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Forum Series: Faster, Louder: When Heavy Metal and Classical Music Collide

  • Steven Baxter Recital Studio 3 Conservatory Drive Singapore Singapore (map)


Dr. Nick Omiccioli shares his experiences as a headbanger in a classical musician’s world and how his compositional voice has developed out of his love for metal music. This presentation will focus on Omiccioli’s compositional processes regarding non-octave repeating scales, non-diatonic triads, proportions, and translating the heavy metal idiom into a contemporary classical music setting through push/pull, a work scored for chamber ensemble.
Omiccioli (b.1982) is a composer and electric guitarist. His works are often characterized by visceral musical gestures, driving rhythms, animated textures, melodic hooks, and improvisation. Dr. Nick’s music has been performed across Europe, Asia, and throughout North America. He has composed for some of the leading ensembles of today such as Alarm Will Sound, The Berkeley Symphony, the Jasper String Quartet, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l’Orchestre de la francophonie, and Ensemble Paramirabo. Nick has been awarded many national and international honors, including residencies at Copland House, Willapa Bay, Domain Forget, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.