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A Debut CD: The Music of Eric Nathan

A debut CD of Eric Nathan’s chamber music on Albany Records, featuring premiere recordings performed by the Momenta Quartet and guests

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“Multitude, Solitude” Recording

Posted on November 1, 2015 by Eric Nathan
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“Multitude, Solitude” is on the Grammy ballot, up for nomination for Best Contemporary Composition. Here is the debut recording from the CD, performed by the Momenta Quartet. Enjoy!

 

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“MULTITUDE, SOLITUDE” ON GRAMMY BALLOT IN FOUR CATEGORIES

Posted on October 26, 2015 by Eric Nathan

Best Contemporary Composition – Eric Nathan (Multitude, Solitude” for string quartet, performed by the Momenta Quartet (listen here)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance – Momenta Quartet

for “Multitude, Solitude” for string quartet, performed by the Momenta Quartet (listen here)

Best Classical Instrumental Solo – Joseph Alessi

for “As Above, So Below,” performed by Joseph Alessi (listen here)

Producer of the Year – Classical – Judith Sherman

For the full album “Multitude, Solitude: Eric Nathan” (listen here)

To those voting, thank you for your consideration!

NEW YORKER and BROOKLYN RAIL RECOMMEND LPR RELEASE CONCERT

Posted on October 5, 2015 by Eric Nathan

The October 12th CD Release concert at Le Poisson Rouge is one week away! I’m so excited about this concert and cannot wait to share it with you all. Tickets are available here.

News about the release concert is out: The New Yorker and Brooklyn Rail have both recommended the concert on their lists for the coming week. Read what they say about it below and I hope to see you all there!

The New Yorker:

“…the venue hosts a CD-release party for the thoughtful and inventive young composer Eric Nathan, featuring such fine musicians as the Momenta Quartet, the oboist Peggy Pearson, and the violist Samuel Rhodes (formerly of the Juilliard String Quartet).”

Brooklyn Rail:

“Eric Nathan Multitude Solitude release show at (le) poisson rouge. It’s a Momenta month, this time with composer Eric Nathan. Last year, the Quartet played a terrific concert of Nathan’s music, and now they featured on his new CD. At the basement club, they’ll play Nathan’s Four to One and his mesmerizing Omaggio a Gesualdo and the title piece, along with music for trumpet, oboe, and the dazzling Three by Three for piano.”

 

CD GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED

Posted on September 11, 2015 by Eric Nathan

The New Music USA CD Giveaway winner is Gregory Kyle Klug!

The winner receives one CD and was selected at random from those who “followed” the New Music USA Project Page before the September 1 release.

Thank you to all who have “followed” this project page. If you would like to hear the recording or download/purchase a copy, you can now download/stream the recording on Spotify, GooglePlay, and YouTube, and purchase the CD from Amazon.

CD IS RELEASED!

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Eric Nathan

I am so happy to announce my CD has been officially released! Thanks to everyone who has supported the project. 

New Music USA’s CD Giveaway Winner will be announced soon. 

You can order the CD on Amazon, Tower Records or from Albany Records directly. It will be available on iTunes and Spotify by the end of the month. 

PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON.COM

Posted on August 18, 2015 by Eric Nathan

You can now pre-order the CD on Amazon.com. It releases on September 1, 2015. 

Visit www.multitudesolitude.com for a further “sneak peek” of the CD – including the liner notes, artist information and behind-the-scenes photos from the recording sessions. 

Cover Artwork: “Grace” (2007) by Theresa Chong

ALBUM TRAILER RELEASED

Posted on August 18, 2015 by Eric Nathan
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I’m excited to share the ALBUM TRAILER, featuring a sneak peak of the recording of the title track, “Multitude, Solitude” for string quartet, recorded by the Momenta Quartet.

Trailer Credits:
Film by Minos Papas (Cyprian Films, New York)
Artwork by Theresa Chong (“Grace,” 2007)
Performer: Liz Sargent

CD RELEASE TOUR ANNOUNCED!

Posted on August 15, 2015 by Eric Nathan

I’m thrilled to announce our CD Release Tour! See below for details.

