Multi-instrumentalist, Nathan Kolosko performs and composes music that is both original and eclectic. Music that embraces a wide breadth of repertoire and genres, while melding ancient traditions with contemporary approaches and sensibilities. His compositions have been performed and recorded by musicians around the globe and are currently published by Doberman-Yppan & Productions D'Oz.
Nathan's recordings have gained the attention of numerous critics. "A high-octane agenda from a guitarist with the skill, imagination, and confidence to bring it alive." - Classical Guitar, London. Collaboration is a source of inspiration for Nathan. His collaborators have included musicians Carl Dimow and Dan Cosley, visual/performance artist Ling-Wen Tsai, and the middle eastern ensemble Zapion.
Nathan has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including grants from the Allied Arts Foundation and D'Addario Strings and the Maine Arts Commission. Nathan is a dedicated teacher, devoted to helping his students achieve their own personal musical goals. Nathan has taught private and group lessons for over 25 years on topics ranging from Classical Guitar to the music of The Beatles. He has published several pedagogical works and composed numerous compositions specific to his students needs.
Zapion will be recording The Fertile Crescent Project later this year, made possible by the Maine Arts Commission.
This recording project will represent the rich and varied musical cultures of the region. The recording will be performed on authentic ethnic instruments with particular attention given to the interpretive practices unique to each genre.
Zapion looks to not only entertain, but educate their audiences with regard to the artistic depth and nuance this music contains. The recording will be accompanied by extensive writing on the regional history and cultural background of the music. Information will also be provided on the structure and idiosyncrasies of these musical traditions.
Not your average book of duets. This collection of pieces is intended for the beginning reader. The duets progress from simple rhythms on open strings to playing complete melodies using first position notes on the first three strings.
New notes, rhythms, dynamics, articulations, and formal structures are introduced throughout the collection. The book culminates in pieces that are recital worthy and fun to play. Dedicated students finish this collection with basic reading skills, a mastery of essential rhythms and meters, and a thoughtful and artistic approach to their music making. Twenty duets in total. (16-pages)
I am always on the lookout for good entry level ensemble pieces. It can be a challenge to find works that are accessible, enjoyable and level appropriate for all the players involved. The Instant Ensemble Series looks to meet all these criteria. The ensembles are written around solo guitar compositions that are part of the staple repertoire for any classical guitar student. I have written string parts that now place these solo works for guitar in the role of accompaniment.
This series contains both quartet and duet editions. The quartet edition has unique parts written for all instruments. The duet version contains an arrangement of the melody for each individual string instrument.
This extremely versatile collection of music that can be used in many settings with a number of different instruments. The violin part can be substituted with flute or even a second guitar. Parts can be doubled or even played by larger ensembles such as a string orchestra. The possibilities are numerous.
I hope you enjoy these works and have great success in your endeavors !
Nathan Kolosko 2017
Where: First Parish Church,
When: February 23rd 12:00 noon, donation suggested
Three Curiosities - Nathan Kolosko (2012)
Hungarian Trio - Nathan Kolosko (2011)
Dénouement - Nathan Kolosko (2011)
by Nathan Kolosko
In recent times there is one composer whose name keeps making an occasional appearance in my review package and that is the American guitarist Nathan Kolosko. In my experience of playing through his music I have never once been even slightly disappointed by his skilful compositions and arrangements and in fact his Dreaming By the Stream (from the four-movement piece Songs from Formosa) has become a firm favourite of mine to perform.
Animus Reus is probably going to knock Dreaming By the Stream off its pedestal as this has to be one of the most beautiful and emotionally moving solo guitar pieces I’ve come across in many a year.
Apparently it was composed as a gift for four friends of the composer who had gone through some life challenges and this is well reflected in this slow, lyrical and very expressive composition. The relatively rare tuning of 6th string to low C gives Kolosko the opportunity to obtain wonderfully rich textures throughout the work. This soulful piece would move the most hardened of hearts and I can well imagine it having a stunning impact if used perhaps as an alternative calm encore item.
Technically it would be manageable for the Grade 5-6 player.
Steve Marsh (Classical Guitar Magazine)
TONADILLA for solo guitar
by Nathan Kolosko
Starting with a brief, but arresting, introduction of a slightly dark nature with Spanish undertones, Tonadilla soon gets underway with a doubling up of tempo and grows from a delicate melodic line performed in harmonics into a more substantial composition where, eventually things hot up with the odd rasgueado and cascading triplets culminating in a short and tranquil echo of the beginning of the work before an explosive brief bit of strumming concludes the piece abruptly.
Throughout Kolosko utilises some splendid harmonies and good melodic invention reminiscent of the likes of Granados and Turina.
The piece is good enough to be included in any formal concert repertoire although placement in the programme may be restricted due to the piece’s brevity.
A well presented publication, neatly fingered and of around the Higher-Intermediate standard.
Steve Marsh (Classical Guitar Magazine)