for Piano and Electronics

by D. Riley Nicholson

world premiere

Sunday, Jan 28th, 2018 — 3pm
Monday, Jan 29th, 2018 — 8pm
Center for New Music
55 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA

To shimmer is to reflect a wavering or distorted visual image, to tremolo a fitful light. There’s some beautiful distortion or distance between where an object is and where its image is.

A Full-length Musical and Visual Production

Shimmer is a 50-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 by Riley alongside projected visuals created specifically for the event by artist Robby Gilson. Then, in March of 2018, Nicholson will tour Shimmer across the U.S.

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.


Riley creates ambitious works full of emotional depth that feel utterly contemporary, yet with a clear lineage into musical history. Even more importantly, Riley is a composer who looks ‘horizontally,’ at the artists and art forms of our time, across styles and genre lines, which deeply enriches his artistic voice.
— Ryan Brown, Switchboard Music