1) October 12, 2015 – 7:30 P.M.
(LE) POISSON ROUGE

New York, NY

PERFORMERS
Momenta Quartet | Hugo Moreno, TRUMPET |  Peggy Pearson, OBOE | Samuel Rhodes, VIOLA | Mei Rui, PIANO | Laura Weiner, HORN

PROGRAM
Four to One for string quartet
Why Old Places Matter (NY Premiere) for oboe, horn, piano
Toying for solo trumpet
Three by Three for solo piano
Omaggio a Gesualdo for string quintet
Multitude, Solitude for string quartet

TICKETING INFORMATION
Seated: $20 advance, $25 day of show
Standing: $15 advance, $20 of show
Doors Open: 6:30 PM
Show Time: 7:30 PM
Table Seating Policy
PURCHASE TICKETS

LIVE VIDEO STREAMING OF CONCERT


2) October 18, 2015 – 7:00 P.M.
ST PAUL’S CHURCH
Brookline, MA

PERFORMERS
Momenta Quartet | Peggy Pearson, OBOE | Samuel Rhodes, VIOLA | Mei Rui, PIANO     

PROGRAM
*Four to One for string quartet 
Quartet for Oboe and Strings
*Three by Three for solo piano 
*Omaggio a Gesualdo for string quintet
*Multitude, Solitude for string quartet

*Boston Premieres

TICKETING INFORMATION
St. Paul’s Church, 15 St. Paul St., Brookline, MA
Tickets: $10 Student, $20 General
PURCHASE TICKETS


3) November 23, 2015 – 1:00 P.M.
HUDSON VALLEY MUSIC CLUB
Dobbs Ferry, NY

PERFORMERS
Momenta Quartet with Samuel Rhodes, VIOLA

PROGRAM
GESUALDO (trans. NATHAN): Ahi, Disperata Vita for string quintet
NATHAN: Omaggio a Gesualdo for string quintet
NATHAN: Multitude, Solitude for string Quartet
MENDELSSOHN: Viola Quintet, No. 2 in B-flat Major, op. 87

TICKETING INFORMATION
Hudson Valley Music Club | 54 Clinton Ave, Dobbs Ferry, NY
Tickets: $15
Call: 914.232.5916

ALL TOUR PRESS INQUIRES

Milina Barry PR | office@milinabarrypr.com | 212.420.0200

In Production!

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Eric Nathan

All the recoridngs have been edited and mastered and the album design is now finished – all is set for production! I’m so excited with how everything turned out and can’t wait to share it with you all. 

Stay tuned for the September release! And watch this space for announcements about the CD Release Tour with performances in New York City, Boston and Dobbs Ferry, NY this fall. 

JUDITH SHERMAN WINS GRAMMY AWARD FOR CLASSICAL PRODUCER OF THE YEAR!

Posted on February 8, 2015 by Eric Nathan

Congratulations to Judith Sherman for winning the GRAMMY Award of Classical Producer of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards!

We are so excited to have you recording and producing our CD and can’t wait for the release in September 2015! 

 

WE HAVE FINISHED RECORDING THE CD!

Posted on February 2, 2015 by Eric Nathan

We had our final recording session yesterday! Trombonist Joseph Alessi recorded “As Above, So Below” (2014) for solo trombone, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, with producer Judith Sherman and assistant engineer Jeanne Velonis. Trombonist Jon Whitaker helped lend an extra ear and took some beautiful photos of the session. 

You can find more “behind-the-scenes” photos from our session here (all photos by Jon Whitaker Photography).

Judith Sherman will now edit and master the recordings and we hope to have finished recordings sent to Albany Records by June 1, on schedule for our September 2015 release. 

If you are in the New York area, you can hear Joseph Alessi perform “As Above, So Below” live at the “Mannes Trombone Day,” February 15th at 7PM at the Mannes School of Music (New York, NY). Tickets are available here

[Photo credit: Jon Whitaker Photography]

FINAL RECORDING SESSION – WITH JOSEPH ALESSI

Posted on January 21, 2015 by Eric Nathan

On February 1, 2015 Judith Sherman, Jeanne Velonis and I will head back to the American Academy of Arts and Letters to record the final work on the album, “As Above, So Below” for solo trombone, with New York Philharmonic Principal Trombonist Joseph Alessi

The work was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for Joseph Alessi to premiere at the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL on June 3, 2014 at SubCulture in New York. 

