Nicholas Brown (GB, 1974) is an artist-composer, performer and writer. His creative practice is typically audiovisual in nature and his works are often presented through hybrid forms of performance/installation. Much of his creative output is written for the voice, both in contexts of acoustic and computer-mediated music. He has also written an extensive body of concert and film music that has featured in international festivals such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the BBC Promenade Concerts, Haarlem Koorbiennale (NL), the Three Choirs Festival and the UK-with-NY festival in New York.
Nicholas is frequently active as a performer, having conducted his music at venues including Lincoln Center, New York, The National Gallery, Washington D.C. & London’s Barbican Centre and performed as a pianist at venues including Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London. As a writer, he has published articles on the philosophy of music, particularly theories of music & embodiment, and given talks and lectures on the value of artistic expression in the context of daily life.
Recent works include As I Have Now Memoyre (2008), a performance-installation that examines the relationship between singing and memory; The Soul Finds Rest in Unity (2007), a domestic installation that looks at the role of music-making in the the context of everyday life; Five Actions for a Violinist (2007), a video work that harnesses the mechanics of videography to construct a theory of music in terms of physical action; and An Audience with the Trees (2005), an installation for a woodland environment that reworks eighteenth century aesthetics of imitation.
Nicholas Brown was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford University and in New York City, where he studied composition with American composer, Ned Rorem. He has previously held lectureships in music at St Catherine’s College, Oxford; Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London; the University of East Anglia, Norwich and recently served as Director of Performance Studies and Senior Lecturer in Music at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Nicholas currently holds the post of Ussher Assistant Professor of Sonic Arts at Trinity College, Dublin.
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