Nell Awarded Grant from NYU Steinhardt for Multimedia Project

John MuirMy forthcoming multimedia project Illuminating John Muir’s Yosemite through Music, Video and New Media was recently selected to receive the Undergraduate and Master’s Students Research/Creative Project Award through the Challenge Grant program at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Illuminating John Muir’s Yosemite will be an online installation and live performance weaving together a song cycle for soprano and piano with original video, photographs, and literary selections exploring naturalist John Muir’s experiences in Yosemite National Park at the turn of the 20th century. The audience will be invited to inhabit, re-imagine, re-invigorate, and share in John Muir’s vision of nature as a source of spiritual and creative inspiration.

This summer I will be traveling to Yosemite National Park to collect footage and photographs for this project. Stay tuned for updates!

Beyond the Notes and New Projects and New Looks

BTN screencap

Things have been busy on the web design front. Check out my new mobile-friendly layouts for, composition portfolio, and, home of my online multimedia experiences exploring the visual and performing arts. I’m also excited to share with you two recently completed interactive media projects (below).

The Marin Headlands in Fog

This multimedia installation for the web explores the atmospheric coastal landscape of the Marin Headlands of the San Francisco Bay Area through music and video.

You are invited to choose from nine different viewpoints in the Marin Headlands. Original video footage is looped and accompanied by music I composed for piccolo and piano, performed and recorded in March 2012 at New England Conservatory by Sarah Sullivan and Kristina Nyberg. The immersive format invites focused contemplation of the music and the aesthetic atmosphere of the landscape.

John Heiss on Charles Ives

Artists on Art: John Heiss on Charles Ives examines some of the work of early 20th century American composer Charles Ives through the eyes of John Heiss: a composer, musician, scholar, conductor, and professor at my alma mater, New England Conservatory. My video interview with Professor Heiss in May 2012 at his home in Newton, MA forms the basis of this piece.

John Heiss on Charles Ives is a short web-native or “connected” documentary: it uses the web browser and outside online resources (such as Wikipedia, Spotify, and YouTube) to create a seamless interactive experience giving the viewer jumping-off points to delve in the music and its history.