Release Date: Nov 20, 2012
Record label: Bedroom Community
Genre(s): Electronic, Classical, Avant-Garde, Modern Composition, Avant-Garde Music
In popular music circles, Nico Muhly is best known as an arranger, pianist, and collaborator, given his work with everyone from Björk and Ane Brun to Antony Hegarty, Bonnie Prince Billy, and Usher, just to name a few. Of course, this is only a small part of his identity. Muhly is also an internationally renowned composer. He has collaborated with Philip Glass, written film scores, choral and chamber works, and has issued a trio of albums on the Bedroom Community label.
Indie-classical composer Nico Muhly's pieces feel like a series of archly posed questions. In their formal inventiveness, love of blank space, and haiku-like neatness, they arouse the part of your brain that suspects it's being outsmarted. Even if you're rarely shaken listening to Muhly, you're usually intrigued: To feel your intellect being playfully, patiently tested, as if he is circling your mind and kicking its tires, can be a wonderfully maddening experience.