D. Riley Nicholson: Influences

Sunday, July 26, 2020 — 2:30 PM
Tickets: Free! (online event)

Composer and pianist D. Riley Nicholson, takes listeners through a program of his past musical influences, culminating in the world premiere of his recent solo piano work, Without. Works to include music by Poulenc, Satie, Meredith Monk, and Hans Otte, each providing an example of musical inventiveness that has inspired Riley’s compositions. Nicholson’s new work, Without, candidly and reverently displays these influences and captures an isolated and dissonant mood also influenced by current events.


To watch open up your browser a few minutes before the concert start time, and find the video on our Facebook page, our YouTube channel, or on this event page. (make sure you refresh!) This event is free, but Riley suggests you make a donation to C4NM to support the organization during these difficult times, so it can continue to be a place for new music to thrive.

Railroad (Travel Song) – Meredith Monk
A Pied – Francis Poulenc
Prélude du Nazaréen – Erik Satie
Book of Sounds (selections) – Hans Otte
Without – D. Riley Nicholson, world premiere

A note from the artist:
“This concert looks back at voices that have profoundly shaped my musical voices over time. As I look back on my historical influences, I recognize how overwhelmingly white (and mostly male) they are. While each of these influences are truly beautiful and innovative in their own way, I realize now that the glaring lack of diversity reflects the white supremacist culture we exist in every day. I recognize my lack of awareness of composers of color misrepresents the true musical landscape and does a disservice to my own opportunities for growth. It has been a fruitful moment of reflection weaving together this program of influences – it’s also been an eye-opening call to action, an example that I need to seek out new influences in the future.”

About the Artist
Composer and pianist D. Riley Nicholson creates post-classical, metaphorically rich music. Fascinated and committed to working with artists outside of music as well as within, collaborations include original music for Post:Ballet, Amaranth Quartet, Hot Air Music Festival, Dance Film SF, Switchboard Music, David Herrera Performance Company and many others. In 2018, Nicholson premiered his full-length work Shimmer for piano and electronics and toured nationally. Last year, Joshua Kosman called his performance of the music of Julius Eastman as “powerful, [and] ingeniously wrought.” (SF Chronicle) Nicholson recently finished a commission for pianists Sarah Cahill and Regina Myers, to be performed in the coming year. Nicholson has a M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a B.M. and B.A. from the University of Memphis. He is the Project Manager for C4NM, Marketing Consultant for Dance Film SF, and serves on the Board of Directors for Berkeley Ballet Theater and Post:Ballet.

***photo by Natalia Perez

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