Title: Adjunct Instructor
Nate May is a Cincinnati-based composer whose music draws on research and imagination, often treating contemporary issues of place, migration, environment and identity with textural intricacy, rhythmic drive and a taste for repurposed sounds. Raised in Huntington, West Virginia, much of his work stems from a “fascination, love and respect for the people” of Appalachia (Soapbox), including his oratorio State, premiered by singer Kate Wakefield, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir—MUSE, and a percussion ensemble in April 2016, and his monodrama, Dust in the Bottomland—set in present-day West Virginia and sung by lyric bass Andrew Munn—which has been performed 12 times in seven states and broadcast on radio and television. Large-scale collaborations include the world-touring work Spiral by choreographer/dancer Wanjiru Kamuyu and Kalahari Waits, the debut album of indigenous poetry and music trio Khoi Khonnexion, produced during a year in South Africa.
Trained in piano improvisation, he has played in the bands Baby Houdini and Firemaggot and with Anna Roberts-Gevalt of the old-time duo Anna & Elizabeth. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (B.F.A., Jazz and Contemplative Studies) and CCM (M.M., Composition), where he studied with Geri Allen, Ellen Rowe, Stephen Rush, Miguel Roig-Francolí and Michael Fiday. His work has received support from the Telluride Association, ArtsWave, People’s Liberty and the Berea College Appalachian Sound Fellowship.