I recently spoke with the From The Top Alumni Blog about my process of composing this piece. Read the interview here

(Pictured above: Joseph Alessi premiering “As Above, So Below” at the NY PHIL BIENNIAL. Photo credit: Chris Lee)

RECORDING SESSIONS UPDATE

Posted on January 21, 2015 by Eric Nathan

Dear Friends,

I’m excited to share that we have now recorded six of the seven works on the CD with Judith Sherman in four recording sessions:

Mei Rui recorded “Three by Three” for solo piano at the American Academy of Arts and Letters on June 9, 2014

Momenta Quartet recorded “Four to One” for string quartet and “Quartet for Oboe and Strings” with Peggy Pearson at the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Letters on September 20, 2014

Momenta Quartet recorded the title track “Multitude, Solitude” for string quartet and “Omaggio a Gesualdo” for string quartet with Samuel Rhodes at the SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center on September 21, 2014

Hugo Moreno recorded “Toying” for solo trumpet at the American Academy of Arts and Letters on October 26, 2014

I invite you to view “behind-the-scenes” pictures from each of these recording sessions here

On January 9th the Momenta Quartet performed “Multitude, Solitude” at the National Gallery of Art. The Washington Post called the piece “richly evocative” and their performance “riveting” – read the full review here

I can’t wait to share the CD with you all! I will be posting updates here on this page as the project progresses. 

(The picture above is from the September 20th recording session at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. From left to right: Jeanne Velonis, Emilie-Anne Gendron, Peggy Pearson, Stephanie Griffin, Judith Sherman, Michael Haas, Eric Nathan)

Overview

I will be recording a debut portrait CD of my recent chamber and solo music, “MULTITUDE, SOLITUDE: ERIC NATHAN,” to be released by Albany Records in September 2015 and distributed by NAXOS.

I am thrilled to be working with a stellar list of performers of tremendous artistry – the Momenta Quartet, New York Philharmonic Principal Trombonist Joseph Alessi, oboist Peggy Pearson, former Juilliard String Quartet violist Samuel Rhodes, pianist Mei Rui and trumpeter Hugo Moreno. I am also honored to be working with Grammy Award-winning producer Judith Sherman, who will be recording and producing the CD.

I have chosen seven works to include on this CD – all of which will be premiere recordings – that paint a portrait of me as a composer, highlighting multiple sides of my musical personality. The CD features four chamber works for strings – my two string quartets “Four to One” (2011) and “Multitude, Solitude” (2013), string quintet “Omaggio a Gesualdo” (2013) and “Quartet for Oboe and Strings” (2012) – alongside three works for solo instruments – “As Above, So Below” (2014) for solo trombone, “Toying” (2012) for solo trumpet and “Three by Three” (2009) for solo piano.

Central to each of the above works are the opposing themes of multitude and solitude, division and unity, dialogue and soliloquy – themes that have underpinned much of my recent music. They reflect the lyrical and expressive side of my music, which focuses on conveying a range of intense emotions, as well as my playful and experimental sides, where I seek to reimagine the technical and sonic possibilities of instruments and test the boundaries of what is technically possible.

The recording sessions will take place over six months at the SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center and the American Academy of Arts and Letters – two of the finest venues for recorded sound in the New York Metropolitan area.

Excitement for the release is already building – George Grella writes in the New York Classical Review of my upcoming CD project, after hearing a portrait concert of my works to be featured on the CD: “It is already a must buy.”

I am excited to have, for the first time, a portrait album of outstanding recordings of my music commercially available to the world. I cannot wait to be able to make this project a reality.

 

Project Media

CD Project Overview – Video with excerpts from all featured works
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This is a video overview of my project including video and sound examples from each of the works to be featured on the CD along with video of me speaking about my works and why I chose them for this CD.

“Omaggio a Gesualdo”(2013) – Excerpt

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Features: Eric Nathan

Excerpt from the ending of “Omaggio a Gesualdo” for string quintet, which will be on the CD. The performers here are from the Chelsea Music Festival. For a full recording of the piece and score please visit: http://www.ericnathanmusic.com/Omaggio.html

“Four to One” (2011) for string quartet
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Performed by the JACK Quartet at the American Academy of Rome. For a score and more information: http://www.ericnathanmusic.com/FourToOne.html

Start and End Dates

06/09/201409/01/2015

Location

New York, New York

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Last update on November 1, 2015

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Providence, Rhode Island
Eric Nathan’s (b. 1983) music has been called “as diverse as it is arresting” with a “constant vein of ingenuity and expressive depth” (San Francisco Chronicle), “thoughtful and inventive” (The New Yorker), and “clear, consistently logical no matter how surprising the direction, and emotionally expressive without being simplistic or sentimental” (New York Classical Review). Nathan,…

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