Nicolas Collins: Pea soup / Nuthatch

concert / sound installation
Saint Bernard chapel / Granary
Plasy, Limbo II

two works for Plasy Monastery

Limbo II Festival, June 19 - 22, 1999, installation and concert

Entarctic Shelf Festival: June 27 - July 3, 1995 - curator


Nicolas Collins participated in the almost last event of the CMM Plasy with the site specific sound installation "Nuthatch" in the attic of the granary. and a duo performance with George Cremaschi, using feedback in the St. Benedict chapel, recorded by Heinz Weber and published in 2004 as a cd.

New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins (1954) studied composition with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University, worked for many years with David Tudor, and has collaborated with numerous soloist and ensembles around the world. He lived most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin.

Since 1997 Collins has been editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal, and since 1999, a Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The second edition of his book, Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking, was published by Routledge in 2009. Collins has the dubious distinction of having played at both CBGBs and the Concertgebouw.