Niccolo Seligmann performs, composes, and improvises music that proves the past is still with us. They play over fifty acoustic instruments that span continents, centuries, and social classes; and code their own software instruments from scratch. As part of their 2020 Strathmore Artist-in-Residence program, Niccolo released their debut album, Kinship (released Split Log Productions, February 2020), using solo viola da gamba improvisation as a tool of multispecies resistance against the Anthropocene’s entangled systems of domination. You can hear them perform on viola da gamba, vielle, and more on the soundtracks of award-winning PC game Civilization VI, 2017 feature film Papillon, and many others. Niccolo is a founding member of Alkemie, and performs frequently with The Broken Consort, Hesperus, Washington Bach Consort, Wherligig, and many others. Niccolo’s second original opera, Julie, Monster: A Queer Baroque Opera, premiered, both in-person and streaming, in December 2021 in Richmond, VA. They have performed across North America and Europe, fondly recalling concerts at the Kennedy Center, in a bustling plaza in Nogales, Mexico, and inside a 2,000-year-old Northern California redwood tree. They hold a degree in viola da gamba performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.
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