Nico Muhly

Nico Muhly is a New York-based composer and songwriter. He has collaborated with Björk, the National, Philip Glass, Usher, Antony and the Johnsons and Bonnie “Prince” Billy, among others. You can follow him on Twitter here and visit his website here.

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Like a lot of David’s music, I always think when I hear it “1 day I hope Iwill write something that energetic and beautiful…”

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Bio

Nico Muhly has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organizations including the American Ballet Theater, American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony, percussionist Colin Currie, countertenor Iestyn Davies, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, violinist Hilary Hahn, Gotham Chamber Opera, designer/illustrator Maira Kalman, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, Music- Theatre Group, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Paris Opéra Ballet, soprano Jessica Rivera, The Royal Ballet, Saint Thomas Church in New York City , Seattle Symphony , and artist Conrad Shawcross. Muhly has also lent his skills as performer, arranger and conductor to Antony and the Johnsons, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Doveman, Grizzly Bear, Jónsi of the band Sigur Rós, and Usher. In 2011, Muhly’s first full-scale opera, Two Boys, was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater and the English National Opera. Two Boys, which—with a libretto by Craig Lucas and direction by Bartlett Sher—chronicles the real-life police investigation of an online relationship and ensuing tragedy, premiered in London in spring 2012. A chamber opera, commissioned by the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Music Theatre Group, and the Gotham Chamber Opera premiered in New York in fall 2012. Recently, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Decca released an entire disc of Muhly’s choral music, A Good Understanding. The Aurora Orchestra recorded his Seeing is Believing, released on Decca, and with choreographer Stephen Petronio Muhly created the evening-length I Drink the Air Before Me, which was a joint release between Decca and Bedroom Community. Among Muhly’s most frequent collaborators are his colleagues at Bedroom Community, an artist-run label headed by Icelandic musician Valgeir Sigurðsson. Bedroom Community was inaugurated in 2007 with the release of Muhly’s first album, Speaks Volumes. Since then, Muhly has released a second album, Mothertongue, and worked closely with labelmates Sigurðsson, Ben Frost, and Sam Amidon on their respective solo releases. In 2012, Bedroom Community released Muhly’s three-part Drones, in collaboration with pianist Bruce Brubaker, violinist Pekka Kuusisto, and violist Nadia Sirota - available here: http://nicomuhly.bandcamp.com/album/drones Muhly’s film credits include scores for Joshua (2007), Margaret (2009) and Best Picture nominee The Reader (2008); all have been recorded and released commercially. Born in Vermont in 1981 and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Muhly graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English Literature. In 2004, he received a Masters in Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano. From his sophomore year of college, worked for Philip Glass as a MIDI programmer and editor for six years. His writings and full schedule can be found at www.nicomuhly.com http://www.bedroomcommunity.net/artists/nico_muhly/ Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Talks

Nico Muhly Talks Madonna’s Rebel Heart

By Nico Muhly | December 29, 2015

Nico Muhly Talks Madonna’s Rebel Heart

A lifelong Madonna fan contemplates her new album, the role she had in his life and the role she’s had in everything.

Nico Muhly Talks Madonna’s Rebel Heart

By Nico Muhly | March 10, 2015

Nico Muhly Talks Madonna’s Rebel Heart

A lifelong Madonna fan contemplates her new album, the role she had in his life and the role she’s had in everything.

Nico Muhly Talks Coldplay’s Ghost Stories

By Nico Muhly | May 20, 2014

Nico Muhly Talks Coldplay’s Ghost Stories

I have always liked Coldplay. There is something inherently honest-seeming about their faces, and I liked how once they got paid, they could afford...

Nico Muhly Talks Beyoncé’s Beyoncé

By Nico Muhly | December 19, 2013

Nico Muhly Talks Beyoncé’s Beyoncé

Let me tell you a story about my phone. Four times in the last few years, it has made a certain series of Noises. My current theory is that the...

Nico Muhly Talks 2 Chainz’s B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME

By Nico Muhly | September 24, 2013

Nico Muhly Talks 2 Chainz’s B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME

There is something enormously satisfying about 2 Chainz, and his most recent offering, B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME is concomitantly released with...