Music for Calm & Catharsis
‘Music for Calm and Catharsis’ is an album of short works written to make the listener feel. Music is so insurmountably powerful, it has the ability to raise our heart rate, make us tap our feet, smile through darkness and laugh even in the most inappropriate of settings. These works reflect the efforts of Natalie Nicolas as a composer in her PhD studies, in harnessing the technical aspects of music-creation, in order to help people feel calm and or cathartic. She shares, “I only hope that you may feel excited, happy, relaxed, relieved… whatever your body needs in the moment.”
Sydney composer, PhD candidate, and music educator Natalie Nicolas completed her Master of Music (Composition) degree under scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Nicolas is a tutor and lecturer at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the 2021 Composer in Residence at Loreto Normanhurst, vocalist/pianist in gigs, and owns/runs a piano tuition school. She has written for artists such as the Australian String Quartet, Claire Edwardes, the Goldner String Quartet, the Muses Trio, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and others.