Nathan Davis


Limn for bass flute, contrabass flute and electronics (2015)




Nathan Davis "writes music that deals deftly and poetically with timbre and sonority" (NYTimes), and has been commissioned by International Contemporary Ensemble, Calder Quartet, Yarn/Wire, La Jolla Symphony Chorus, Steven Schick, Donaueschinger Musiktage, and the Ojai Festival (with sound sculptor Trimpin), Lincoln Center presented the premiere of Nathan's landmark work Bells; other performances at Carnegie Hall, Mostly Mozart Festival, Park Avenue Armory, Miller Theatre, LPR, Roulette, Spoleto USA, Darmstadt, Helsinki Musica Nova, and Acht Brücken Köln. He has received awards from Meet The Composer, Fromm Foundation, Copland Fund, Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, and MATA. He and Phyllis Chen won an Innovative Theater Award for their score to Sylvia Milo's The Other Mozart. CDs include The Bright and Hollow Sky, one of TimeOut NY's top 5 classical albums of 2011. (www.nathandavis.com)




Limn for bass flute, contrabass flute and electronics 

Written for Claire Chase for bass and contrabass flute, Limn intimates the instrument by illuminating its edges. Its primary materials are whistle tones - fragile and unstable sounds that dance around the overtone series of a phantom fundamental - and key mechanics, both fluttering and brutal. These are sewn together with Claire's voice, aspirated and exhaled, and extended with electronic processing.