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Sam Nichols, composer

Sam Nichols is a composer who lives and works in Northern California.

upcoming events

fall, 2017
Composer/violist Kurt Rohde will premiere a new piece I'm writing for him.

this year
I'm writing a new piece for cellist David Russell.

fall, 2018
ensemble mis-en will premiere What It Is Not, a new piece I'm writing for them, in collaboration with artist Robin Hill at their venue in Bushwick.

recent events

March 18 and 21, 2017
Violinist Anna Presler premiered my new piece in zwei farben for violin and electronics, in concerts with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble at the Berkeley Piano Club and the San Francisco Conservatory.

January 26, 2017
Violinist Anna Presler played ghost walk echo/drone song switch for violin and electronics, at the new Pitzer Center at UC Davis.

November 10, 2016
Violinist Anna Presler performed ghost walk echo/drone song switch, two new pieces I wrote for her, for violin and electronics, at the Festival of New American Music.

November 3, 2016
Anna Presler played ghost walk echo for violin and electronics, at a concert the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble gave at the Center for Arts & Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

July 9, 2016
Violinist Ben Kreith and I performed Pierre Boulez's Anthèmes 2, as part of the sfSoundFestival at the Gray Area / Grand Theater in SF.

June, 2016
Cellist David Russell played Monkey Fist during Music at Salem's Cello Seminar.

November 21, 2015
David Russell and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra (Christian Baldini, music director) premiered my cello concerto, This Is Not a Toy for a Child.

June 13, 2015
Iktus Percussion premiered disjecta membra no. 3, as part of the mise-en music festival 2015, in New York.

May 23, 2015
The Mivos Quartet played Refuge at the DiMenna Center, presented by the League of Composers/ISCM.

May 16, 2015
Percussionist Ian Marci premiered disjecta membra no. 2a for bass drum and electronics, at UC Davis.

January 27-31, 2015
An event I helped curate and organize: the Music and Words Festival at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

January 16, 2015
Performing Kurt Rohde's ...maestoso...misterioso... with Kurt Rohde and Anna Presler of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, as part of new music gathering 2015, at San Francisco Conservatory.

January 11, 2015
Appearance with Ben Kreith, violin, performing Boulez's Anthèmes 2, as part of the San Francisco Tape Music Festival, at the Victoria Theatre.