Reconstruct: A Concert from Nico Simonian

by Nico Simonian

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about

This is the recording of my undergraduate composition recital, which took place on 26 May 2014 in my backyard.

There are three distinct sections: 1. Build (tracks 2-5), 2. Break Down (tracks 6-9), and 3. Reconstruct (tracks 10-11).

The video can be found here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mzNiTBfIQY&list=PLtdrgwnu98Il1BnsZunPFxL5hM1iH09yh

And here are the selected notes:

Please Stop (2014)
I wrote a Max patch that plays samples at different times, speeds, and dynamics. Using this as a backdrop, I used a program to randomize lyrics, so I can choose and improvise from those.

Ice Blocks (2009-10)
Written in my first year of college for my high school band, Team Awesome & the Style: the peak of my indie pop music.

Gracie Maye (2011)
One of a set of humorous love songs written for my classmates in Music Theory. Unfortunately, this is the only surviving song, I cannot find the others.

Jackson Piano Music (2012)
I spent the summer of 2012 writing music in technological isolation in Jackson, CA. I attempted to reinvent my music, and these piano pieces represent the style of improvisation I explored.

Over an Ocean (2012-13)
The culmination of my endeavors to express the ocean and my depression.

Dance & Fade (2013)
My attempt at accepting impermanence. I resonated with a Yoruba phrase describing our world as one that chips like pottery.

credits

released June 18, 2014

A very special thanks to sound engineer Robin Whitehouse, who did admirable work on everything electrical in the concert.

Thanks to the many musicians who joined me, listed here alphabetically:

Corey Abraham
David H. Anthony III
Josh Baker
Andre Crabb
Devin Erbay
Matthew Fisherkeller
Aimee Hamel
Terre Lee
Sarah Lindmark
Aiden McKee
Alex Mitroff
Alexis Olsen
Miles Parvaresh
Ittai Rosenbaum
Jake Thornton
Chris Weir

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Nico Simonian is a musician and composer in Oakland, CA.

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