Today I'd like to introduce you to Nahre Sol, with her beautiful composition Empty Rituals, from her debut album 'Alice in Wonderland'. I came across her music down a YouTube rabbit hole one day and was instantly enthralled by it as well as her enthusiasm, music knowledge and her exceptional skill as a pianist.
Nahre performs, composes and teaches an eclectic mixture of music that draws from aspects of improvisation, the avant-garde, traditional Western forms and harmony, jazz, and minimalism.
She has a wonderful YouTube channel where she shares her distinct perspective as a classically-trained pianist with an insatiable appetite for new ideas about music theory, harmony, practicing, and composition. Her channel encompasses piano technique, music theory and composition (if any of those topics interest you I really recommend checking it out).
She has a great series called "How to Sound Like" where she discusses aspects of the composition techniques and stylistic elements of the great composers such as Debussy, Chopin, Liszt etc. She also has several documentaries where she shares excursions around the world exploring the various genres she explores for her own interest and work. I have learnt so much from her channel and I'm constantly astounded by her skill and knowledge.
Nahre Sol holds degrees from The Juilliard School and The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed at venues across North America and Europe, including The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Gusman Theatre in Miami, in addition to numerous spaces in Canada, France, Holland, Italy, Poland, and Germany.
In 2013 she was a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Grant, which enabled her to study in Paris under Gabriel Tacchino and Narcis Bonet, pupils of Francis Poulenc and Nadia Boulanger.
Nahre's music has been premiered in New York City, Buenos Aires, Paris, and Toronto by artists such as Julian Martin, Han Chen, Jaewon Bang, Jeremy Smith, and Griffin McMahon.
She has also given performances, masterclasses, and talks at institutions such as the Carnegie Mellon University, Boston University, Syracuse University, University of Costa Rica, the Westben Performer-Composer Residency, and the Millbrook School. In 2019-2020, she was the co-host of Sound Field, a music channel by PBS Digital Studios alongside drummer L.A. Buckner.
In 2020, she released her debut album of original works for keyboard, “Alice in Wonderland” that features a mix of compositions for solo piano, synthesizers, and prepared piano.