Inspired by natural processes and acoustic phenomena, composer and percussionist Nathan Davis makes music that elucidates essential characters of instruments and the fragile athleticism of playing them. Amplification and live electronic processing are used organically with acoustic instruments to reveal and exaggerate subtle complexities of sound, forming an architectural sound-world through which the audience travels in experiencing a piece.
Nathan has received commissions from the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Calder String Quartet, the Ojai Festival (for Eighth Blackbird and an installation by sound-sculptor Trimpin), Meehan/Perkins Duo, TimeTable Percussion, Concert Artists Guild, and the Moving Theater Dance Company, and received awards from the Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, Meet the Composer, Argosy Foundation, ASCAP, and the ISCM. Nathan's music has been programmed at NYC's Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and at Darmstadt, Helsinki Musica Nova, and has performed his solo works at festivals in Poland, the Netherlands, and Cuba. Recordings of his music include his electroacoustic percussion CD Memory Spaces, flutist Claire Chase's debut Aliento, and a forthcoming monograph longplay from ICE, recorded at the state-of-the-art EMPAC center.
As a percussionist, Nathan is a percussionist in ICE, has toured the world in the cello/percussion duo Odd Appetite, and has recorded for Mode, Tzadik, New Albion, Bridge, BMOP, and Cold Blue records.
Sonic Generator at Georgia Tech will perform one of his pieces, The Bright and Hollow Sky, the night before, October 7th!
This performance will start promptly at 8pm!
Nathan Davis & Sylwia Mincewicz from Audio Art Festival on Vimeo.
Klimchak loves opposites. That may explain why he's played with bands as diverse as disco diva RuPaul and avant hipster Bruce Hampton. "I think of music as a crazy-quilt of different styles and patterns. I'm the thread that holds the whole mess together," says the Atlanta-based composer and percussionist. "I love the clash of colors and opposing patterns. That's where the music comes alive."
Of course that is easy for Klimchak to say, since he owns and plays literally hundreds of instruments. "I've been collecting sound-makers since the late 1970's. When I have some free time, I usually sit down and learn to play a new flute or percussion instrument." It could be an early electronic instrument like the sci-fi staple, the theremin or a low-tech rawhide frame drum from the Middle East. It's all grist for the sound-mill. "In the modern world of Ebay and the internet, locating exotic instruments for cheap and getting instructions on playing them is a lot easier than it used to be."
Also, check out this lovely feature in Arts Critic ATL.
klimchak from takuya yoshikane on Vimeo.