Critics rarely make news, but Nick Rich is an exception. Recently, flutist Krisztina Dér commissioned Nick for the latest addition to her Flute/Light project.

Krisztina writes, “Nick Rich is a North Carolina-based guitarist, composer, and songwriter. While we were both in the middle of our Master’s studies at UNCSA, he composed his Lennon Variations for the UNCSA flute ensemble: my introduction to his compositional voice. Influenced by his upbringing in a family that played Country-Western, Bluegrass, and Rock, Nick’s music explores the intersections of popular and experimental music. In Lennon Variations, he quoted John Lennon’s ‘Give Peace a Chance,’ fragmenting, overlapping, and percolating the melody through the ensemble as it is slowly transformed into its recognizable, unified self. More recently, he composed a folk-flavored song cycle, Little Simple Song, funded by the Kenan Institute of the Arts.”

Here’s an interview between Krisztina and Nick that addresses the piece and its upcoming premiere at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore County campus.

Interview with Nicholas Rich – and “This is a picture of” PROMO!

And if you’re in the vicinity of the capital on Mar. 29, stop by, check it out, and say hello!

Note: UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8, directly adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, where the Music Box is located — please click here for additional information.

All reprinted with permission of the artists.