Monday, May 28, 2012

Nico Muhly: Arranger & Composer

Nico Muhly (born August 26, 1981, in Vermont) is a contemporary classical music composer, who has worked and recorded with classical and pop/rock musicians, including Antony & The Johnsons, Björk, Grizzly Bear, Jónsi (singer/guitarist of Sigur Ros), and The National.

Nico Muhly, not Robert Smith without eye shadow
This playlist is a collection of music that Muhly composed, arranged, remixed or transcripted (Philips Glass's Hours for piano). The first half including songs that showcase his elegantly complex arrangement:

Tracks from Jónsi's debut Go and soundtrack We Bought A Zoo;
Tricks Of The Trade from Danish indie band Mew's album No More Stories...;  
So Far Around The Bend, and two tracks on High Violet by The National;
Four tracks from Grizzly Bear's album Veckatimest;
Three songs by Antony & The Johnsons, including Salt Silver Oxygen, which was composer by Muhly;
Brighton by Dawn Landes, featuring some impressive flute arrangement;
Three tracks from Ane Brun's Changing Of The Seasons;
One track from Doveman's The Conformist.

Second half including his sophomore solo effort Mothertongue; three album on Decca: Seeing Is Believing, A Good Understanding and I Drink The Air Before Me; two works on Analekta's  From Here On Out (which also features works by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry); Detailed Instructions, for Orchestra played by Alan Gilbert and New York Philharmonic; Ta and Clap and Flexible Music for small ensemble; brand new EP Drones & Piano and more.

Get this collection in one Spotify playlist here: Nico Muhly: Arranger & Composer (87 tracks, total time: 7hours) Ctrl (CMD) + G to browse in album view. Photo by Matthew Murphy


  1. Nico Muhly is a cool composer. We bought a zoo is a nice soundtrack. I hope him the best and to compose more :)

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