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2023.7.27 Nathan Parker Smith Mini-Lesson

Nathan Parker Smith


July 27, 2023

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Daniel Jamieson

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Each week we upload a free Mini-Lesson to our YouTube channel featuring one of our Presenting Artists.


Composer and bandleader Nathan Parker Smith discusses how composing in mixed meter and odd time signatures can add excitement, create interest, and engage and surprise your listeners using pieces from his large ensemble album “Not Dark Yet.”

About the Presenting Artists(s)

A native of Northern California, Nathan Parker Smith is an active performer and composer currently residing in Rochester, New York. His compositions span a variety of instrumentation, genre, and media. Recent projects include music for the short films “Story” and “The Writer” directed by Andrew Ondrejcak, an hour long solo piano composition and performance for theater entitled “Landscape with Figures” in New Orleans and concert band compositions for the International School of Luxembourg. His large ensemble’s album Not Dark Yet has been described by Timeout New York as “muscular and bracingly intricate” and as “blockbuster, even bruising, music with little respite on the program” by Richard B. Kamins. The group has been noted for their unapologetically aggressive and engaging style, heavily informed by European heavy metal, 20th century classical composition and progressive rock.

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