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Nathan Hall

Denver, CO      

Nathan Hall’s works have been called “fearless” in their multifaceted expressions of the composer’s personal and musical identity. Nathan uses music as a 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. His “landscape” works reinterpret scientific data or historical documents to create sonic textures whose fantastical or dreamlike sounds actually originated in real locations. Nathan’s site-specific performances are often inspired by the performers and locations for which they are commissioned. Other works like Tame Your Man are inspired by the composer’s sexuality and experiences as a gay man, creating a special intimacy between performer and audience.

Nathan Hall is a former Fulbright Fellow and holds his Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He holds his BA degree from Vassar College and his MM from Carnegie Mellon University. His teachers have included Nancy Galbraith, Richard Wilson, Reza Vali, Carter Pann, and John Drumheller. His works have been performed by groups as diverse as the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, Ars Nova Singers, The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, a convention of rollercoaster enthusiasts, and Icelandic performance artists. His collaborative works have been exhibited around the world, and his music has won numerous awards. Nathan has been the recipient of several artist residencies, such as the CATWALK residency in Catskill, NY, and the Ogilvy Travel Fellowship to Ireland. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

I Am in Love with the World

SATB choral work with baritone soloist and piano. A setting of Maurice Sendak’s final interview on NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ with Terry Gross. A set of songs about life, death, love, and family. This is the 8th and final movement.

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Jökulsárlón (Glacial Lagoon)

A fixed media electronics piece using harp samples, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of Iceland’s famous glacial lagoon, as the icebergs slowly calve and drift out to the ocean.

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And Yet It Moves

A 16-minute opera-like film on science, history, and the University of Colorado Boulder’s first female professor. Filmed on CU Boulder’s campus in some of its most intriguing architectural spaces, featuring a saxophone quartet, wind quartet, vocalists, spoken texts, and electronics. This is the ‘teaser’ trailer to the film, giving an overview of the images and music used throughout.

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