|Country||United States of America|
|Categories||Aleatoric, Classical, Jazz|
Born in Los Angeles, California in 1985, Nicholas Urie was a recipient of the first annual ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award at the age of 17. He left Los Angeles to study composition with Bob Brookmeyer in Boston, receiving both bachelors and masters degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Urie’s music has been heard internationally at festivals and concerts in Syria, Spain, England, Germany, Holland, Denmark and the United States. An active conductor, Urie has led both large jazz ensembles as well as full symphony orchestras performing works that range from straight ahead jazz to contemporary classical music.
Urie’s music has been performed by a wide range of musicians including Bob Brookmeyer, Vince Mendoza, Kurt Elling, Chris Speed, Bill McHenry, Dave Samuels, Christine Correa, Dominique Eade, Joe Martin, Bob Moses, the Metropole Orchestra, the Klüvers Big Band, the NDR, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, the Berklee Chamber Orchestra, and the Clazz Ensemble among others.
His debut CD “Excerpts from an Online Dating Service” earned wide critical acclaim. “Urie does not simply blow off the dust of the large jazz ensemble, he sandblasts it off with Uranium.” ⎯ C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz. “Remember his name – judging by the music and scope of Excerpts From An Online Dating Service, Nicholas Urie has a great future.” ⎯ Richard Kamins, Hartford Courant. “If Kurt Weill had lived in the internet age, he may well have conjured something like composer Nicholas Urie’s “Exerpts from An Online Dating Service.” — DownBeat.