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C4NM Encore Concerts: D. Riley Nicholson’s Shimmer

Thursday, April 16, 2020 — 7:00 PM
Tickets: Free!
Tickets available at the door only

C4NM Encore Concerts presents

– a free new online series broadcasting concerts from seasons past –

D. Riley Nicholson’s Shimmer

Join us for the third iteration of C4NM Encore Concerts – a chance to relive some of our favorite live performances at 55 Taylor, and a chance to reconnect with our community despite social distancing. Curators and artists will join in on the conversation in real-time to answer questions and discuss musical topics. To watch, just log in at the event time and look for a ‘Facebook Live’ video available on both our main Facebook page and this event page.


Shimmer is a 50-minute musical work by composer-pianist D. Riley Nicholson for piano and electronics. Riley worked closely with sound artist Zach Miley to record, sculpt, and create an interface suitable for live electro-acoustic performance. This broadcast is from the 2018 world premiere at C4NM including projected visuals created specifically for the event by artist Robby Gilson. Live performance capture videography and audio recording by Zach Miley. Riley will join in on the conversation online and respond to comments in real-time during the event.

To shimmer is to reflect a wavering or distorted visual image, to tremolo a fitful light. To shimmer is to flicker and allow the complexity of a beautiful light to evolve, to open up the possibility of an object viewed from multiple perspectives simultaneously. From a different angle, Nicholson explores Shimmer as a highly personal verb. We are remembered by how we reflected the light around us. We didn’t create our light, but we do choose to spread and magnify it in a myriad of directions. Shimmer reflects these ideas as a repetitive tremor of shaking, mesmerizing, aural glare.