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Shimmer: Preview and Fundraiser

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2166 Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94114

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Experience an exclusive preview of Shimmer, D. Riley Nicholson's latest musical work for piano and electronics, in collaboration with visual artist Robby Gilson at The Academy, a new, unique, and vibrant social-club in the heart of historic Castro.

Mingle with the artists, art patrons, and Academy members in support of this dynamic new work. Attendees get access to discounted VIP tickets to the world premiere, a brief presentation by the artists, and a special showing of D. Riley Nicholson and Robby Gilsons' musical/visual collaboration. Refreshments will be available.

$10 General Admission

FREE for Academy Members

6:30pm Doors

7:15pm Preview

Shimmer:

To Shimmer is to reflect a wavering or distorted visual image, to tremolo a fitful aural light. To Shimmer is to flicker and allow the possibility of an object viewed from multiple perspectives simultaneously.

Shimmer is a 45 minute musical work by composer-pianist D. Riley Nicholson for piano and electronics. Riley is working closely with sound artist Zach Miley to record, sculpt, and create an interface suitable for live electro-acoustic performance. Shimmer will be premiered at the Center for New Music on December 3rd by Riley alongside projected visuals created specifically for the event by artist Robby Gilson. Then, in March of 2018, Riley will tour Shimmer across the US.

Riley explores Shimmer as a highly personal verb. We are remembered by how we reflected the light around us. We didn’t create our light, but we do choose to spread and magnify it in a myriad of directions, choosing what to reflect, to absorb, to emit, and to deflect.

The Academy:

The Academy is a new social club and retail space on Market Street in San Francisco’s Castro District, offering lifestyle and design items in an upscale, lounge-style environment.

In addition, The Academy offers special programming and events catering to the unique interests of the Castro community, in collaboration with local nonprofit organizations, neighboring businesses, and leading community members.

D. Riley Nicholson:

D. Riley Nicholson has composed and performed for a wide range of ensembles and performance venues including music for contemporary ballet, theater, orchestral music, wind band, chamber music, vocal music, and electronic music. Riley feels comfortable writing for electric guitar one day and string orchestra the next; his music can be described as metaphorically rich, innovative, and modern, but never inaccessible or overly esoteric.

Fascinated and committed to working with artists outside of music as well as within, collaborations include original music for Hot Air Music Festival, Post:Ballet, Switchboard Music, Ballet Memphis's Cecily Khuner, Three Penny Theater, Cello Street Quartet, Amaranth Quartet, SFCM New Music Ensemble, Balmoral Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Roar, and many other talented artists and organizations.

Riley was the recipient of the Horizons Foundation grant in support of his work One, for large string orchestra, which headlined Hot Air Music Festival on March 6th, 2016. His music has been featured on Not Art Records 2017 Mixtape. Riley has a M.M. in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a B.M. in percussion performance, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Memphis.

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