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Nico Muhly

A contemporary classical composer and conductor, Nico Muhly was born in Vermont in 1981. After graduating from Columbia University, Muhly went on to earn a Master's degree in music from Juilliard. He worked on a number of well-received projects, including a cantata on the Elements of Style by Strunk & White. Muhly also included film scoring on his résumé, beginning with Choking Man in 2006 and Joshua in 2008. His abilities to move from genre to genre soon paid off, and Muhly began working with some of the music world's most well-known names, including Björk, Antony (of Antony & the Johnsons), and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, not to mention working with modern classical composer Philip Glass.

His debut recording, Speaks Volumes, was released in 2006. It was followed in 2008 by a collection of his collaborations with other artists titled Ekvilibrium. The next item on Muhly's to-do list was a follow-up to his debut, the collection Mothertongue, which appeared in 2008. Also released that year was his aforementioned original score for the motion picture Joshua. In 2009, his score for Stephen Daldry's 2008 film The Reader was released. Muhly's commissions soon multiplied in earnest, as did even more requests by other artists for his string arrangements (including Usher and Antony Hegarty).

A Good Understanding, a collection of his choral works, was released in 2010, as was I Drink the Air Before Me, co-produced by Dan Bora and Valgeir Sigurðsson. Seeing Is Believing was issued in 2011 and followed by three limited-edition EPs in 2012, Drones & Piano, Drones & Viola, and Drones & Violin, which were compiled as the full-length Drones and released widely in November of that year. His score for the beat poets bio-pic Kill Your Darlings was then released alongside the film in late 2013. He worked with Kronos Quartet, yMusic, and members of the National for the classical recording Richard Reed Parry: Music for Heart and Breath, issued in mid-2014. Later the same year, Nonesuch released his opera Two Boys, performed by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

In the spring of 2016, Muhly joined Angela and Jennifer Chun on a recording of his Four Studies and Honest Music, which were paired with two works by Philip Glass for Harmonia Mundi. A collaboration with Valgeir Sigurðsson called Scent Opera, "an opera for your nose" with scents, premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in 2009 but was issued as a 14-minute recording for the first time in August 2016. He also partnered with singer/songwriter Teitur for Confessions, a collection of songs recorded with the ensemble Holland Baroque Society and released by Nonesuch that October. ~ Chris True & Marcy Donelson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Mothertongue

Title: Mothertongue, For Solo Voice

1. Mothertongue, For Solo Voice: I. Archive

2. Mothertongue, For Solo Voice: II. Shower

3. Mothertongue, For Solo Voice: III. Hress

4. Mothertongue, For Solo Voice: IV. Monster

Title: Wonders, For Trombones & Voice

5. Wonders, For Trombones & Voice: I. New Things & New Tidings

6. Wonders, For Trombones & Voice: II. The Devil Appear'd In The Shape Of A Man

7. Wonders, For Trombones & Voice: III. A Complaint Against Thomas Weelkes

Title: The Only Tune, For Banjo, Guitar & Voice

8. The Only Tune, For Banjo, Guitar & Voice: I. The Two Sisters

9. The Only Tune, For Banjo, Guitar & Voice: II. The Old Mill Pond

10. The Only Tune, For Banjo, Guitar & Voice: III. The Only Tune

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Track List: Speaks Volumes

Title: Volumes

1. Volumes: Clear Music

2. Volumes: It Goes Without Saying

3. Volumes: Honest Music

4. Volumes: Quiet Music

5. Volumes: Pillaging Music

6. Volumes: Hudson Cycle

7. Volumes: Keep In Touch

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Track List: Nico Muhly: I Drink the Air Before Me

Title: I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet

1. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Fire Down Below

2. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: First Storm

3. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Salty Dog

4. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Varied Carols

5. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Music Under Pressure I

6. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Music Under Pressure II

7. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Jagged Pulses

8. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Music For Boys

9. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Music For Gino

10. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Music Under Pressure III

11. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Storm Center

12. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: One Day Tells Its Tale To Another

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I recently discovered this composer through Tracy Silverman (jazz violinist), who shared Muhly's works on Facebook. I have to say that I am a fan.
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after watching my daughter sing the music of this genius, I need more Muhly!
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Well, born in 1981 so...
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dazernator80 0
wow how old is this kid?

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