Nick Vasallo

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Born: 28 October 1979 in Oakland, California


Nicholas Vasallo is an American composer.

He graduated from California State University, East Bay with a B.A. in Music, and holds a M.A. degree from University of California, Santa Cruz in Music Composition. Vasallo is currently a President's Fellow and Doctoral candidate at University of California, Santa Cruz. His teachers included David Evan Jones, Paul Nauert, David Cope, Hi-Kyung Kim, Frank La Rocca, Jeffrey Miller, Rafael Hernandez, Ken Ueno, and Francois Rose. He taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Los Medanos College. He teaches at California State University, East Bay and Gavilan College.

As a composer, Vasallo's work has encompassed a variety of genres and projects. Most notably with his post-metal group Antagony, film music career, and concert music works. Polystylism or Eclecticism has been linked to his compositions which range from orchestral, wind band, trombone ensemble, solo piano, choral, and instrumentations utilizing the overdriven sound of electric guitar. His compositional approach involves mixing disparate elements from Extreme Metal to Taiko, Spectral Music, and various 20th-century compositional techniques. Vasallo is a recipient of the 2010/2011 President's $21k Dissertation-Year Fellowship, the first Arts student to ever receive the honor.

His music has been performed internationally by groups such as Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea, Del Sol String Quartet, San Francisco Choral Artists, Atlanta Schola Cantorum, and Watsonville Taiko. Currently, Vasallo is working with San Francsico Conservatory of Music's BluePrint ensemble as well as collaborating with top-selling deathcore group - All Shall Perish.

As a performer, Vasallo is active as an electric guitarist and extreme metal vocalist.


List of choral and vocal works

  • Sunset…sunrise…blue skies (2008) 4 min. for SATB
  • Judicabo te (2008) 4 min. for SATB
  • Without A Dream (2007) 4 min. for baritone, piano
  • De civitatibus (2007) for SATB choir
  • Dolor Laetus (2007) for SATB choir
  • In Tribulatione (2007) for Soprano and Alto
  • Lamentation (2006) for soprano, alto, guitar, cello, and percussion
  • Lumen et Tenebras (2006) for SSAATTBB choir
  • Sigillum Sextum (2005) for SSAATTBB, piano, cello, bass, timpani, drumset
  • The Vertigo Series I. Monolith (2005) for soprano, tenor, trombone, 2 electric guitars, electric bass, synth organ, 2 percussionists
  • The Vertigo Series II. Necromantic Dances (2006) for SATB, synth piano, electric guitar, electric cello, 2 trombones, amplified clarinet, timpani, percussion
  • The Vertigo Series III. Confrontations (2007) for soprano, trumpet, bass trombones, Percussion Quartet, electric guitar, synth
  • Vivi In Infernum (2005) for SSAATTBB choir

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Studio albums
Year Album details
2007 The Burning
2009 Days of Night

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