from ABLAZE AMIDST THE HORNS
released January 30, 2016
Composed by Nick Vasallo
Award-winning composer, sound artist, teacher, vocalist and guitarist, Nick Vasallo is “a composer on a mission and one possessed of a distinctive voice” (Michael Quinn, The Classical Review, 2012). His music exhibits “strokes of genius that blend the density of heavy metal with the harmonics of gamelan, the polyrhythms of taiko, and atonality,” (François Couture, Monsieur Délire, 2012) “…creating new sonic alloys never heard before. Vasallo’s work is a fresh music that may help usher in a new audience for classical music.” (Daniel L. Muñoz, I Care If You Listen, 2014)
Vasallo’s music reveals an eclectic array of influences (metal, experimental, taiko, and spectral music) and his compositions have been internationally performed. His ongoing goal is to hybridize extreme metal with modern classical music. Vasallo often designs sound worlds using acoustic instruments with electronic/digital manipulations. He was the recipient of the 2010 President’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship Award – the first arts student to ever receive that honor. Some of his other awards include: Washington Composers Forum 2015 Award, SFCV Music Educator Award 2013, International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011, MACRO Composition 2011 award, SFCA New Voices 2009 award, David Cope Award 2008, and CSUEB Student Composers 2005 winner.
Vasallo earned his DMA from UC Santa Cruz and is currently Director of Music Industry Studies at Diablo Valley College and Artistic Director for Composers, Inc. He also composes, does lead vocals and plays bass for the modern extreme metal band Oblivion. His music is published by Santa Barbara Music Publishers and released by Innova Recordings and Unique Leader.