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Nathan Davis

Nathan Davis

Lecturer, Percussion
Director, Performance Laboratory in Contemporary Music
M.M., Yale University
Uitvoerend Musicus, Rotterdams Conservatorium (Fulbright Fellowship)
B.M., Rice University

Inspired by natural processes and acoustic phenomena, percussionist and composer Nathan Davis makes music that elucidates essential characters of instruments and the fragile athleticism of playing them. A core member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), he has premiered hundreds of works, performing at NYC's Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Miller Theater, Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and across the US, and internationally at Darmstadt, Koln, Helsinki Musica Nova, and other festivals in Holland, Poland, Russia, Bali, Turkey, and Cuba. In October, 2012, Nathan will make his concerto debut with the Seattle Symphony. He has recorded for Nonesuch, Tzadik, Mode, Kairos, New Albion, Bridge, BMOP, Karnatic Lab, and Cold Blue records.

As a composer, Nathan "writes music that deals deftly and poetically with timbre and sonority" (Steve Smith, NYTimes). He has received commissions from ICE, the Calder String Quartet, Yarn/Wire, TimeTable Percussion, Santa Fe New Music, and the Ojai Festival (for Eighth Blackbird and an installation by sound-sculptor Trimpin), and has received awards from Meet The Composer, Copland Fund, Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, MATA, ASCAP, and the ISCM. Recordings of his music include a monograph of his chamber music performed by ICE entitled The Bright and Hollow Sky (one of TimeOut NY's top 10 classical albums of 2011), his electroacoustic percussion disc Memory Spaces, and Diving Bell from the Meehan/Perkins Duo.

A dedicated instructor, Nathan has given masterclasses on extended percussion techniques, composition, and electronics at UC Berkeley, CalArts, Rice, Baylor, Yale, the Longy School of Music, UMass Amherst, Georgia Tech, and the Akademia Muzyczna in Krakow, Poland, and been in residence at Harvard, Princeton, UCSD, Brown, and others. Nathan received his Masters from Yale, where he studied with Robert van Sice. He also studied at the Rotterdams Conservatorium on a Fulbright, and holds degrees in percussion and in composition from Rice University.

Last Updated: 10/1/12