Bio

Nate Trier is a composer and pianist who creates meditative and abrasive electro-acoustic ambient music.


SHORT BIO
Dubbed a “Rosetta Stone” by the New Haven Independent for making atonal music accessible, Nate Trier is a composer, improviser, and recording artist who creates lyrical melodies with piano and accordion that alight on churning soundscapes of buzzes, hums, and crackling static. French new-music website L’Autre Musique featured his approach to music notation as an exemplar of “new forms of writing sound and music distant from the traditional Western scoring.” The 48th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt distributed a recording of his music to participants. Trier also curated and performed 15 one-minute
graphic scores as part of New York City-based Composer’s Voice “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” series.

Trier unifies his disparate influences in jazz improvisation, classical counterpoint, and noise music into a style of music that begins with a conceptual motive and unfolds out into a complete piece. At times it may remind the listener of Erik Satie, spectralism, and ‘90’s industrial hip-hop. Ultimately, Trier’s music embodies the spirit of improvisation within a framework free of tonality and, at times, pitch.


LONG BIO
Dubbed a “Rosetta Stone” by the New Haven Independent for making atonal music accessible, Nate Trier is a composer, improviser, and recording artist who creates lyrical melodies with piano and accordion that alight on churning soundscapes of buzzes, hums, and crackling static. French new-music website L’Autre Musique featured his approach to music notation as an exemplar of “new forms of writing sound and music distant from the traditional Western scoring.” The 48th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt distributed a recording of his music to participants. Trier also curated and performed 15 one-minute
graphic scores as part of New York City-based Composer’s Voice “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” series.

Trier credits his sound to La Monte Young’s prose score that instructs, “Draw a straight line and follow it.” Taking this as a compositional mantra, Trier unified his disparate influences in jazz improvisation, classical counterpoint, and noise music into a style of music that begins with a conceptual motive and unfolds out into a complete piece. At times it may remind the listener of Erik Satie, spectralism, and ‘90’s industrial hip-hop. Ultimately, Trier’s music embodies the spirit of improvisation within a framework free of tonality and, at times, pitch.

As a performer, Trier is an in-demand keyboardist in several genres; he has, at various points, performed ska-jazz, roots country, progressive metal, noise music, and showtunes from the American songbook.

When not composing, Trier can be teaching music theory and composition at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, where he also leads the choir and jazz band.

Currently, Trier is assembling music for his third full album, “Longtones,” which will feature his “reactive piano,” built in Max/MSP and Ableton Live.

Trier’s primary studies were with Diane Moser at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he earned an MFA in Music Composition. He has also studied with Annie Gosfield, Osnat Netzer, Istvan B’Racz and Ravi Krishnaswami.

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