Composers Among Us: Nicole Lizée

March 9, 2018, 10:00 pm

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Nicole Lizée
Nicole Lizée transforms traditional audio sources into masterpieces

JUNO-nominated composer Nicole Lizée creates new music from an eclectic mix of influences including the earliest MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and 1960s modernism. She is fascinated by the glitches made by outmoded and well-worn technology and captures these glitches, notates them and integrates them into live performance. Nicole’s compositions range from works for orchestra and solo turntablist, featuring DJ techniques fully notated and integrated into a concert music setting, to other unorthodox instrument combinations that include the Atari 2600 video game console, omnichords, and stylophones just to name a few. This episode explores her thirty years of composing.


All works composed by Nicole Lizée

Stéphane Tétreault, cello; Paolo Kapunan [DJ Love], Turntables

Death to Kosmische*
Kronos Quartet
*Recorded by New York Public Radio’s New Sounds at The Greene Space

White Label Experiment              
Sō Percussion; Nicole Lizée, turntables & omnichord

Hitchcock Études
Megumi Masaki, piano & background vocals