photo: Veronika Paluch

Inspired by Christian iconography, Nathan Ball’s compositions place an emphasis on the music’s ability to propose emotional narratives by layering and/or juxtaposing simple musical ideas, or “sonic icons.” This approach to composition — praised by the Boston Globe as “adroit and expressively efficient” — stresses the relationship between disparate musical ideas, which the audience is invited to reconcile of their own accord. And while the narrative journeys of Ball’s compositions can thus be as varied as humanity itself, the subject of each work points only to one: the salvation of humanity.

Performance highlights from Ball’s career include world premieres by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and internationally acclaimed violinists Chee-Yun and Jing Wang.

Ball received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Kevin Puts. He has also had the privilege of studying with Michael Gandolfi at the New England Conservatory (M.M.), Thomas Oboe Lee at Boston College (B.A.), and Robert Aldridge at the Brevard Music Center.

Originally from Colorado, Ball now resides outside of Philadelphia with his wife and three sons.


Brass Tacks

Release Date: May 13, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6428
21st Century
BRASS TACKS from Navona Records offers far more than the fundamental idioms of classical music. While the works featured on this album pay homage to great classical and romantic composers, subtle contemporary flairs shine throughout this collection. Odd meters, blue notes, ferocious brass writing, and imaginative deviations from traditional song structures seamlessly push the envelope for brass repertoire. Delve into the rich sound of brass soloists and ensembles in this compelling multi-composer album.