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Harmonic Series @ MSRI: Nils Bultmann Duo September 24, 2014 (05:15 PM PDT - 06:15 PM PDT)
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Location: SLMath: Eisenbud Auditorium

Music for One and Two Violas

Nils Bultmann, viola; Charlton Lee, viola




About Nils Bultmann Duo

This concert will feature a series of viola duets from the recently released CD Troubador Blue on Innova Recordings.  Click here for details about the recording: http://www.innova.mu/albums/nils-bultmann/troubadour-blue.


About Nils Bultmann

Nils Bultmann is a violist, improviser, and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Active as a performer in the United States and Europe, he plays both classical as well as contemporary repertoire. He is also involved in collaborative projects including dance, video, and avant-garde improvised music. He has generated an expansive body of work in the recording studio, including solo and multi-track viola music as well as collaborative and improvised musical textures.  He also writes traditional through-composed works for solo instruments, string quartets, and orchestra.

Nils was born in Houston Texas to a German father and an American mother and was raised in Madison, WI. He also often traveled in Germany. His mother introduced him to music and he began to study viola and piano at age ten. Nils received his B.A. from the University of Madison-Wisconsin on a music scholarship, studying viola performance with Sally Chisholm.

He briefly explored the path of an orchestral violist, participating for two years in the New World Symphony under conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas in Miami Beach. Since then he has turned his focus towards composition and improvisation, performing in diverse settings with Indian classical musicians, electronic DJs , and contemporary dance companies. He self-produced and recorded two solo CDs of his own multi-track compositions, “Forgiveness”  and “Terminally Unique” (Mutable Music) and was featured as a member of the Transatlantic Art Ensemble performing new works by jazz Saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and Evan Parker released on ECM records. Recently he premiered the solo viola piece "9-9-09" written for him by Roscoe Mitchell and recorded for the Rogue Art label. He was recently awarded the Aaron Copland Recording Grant for the recording and release of his acoustic works on Innova records including his series of viola duets with Hank Dutt of the Kronos Quartet.

Nils recently completed his PHD in music composition at UC Berkeley, where he worked with David Wessel and Edmund Campion at the Center for New Music and Technology creating interactive works and video installation pieces. His multi-media work focuses on combining diverse live performances often recorded in unconventional settings with musicians of a wide variety of backgrounds.


About Charlton Lee

Charlton Lee is the founder of the Del Sol String Quartet and has toured North America, Mexico and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. He is sought after as an educator, chamber music coach, and jurist, with teaching experience at San Francisco State University, San Francisco School of the Arts, Steamboat Springs and Oaxaca music festivals, and he coaches regularly for Chamber Musicians of Northern California and the Symphony of the Redwoods. Lee teams up with his wife, Eva-Maria Zimmermann, to perform duo pieces for viola and piano. He created and performed the music for the award winning short film, “Red, White, Blue, and Yellow,” and also has collaborated with diverse artists such as Gavin Bryars, Tin Hat Trio, and Ben Levy Dance Company. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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