I Drink The Air Before Me is released is in collaboration with Decca Classics who are also releasing A Good Understanding, another stunning album containing Nico Muhly’s music.
[audio:Nico Muhly – Fire Down Below.mp3]Nico Muhly (born August 26, 1981 in Vermont) is a contemporary Western classical music composer, who has worked and recorded with classical and electronica musicians.
Muhly worked in collaboration with Björk on the DVD single “Oceania” in 2004, and he worked with Philip Glass as an editor, conductor, and keyboardist. In 2006, he released his first album of works, titled Speaks Volumes. In 2008, he released his second album, titled Mothertongue.
In 2009, Muhly worked on various classical compositions with the Brooklyn-based indie-folk rock band Grizzly Bear on their third album, Veckatimest, and he worked on Antony and the Johnsons’ album The Crying Light.
[audio:Nico Muhly – First Storm.mp3]“I wanted the ensemble to be a little quirky community of people living by the edge of the sea: a busybody flute, a wise viola, and the masculine, workmanlike bassoon, trombone, and upright bass. The piano acts as an agitator, an unwelcome visitor, bearing with it aggressive electronic noises and rhythmic interruptions.” – Nico Muhly about “I Drink The Air Before Me”
One of the finest modern classical releases of 2010. Digital in Berlin highly Recommended!