‘In the Burrow of Science’ by Charles Nichols Premiered, Faculty Members Performed
August 1, 2022
The composition In the Burrow of Science by Charles Nichols, an associate professor in the School of Performing Arts, for soprano, violin, cello, marimba, and video, was premiered in the Squires Recital Salon on May 2 as part of the New Music + Technology Festival by School of Performing Arts faculty members Ariana Wyatt, soprano, John Irrera, violin, and Annie Stevens, marimba, as well as Ben Wyatt, cello.
The piece was based on the research of psychologist Vanessa Diaz with video by artist Zach Duer and commissioned by the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech.
On April 4, Kathleen Supové premiered Nichols’ composition Gamma, for piano and computer, in the 134.4 channel spatial audio system in the Cube of the Moss Arts Center. In addition, his composition Il Prete Rosso, for amplified violin, motion sensor, and computer, was published in June by Blue Griffin Recording on violinist Sarah Plum’s CD titled Personal Noise.