Nicholas Rich (b. 1984) is a composer who works at the intersections of music, memory, language, and culture. His output spans multiple genres and media, from traditional chamber ensembles to interactive computer music and laptop orchestras. As a guitarist, he came from a family of musicians who played Country-Western, Bluegrass, Pop, and Rock, and his compositions often carry strong associations with American and British popular music. Rich is a co-founder of Collapss (Collective for Happy Sounds), an experimental music and dance ensemble and one of the premier collaborative art groups in the Southeast. He earned a Master of Music degree at UNCSA, studying with Lawrence Dillon, and a Bachelor of Music at UNCG, studying with Mark Engebretson and Alejandro Rutty. He also studied organ with William Weisser, Joshua Dumbleton, Robert Burns King, André Lash, and Pamela Kane. (www.nicholaserich.com)
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