A composer who cares if you listen
Nathan Scalise blends the rhythmic drive of rock, the direct expression of folk, the formal considerations of classical music, and the ecstatic emotion of gospel into an accessible and individual compositional voice. His music has been performed professionally by artists including Contemporaneous, the Momenta Quartet, the Ajax Quartet, 3G Percussion, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Modern Medieval Trio, Dolce Suono Trio, Out of Bounds Ensemble, Contemporary Columbus, Angela Collier-Reynolds, Paul Neebe, and Orchestra 2001, and at festivals including Fresh Inc, Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy, Charlotte New Music Festival, and Space City New Music Festival. Always interested in composing for new contexts, his works include church music, jazz ensemble pieces, and musical theater, performed by a range of large and small amateur and student ensembles.
In addition to compositional activities, he performs frequently as a trombonist, pianist, and drummer. A native of Brewster, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, Nathan holds an M.M. in Composition from Binghamton University, where he studied composition with Daniel Thomas Davis and trombone with Don Robertson, as well as B.A.s in Music and Economics from Swarthmore College, where he studied composition with Gerald Levinson, trombone with Paul Arbogast, and piano with Hans Lüdemann. When not doing something musical, he is likely to be running, playing basketball, or cheering loudly for Boston sports teams.
Photo Credit: Barbara Wolfe