Composer Nico Muhly has channeled a hyperactive, creative imagination into a musical style that is both ruthlessly modern and highly listenable. His projects have taken him from apprenticing with minimalist master Philip Glass to producing albums for the Icelandic supernova Björk; from arrangements with indie-rock bands Grizzly Bear and Anthony and the Johnsons to commissions for the New York Philharmonic's groundbreaking CONTACT! series. On June 24, 2011, Muhly celebrates another milestone: the world premiere of his first opera, Two Boys, at the English National Opera.
Though local audiences will have to wait until the 2013-2014 season of the Metropolitan Opera before hearing Two Boys, Q2 is raising its glass in celebration with its trans-Atlantic colleagues to the kaleidoscopic musicality of this enfant prodige. From June 20-24, Q2 presents ENO Does Nico: a five-day festival of Nico Muhly's music, featuring exclusive concerts recorded live in New York, shows hosted by Muhly, videos and introductions by the composer himself to many of his key works.
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Monday, July 11, 2011
My friends, it’s been so long! I’ve missed you all! I’ve been mostly in London and Reykjavik since we last talked, the former city to see Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys (so good) and the latter to record viola things and schvitz. Along the way I played some great little shows, and one of the highlights of my trip was a recital with organist Jamie McVinnie and Nico Muhly at Westminster Abbey.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Nico Muhly's Two Boys, which got its world premiere at English National Opera on Friday, was envisioned as part crime procedural, part online morality tale. Despite a choppy first act, Muhly's gripping music redeems this lurid tale.
Monday, June 20, 2011
On Friday, London's English National Opera gives the world premiere of Two Boys, the first opera by 29-year-old New York composer Nico Muhly. In advance, all this week Q2 presents a five-day festival hosted by Muhly himself.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Joining us from the BBC studios in London in advance of the world premiere of Two Boys, Nico Muhly also takes time to conduct us through a tour of the kaleidoscopic influences behind his already prodigious catalog.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Composer Nico Muhly's new album Seeing is Believing drops June 21, 2011, but until then you can hear it streaming 24/7 on-demand here as part of Q2's partnership with NPR Music's First Listen. Hear the entire album which features world premiere recordings from Thomas Gould and the London-based Aurora Orchestra as well as Muhly's ecstatic arrangements of choral works by William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Though New Yorkers will unfortunately have to wait until the Met Opera's 2013-2014 season to see a local production of Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher's staging of Nico Muhly's first opera, Two Boys (premiering in late June at the English National Opera), it seems like we're now more than ever bombarded with the dark and lurid issues that this complex, cautionary tale raises.
Monday, June 06, 2011
I have always relished the feeling of being “backstage.” There’s a crazy lovely thing that happens when you get to feel a sort of ownership for a huge historical building or site, be it a concert hall, a cathedral or a museum. When I was a little kid, I spent the summers at Tanglewood in the Berkshires, where my parents taught. This was a Tanglewood more or less unchanged from the days of Koussevitzky, where Bernstein and Copland were to be found eating in the cafeteria, and where Seiji Ozawa could be found zooming around in his sports car.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Composer Nico Muhly hosts a witch's brew of selections from the New York Philharmonic CONTACT! New Music series, featuring seven world premieres commissioned by the orchestra.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
It's rare to encounter musicians who are as devoted to teaching as they are to their performing careers -- or vise-versa. Pianist Bruce Brubaker manages to straddle the worlds of performance and pedagogy with equal measure. In this August 9 performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Brubaker gives the New York premiere of a piece by Nico Muhly in addition to works by John Cage, Alvin Curran and Philip Glass.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Today, Benjamin Britten and other 20th Century luminaries. Is there anything better than his Te Deum in C? If you can make it through "...whom that hast redeemed with thy precious blood" without losing your mind, you are more dignified than I.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I live for cheesy mid-century choral music. Today: Herbert Howells and Charles Villiers Stanford.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Today, Henry Purcell and John Blow! Purcell is, I think, the last composer who was allowed to write such unstructured music; his long verse anthems and Te Deum are abstract, meandering and episodic pieces where each little bit of text is its own little étude. I think all of my problems as a composer — and all my delights — can be traced back to these capricious, difficult and charming pieces.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
In conjunction with Obsessive Choral with Nico Muhly, Q2 is pleased to offer a free, limited-time download of the title track from Nico Muhly's new choral album, "A Good Understanding." This track, courtesy of Decca Records, will be available through Sunday, September 19.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Choral music is my first love. Even though my voice broke in 1994, I still return to the emotional landscapes of Byrd, Tallis, Gibbons, Howells and Britten as a sort of home base for all of the music I write. In this four-part series on Q2, we explore a few centuries of (mainly) English choral music, ignoring, as the genre itself suggests, the better part of the 18th and 19th centuries. This is by no means comprehensive, but is, rather, my own strange itinerary through the pieces I adore.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sunday June 28, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots around Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn, the night that galvanized the Gay Rights Movement. To mark the occasion, Evening Music celebrates the significant contributions by gay and lesbian composers to classical and contemporary music. And what contributions! The ...
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Nico Muhly's piece Keep in Touch is performed with the composer on piano and Overnight Music host Nadia Sirota on the viola. The composer describes the work as "a lament, a sort of chaconne divided up into sections by more freely composed cadenzas for the viola."
Friday, March 02, 2007
25-year-old composer Nico Muhly has worked alongside Bjork, and Philip Glass, and has even set Strunk and White's grammar rulebook "Elements of Style" to music. He joins us to talk about curating at the Brooklyn Phil and about his upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall.