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PIANIST

CoMPoSER

EDUCAToR

 

We walk into rooms daily. Each one has a different tone, mood, atmosphere, etc., set by it’s contents and surroundings (or lack thereof). Once we step in, we might take a second to assess the space. Are the lights on? Does that coat rack look like a person? Where’s the front desk? Do I feel comfortable here? Is it cold, or is it just me?

I like to think that music exists within spaces; does the sound I hear come from the tops of mountains, or in dark alleyways, or near a laundromat? How do the contents and properties of the room shape the sound? Is it muffled by dozens of couches filling a room, or does it reflect off the waxed marble floor? What if we consider not only notes and their emotive quality, but also how these notes are affected by the space they inhabit?

Can I think of a place (or places) in which this sound would suitably exist? I am fascinated with this mental exercise. Does Bach sound like it would fit better if heard in the Huangshan mountains or in a dressing room of an old abandoned theatre? What about Debussy?

We could boil down this inquiry to one question: “what does the sound I’m making sound like?”

 

Bio

Nicholas Brewer is a Boston-based musical and visual artist. As a pianist, he gave the world premier of Francine Trester’s A Robert Lowry Reader with Leanne Estabrook, soprano. As a composer, he experiments with electroacoustic and free music. Brewer scored a 70-minute modern dance performance with electroacoustic music, performed in Portland, ME at the Portland Stage in 2015. As an educator, Brewer is a committed teaching artist and seeks to incorporate teaching moments into all his performances. He strongly believes that everyone has the capacity to become a great musician, all that is required is awareness, introspection, and exploration.

Obsessed with story and emotion, rather than canonic repertoire, Brewer prefers lesser-known works by composers such as Benjamin Britten, George Crumb, Claude Debussy, Felix Mendelssohn, Alma Mahler, Clara Schumann, Philip Glass, and Chick Corea. In Nicholas Brewer’s eyes, all music can be connected by the pursuit of atmosphere and character; he spends much of his time thinking about how to create more immersive performance environments by using these musical throughlines.  

Brewer sees working with others as the most rewarding form of music making. His recent performances have included stagings of Schubert's Winterreise, movie music retrospectives, and political commentary. He has performed at/in/on the Regattabar in Cambridge, MA; the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music; Pickman Hall at Longy School of Music; the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY; Utica College’s Lunch Hour Series; and Wellin Hall at Hamilton College.

Brewer is also the Webmaster and Social Media manager at the Charles Ives Society, where he develops new projects at CharlesIves.org to help make information on Ives more accessible.

Nicholas Brewer’s teachers include Donald Berman, Benjamin Hochman, and Sar-Shalom Strong. He has been in masterclasses and coachings with Dawn Upshaw, Spencer Myer, the members of Loadbang, Lura Johnson, Tina Lee Hadari, Daniel Doña, Stephen Mayer, Yuri Kim, Geoffrey Burleson, Emanuel Krasovsky, Dmitry Rachmanov, Denis Kozhukhin, Wayman Chin, and Brian Moll.

Brewer's alma mater is Hamilton College, where he studied Computer Science, Music, and Art. Brewer received his Master's degree in Piano Performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College.

PHOTOS BY Dana J. Quigley & Nicholas Brewer

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Contact

Nicholas Brewer is available for performances, accompanying, commissions, piano lessons, coachings, etc.

General Inquiries
nicholas@nobrewer.com

 

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