Nicole Gutman is a composer known for incorporating theater and interdisciplinary collaboration into her music. Narrative and nature are her primary inspirations. Almost all her music tells a story or conveys a physical or emotional setting through onomatopoeia and theatrical direction executed by the musicians.
Nicole’s most recent premiere, The Akosta Cats, featuring herself on voice and Beth Parades on piano, was inspired by the stray cats on her street. This piece uses vocaleses, chromatic piano clusters, percussion noises made by the pianist, musique concrette, narrative through text, and narrative through sound to depict the daily lives of these cats.
Nicole has worked with leading ensembles including the Mivos Quartet, EnsembleNewSRQ, the JACK Quartet, SŌ Percussion, and Yarn/Wire. She is currently working on a commission for Nick Samuel, Anais Azul, and Jesse Colford setting T. S. Elliot’s The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock to music and spoken word.
Nicole is also 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.