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Nolan Stolz (b.1981) has composed works for large ensemble, chamber ensemble, solo instruments, voice, and pieces involving electronics. Stolz has a unique compositional voice in the contemporary classical music world: one that is clearly influenced by his performance background in jazz fusion and progressive rock, yet firmly rooted in the contemporary classical tradition. Although the music sounds expressive, natural and raw, the notation is very precise (e.g., the use of microtones and complex rhythms).
His compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and across Europe, including festivals and conferences such as the Academie Internationale d'Ete de Nice (FRANCE), Suolahti International Summer Music Festival (FINLAND), Las Vegas International New Music Festival, North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference, National Flute Association Convention, Oregon Bach Festival, Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, Electroacoustic Juke Joint, eXtensible Electric Guitar Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival, University of Alabama-Huntsville New Music Festival, Music Today Festival, and several regional College Music Society conferences.
Stolz has over 30 works for solo instrument. Impressions of Mt. Charleston(2011) for alto saxophone and electronics was written as a result of a Jackpot Grant from the Nevada Arts Council. What The Waves Tell Me (2009) for cello was awarded the Most Outstanding Student Composition at the College Music Society Northeast conference. Lullaby for Sam (2008) for guitar was commissioned and recorded by guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan and appears on his 2010 release New Lullaby from the Six Strings Sounds label. His Legend of Waianapanapa Caves (2007) was written for violist David Hamano and pianist Alex Le, and was commissioned by the Find a Composer project of the Stony Brook Premieres! concert series at SUNY-Stony Brook. His solo organ piece Ascension to a Memory (2006) was awarded 2nd prize in the New Zealand Association for Organists International Composition Competition.
Stolz has written music for specific ensembles, such as Catharsis II (2009) for the Avery Ensemble (on Millennial Masters Volume 3 from Ablaze Records), And The Wind Cries Jimi (2010) and Burnin' Desire (2011) commissioned by the Alturas Duo, Catharsis II (2009) for the Avery Ensemble, Merritt (2008) for the Yale Brass Trio, and Table for Four (2005) for Fireworks (New York, NY).
His Mini-Concerto for Electric Guitar and Chamber Ensemble (2010) was commissioned and premiered by the Central Connecticut State University Chamber Players, Christopher Ladd soloist. Haystacks for orchestra (2004) was commissioned and performed by the Las Vegas Music Festival Orchestra, George Stelluto conducting. For this composition, Stolz was given the Max DiJulio award. He was given the Youth in America Award for his wind ensemble piece H2Eau (1999) which was premiered by the Milwaukee Concert Band in 2000.
He has composed several vocal works, including two one-act operas. The San Francisco Cabaret Opera performed three scenes from The Touch: A Black Box Opera in 2009. In 2011, Stolz composed Murdered By The Sky (for lyric coloratura soprano and fixed electronic media) for Dr. Michelle Latour to be premiered at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
His electroacoustic works have been performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference (Tempe, AZ 2012), University of Alabama-Huntsville New Music Festival, eXtensible Electric Guitar Festival (Worcester, MA 2008), Electroacoustic Juke Joint (Cleveland, MS 2007), Trinity College Electroacoustic Festival (Hartford, CT 2010), College Music Society-Southern (2012), College Music Society-Pacific Southwest (2012), Three Rivers Community College Humanities Festival (Norwich, CT 2010), Composers Voice concert series (New York, NY 2009, 2012), Brandeis University/Hartt School Exchange (2009), at Dartmouth College (2008), the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (2010, 2012), Florida State University (2012), and at concerts in Eugene, OR (2005-07).How others have described Stolz's music:
Haiku Settings: Winter is a "very impressive and athletic string quartet, reminiscent of
Bartok." -- Sequenza21.com (Galen H. Brown, composer)
And The Wind Cries Jimi is "a beautiful homage to Jimi Hendrix" (un hermoso homenaje) -- El Ciudadano (Chilean newspaper)
The Stolz-Miner collaborative piece Begins, Before, Becomes is "closer to chamber music with elements of opera, but is still filled with the genuine spirit of late sixties' Art-Rock." --- The Uzbekistan Progressive Rock Pages (progressor.net)
Concerto for Electric Guitar and Symphpnic Band "is substantial yet also very accessible ... prog-rock Gershwin" -- Robert Carl, composer
Stolz is a composer and author member of ASCAP. His music is published by Stolen Notes, a publisher member of ASCAP.
Stolz holds a D.M.A. in Composition from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, where he studied with Robert Carl, Larry Alan Smith and Ken Steen. He holds an M.Mus. in Compostion from the University of Oregon where he studied with Robert Kyr and David Crumb. He also holds a B.M. in Composition and a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he studied with Virko Baley.
Stolz has received individual instruction and/or participated in master classes with the following composers:Mark Applebaum, Jennifer Barker, William Bolcom, Paul Chihara, Michael Colgrass, Michael Daugherty, Jed Distler, Osvaldo Golijov, Daron Hagen, Leonid Hrabovsky, Jing-Jing Luo, Vincent McDermott, James Mobberly, Ivan Moody, Pauline Oliveros, Marta Ptaszynska, Roger Reynolds, Bright Sheng, Dorrance Stalvey, Veljio Tormis, Menachem Wiesenberg, Chen Yi
www.myspace.com/nstolz also has sound samples