This page catalogues a selection of individual pieces by Rebecca Bryant and Don Nichols, as well as their collaborations with each other and other artists.

REBECCA BRYANT, DANCE

Suite Female Part I (2010)
Suite Female Part II-VIII (2010)
A Moment of Danger (2010)
[SPECIMENS] (2009)
errorists (2005)
DON NICHOLS, MUSIC

Black Sparrow I
Black Sparrow II
Cloudy But Sunny - Trio Version
Cloudy But Sunny - Solo Version
Another Border Crossing
Mergers III
North Star Boogaloo
Black Sparrow I Excerpt 1 of Don Nichols performing at the Black Sparrow July 19, 2010. This is a new piece for percussion, live video, and both live and pre-recorded sound. The video filters the live performance based on the sound captured live. Similarly, the live sound is captured, manipulated and mixed with the pre-recorded and acoustic sound.



Black Sparrow II Excerpt 2 of Don Nichols performing at the Black Sparrow July 19, 2010. This is a new piece for percussion, live video, and both live and pre-recorded sound. The video filters the live performance based on the sound captured live. Similarly, the live sound is captured, manipulated and mixed with the pre-recorded and acoustic sound. Thanks to Paul, Chris and Don for the recording assistance at the Sparrow.



Cloudy But Sunny - Trio Version Cloudy But Sunny - Trio Version
9 min highlights from a trio in which each percussionist follows, in real time, a local half-hour newscast that aired at the same time and in the same city. The newscast is broken up in segments, each one receiving its own treatment by live performer, video and recorded audio. For example, the male newscaster's speech is played precisely by the percussionists on a chosen instrument whenever he speaks. What we hear are the words 'spoken' through the instruments. Performing are Greg Stuart, Don Nichols and Ross Karre.

Cloudy But Sunny - Solo Version CBS is a solo for performer, video and pre-recorded sound. Recorded May 2010. The performer plays through an abbreviated 1/2 hour local newscast, which is divided into sections. Each section receives a specific visual and sonic treatment, as well as guidelines for the live performer. For example, the soloist plays the speech rhythms of the news anchor whenever he is speaking--following a transcript of his speech and listening via headphones. The ending of this piece has been truncated due to length.

Another Border Crossing Another Border Crossing combines traditional Persian Radif with Iranian Newscaster Speech. The percussionist, Don Nichols, plays the rhythms of the newscaster on the tombak--a Persian drum. The rhythms, idiosyncrasies, pacing and inflections of the Iranian newscaster must be intricately translated onto the drum. As a result, the drum both 'speaks' the news and juxtaposes itself into a traditional musical setting. This was a part of his Breaking News program that combines percussion and television news. Recorded live in 2008.

Mergers III This is one in a collection of 3 interactive environments for percussion, video and sound. The performer alternates between a small table of percussion instruments and a modified, stripped-down drum set. His attacks on the instruments are monitored by computer and influence the colors of his filtered image.

North Star Boogaloo Excerpts from North Star Boogaloo Percussion solo by George Lewis. Set to text created and read by Quincy Troupe.


SOUND SAMPLES

Percussion/Acoustic Works

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Track Descriptions
1. Rebonds b excerpt - Iannis Xenakis. Percussion solo

2. Rebonds a excerpt - Iannis Xenakis. Percussion solo

3. Plockepinn - Anders Åstrand. Multiple percussion solo written for Don Nichols

4. Near, Far, Close -Don Nichols. Original percussion solo multi-tracked in three parts.

5. yet untitled - Don Nichols. Prepared snare drum, bass drum and hi hat

6. Rogosanti excerpt - James Wood. Percussion solo

7. Thirteen Drums excerpt - Maki Ishii. Percussion solo

--Tracks from the Danny Weiss Quartet CD "Here & Now"--

8. Here

9. By George

10. And You

11. The Approach

Electronic & Electro-acoustic Works

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Track Descriptions
1. Minow Swimming Upstream by Don Nichols -- in 1961 FCC Chairman Newton Minow addressed TV producers and other network excecutives with his famous "vast wasteland" speech. This is an audio collage that adds a contemporary commentary on his persistently relevant ideas

2. Church Car by Charles Amirkhanian -- both parts being spoken by don nichols in a multi-tracked re-construction

3. Debate 08 by Don Nichols -- an audio collage, comprised of radio news reports in 10 different languages, creates the rhythmic material for various collections of percussion instruments. The collage plays once in its entirety while the percussion ocassionally shadows the voices. Then the collage repeats, but this time all the voices are replaced by the percussion sounds.

4. ascention 3 (right place) by Don Nichols -- a real-time radio improvisation