Nathan Hall’s works have been called “fearless” in their multifaceted expressions of the composer’s personal and musical identity. Nathan uses music as an artistic medium to explore a variety of fields including science, nature, the fine arts, history, and sexuality. There is an element of humanity present in all of Nathan’s works, from his traditional classical pieces for chamber ensembles to experimental electronic pieces, sound sculptures, and multimedia projects.
Many of Nathan’s works are based on his travels, mapping out a geography of his experiences while taking the listener on their own personal journey. Hall’s site-specific performances are often inspired by the performers and locations for which they are commissioned, and have a diary-like quality where that particular piece of music could have only been made in that place, at that time. Other works are inspired by the composer’s sexuality and experiences as a gay man, creating a special intimacy between performer, place, and audience.
Nathan Hall is a former Fulbright Fellow to Iceland, and holds his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He holds degrees from Vassar College (BA) and Carnegie Mellon University (MM). His teachers have included Nancy Galbraith, Richard Wilson, Reza Vali, Carter Pann, and John Drumheller. His works have been performed and exhibited around the world by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, Playground Ensemble, The Gay/Lesbian Chorus of San Francisco, Ars Nova Singers, Duo Harpverk, a convention of roller coaster enthusiasts, and porn star Dirk Caber. He has recorded several projects at Greenhouse Studios in Iceland, and his collaborations with artists and musicians include Rhona Byrne, Slim Cessna, Ragnar Kjartansson, Magnus Trygvason Eliassen, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, and Kim Dickey. Nathan’s music has won numerous awards, and he has been the recipient of several residencies, such as the CATWALK residency in Catskill, NY, the Ogilvy Travel Fellowship to Ireland, Denver Art Museum’s first Creative in Residence, and Boulder Public Library Maker in Residence. He is on the Board of Playground Ensemble and currently lives in Denver.
For more information, contact Nathan at nathanalanhall [at] gmail [dot] com.
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