Nicole Gutman is known for using music and interdisciplinary collaboration to collectively send a message to an audience. Almost all her music tells a story or conveys a physical or emotional setting through onomatopoeia and theatrical direction executed by the musicians.
Right now, Nicole is exploring the idea of using her work to prompt the audience to think a little deeper more about the world they live in. A piece that Nicole has recently completed and is now recording is 7 Banned Words for voice and vibraphone, commenting on the absence of the 7 words banned by the HHS in December 2017.
Nicole has worked with leading ensembles including the Mivos Quartet, Loadbang Ensemble, EnsembleNewSRQ, the JACK Quartet, SŌ Percussion, and Yarn/Wire. She is currently working on a commission for Cathartic Conundrum setting T. S. Elliot’s The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock to music and spoken word.
As a soprano and has performed in some of her own compositions, including her A Cappella Arias and Humanity: The Experience and Development Thereof. She has also performed in Amid the Noise by Jason Treuning, Arboritum by Robert Morris and the premiere of String Quartet by Daniel Gostelow.
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Lewis Nielson and Josh Levine. Other teachers include; composition/electronic music — Aaron Helgeson, Tom Lopez, Joo Wan Park, Sam Pluta, Sky Macklay, and Craig Levesque; voice — Perri Montane, Nicole Levesque, Tracy Chebra and Danielle Sinclair; art/video — Donald Harvey, Sam Pluta, and Susan Bleignier.