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2023.8.16 Nathan Parker Smith Composer Spotlight

Nathan Parker Smith


August 16, 2023

Event Type

Composer Spotlight

Chelsea McBride

Event Type Description

Composer Spotlights feature a Presenting Artist outlining compositional concepts contained within their own work by examining score & audio excerpts.


Maximizing Source Material

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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