‘Prodigious composer on the loose’ (The Times), Nico Muhly marks his arrival for an extensive UK presence this summer with the release of Seeing is Believing on Decca Classics.
Opening with his concerto for electric violin, the young American musician’s third album with Universal Music features soloist Thomas Gould and is written for up and coming UK ensemble the Aurora Orchestra. Recognised as an exceptional talent in contemporary music, Muhly is influenced by the great minimalists, latest electronic fusions and, at the same time, early English choral music. He has worked closely with the widest range of artists, including Bjork, Philip Glass, Anthony and the Johnsons, Grizzly Bear, Jónsi of Sigur Rós, and many more, reaching across musical genres and boundaries.
Marking his arrival in the UK this summer, Seeing is Believing brings together four original compositions and three orchestral arrangements. Recorded under the direction of contemporary music specialist Nicholas Collon, the album will be released on 6 June 2011. Seeing is Believing will be launched with two special concerts by Muhly and the Aurora at King’s Place on 5 and 7 May and will be followed by the premiere of Two Boys at ENO on 24 June.
Weaving in and out of music traditions, Seeing is Believing pairs Muhly's original compositions with three arrangements of vocal works by William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons. Renowned composer John Rutter has lent his expertise for this recording and hears in Muhly’s music "somebody from one century and one continent commenting on a previous century and a previous continent. It's really the old world and the new world interacting in a very exciting way."