices for Solo Violin and the idea of virtuosity in the twenty-first century. Listen to the premiere on WQXR's Q2 Music here.
The New York Times review of the premiere.
CD RELEASE CONCERT – (LE) POISSON ROUGE
Watch video excerpts below of the CD release concert of "Multitude, Solitude: Eric Nathan" at (le) poisson rouge from October 12. The concert featured the Momenta Quartet, violist Samuel Rhodes, oboist Peggy Pearson, pianist Mei Rui, trumpeter Hugo Moreno, and hornist Laura Weiner and the New York Premiere of "Why Old Places Matter" (2014).
REVIEWS OF RESONANT BODIES FESTIVAL PREMIERES
Reviews in The New York Times and The New York Classical Review of Tony Arnold, Lucy Shelton and Dawn Upshaw's premiere performance of "Canon for Three" (2015), and Lucy Shelton, Meaghan Burke and Carlos Cordeiro's premiere performance of "Soul Perching" (2015) at the opening night of both the Resonant Bodies Festival and Merkin Concert Hall season.
DEBUT RELEASE ON ALBANY RECORDS
"Multitude, Solitude: Eric Nathan"
A debut release on Albany Records, September 1, 2015
Produced by Judith Sherman
GRAMMY-Winning Classical Producer of the Year
Joseph Alessi, TROMBONE
Hugo Moreno, TRUMPET
Peggy Pearson, OBOE
Samuel Rhodes, VIOLA
Mei Rui, PIANO
RESONANT BODIES FESTIVAL PREMIERES – SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
Renowned sopranos Tony Arnold, Lucy Shelton and Dawn Upshaw premiere "Canon for Three" (2015) for a cappella trio, and soprano Lucy Shelton, cellist Meaghan Burke and clarinetist Carlos Cordeiro also give the world premiere of "Soul Perching" (2015) for soprano, clarinet and cello at the opening night celebration of both the Merkin Hall concert season and the Resonant Bodies Festival.
BROWN UNIVERSITY FACULTY APPOINTMENT
The Brown University Department of Music announces my appointment to the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Music (in Composition-Theory), effective July 1, 2015.
SUMMER NEWS 2015
Boston Symphony Chamber Players perform "Why Old Places Matter" at Tanglewood
Chesterwood hosts a lecture on "Why Old Places Matter" with myself, Thompson Mayes (Deputy Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation), and sculptor Judith Shea
Pianist Mei Rui performs "Three by Three" at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, OH
Fiati Five tour "Spires" in numerous performances along the East Coast
SPRING NEWS 2015
2015 MATA Festival presents "Four to One" with the Momenta Quartet at The Kitchen (New York, NY)
Apple Hill Quartet and oboist Peggy Pearson premiere "Hope is the thing with feathers" as part of Winsor Music's Song of the Spirit project
International Trumpet Guild 40th Anniversary Conference present the Mirari Brass and trumpeter John Adler performing "Spires" and "Cantus," respectively
Chamber Music America 2015 National Showcase Concert features the Momenta Quartet performing "Four to One"
Ariel Artists' Chamber Music America Showcase Concert presents the Mirari Brass performing "Spires" at the DiMenna Center (New York, NY)
2014 NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC BIENNIAL PREMIERE
Principal Trombonist Joseph Alessi premieres "As Above, So Below," commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, on CONTACT! at the New York Philharmonic's inaugural Biennial on July 3, 2014 at SubCulture (New York).
2014 TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
The Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music features "Toying" for solo trumpet, performed by George Goad.
CABRILLO FESTIVAL PREMIERE
The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music premieres "Gibellina" for orchestra, conducted in three performances by Boon-Hua Lien, Melisse Brunet and Jeffrey Spenner
GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP APPOINTMENT
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded me a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship!
WILLIAMS COLLEGE FACULTY APPOINTMENT
The Williams College Department of Music has appointed me as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music for the 2014-15 academic year.