Nicolas Collins in his first solo performance in Chicago since 1988. The program includes pieces for voice and electronics from Sound Without Picture, as well as Pea Soup and Sled Dog for backwards electric guitar, hacked CD players, computers, electromagnetic fields and feedback.
Nicolas Collins (b.1954, New York, N.Y.) studied composition with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University, worked for several years with David Tudor, and has collaborated with numerous soloists and ensembles worldwide, including Tom Cora, Peter Cusack, Christian Marclay, Ben Neill, Jim O’Rourke, Robert Poss, the Soldier String Quartet and John Zorn. He was a pioneer in the use of microcomputers in live performance, and has made extensive use of home-made electronic circuitry, radio, found sound material and transformed musical instruments. From 1992-95 Collins was visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and in 1996-97 a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. In 1999 he joined the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.