Nissim Schaul is a Paris-based American composer with a penchant for unusual sonorities and ancient instruments. His music for period and modern instruments takes the flexibility of much Baroque notation as a point of departure. The New York Times has called Nissim’s work “spare and whispered, with a dissonant but compelling edge that keeps you fascinated.”
He recently teamed up with the Baroque ensemble Flying Forms to release New Music for Old Instruments, an album of the music Nissim wrote for Flying Forms between 2006 and 2009. When not composing, Nissim is learning to play another old and obscure instrument, the vielle à roue (French hurdy-gurdy), just for fun.