Rising composer Nico Muhly has packed a lot into his 30 years. His is a dream career, spanning many genres and mediums with seemingly no effort. He wrote the scores for The Reader and Joshua. He's worked with Benjamin Millepied (aka Natalie Portman's husband) on several ballet performances, and his first opera, Two Boys, opened in London last summer. He's also had a hand in some of the coolest albums of the last decade, including The Crying Light by Antony and the Johnsons, Björk's Medúlla and Volta, Bonnie "Prince" Billy's The Letting Go, Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest, and Jónsi from Sigur Rós' 2010 solo album Go.
Which should bring us up to the present date and on to tomorrow, when the Seattle Symphony will debut a new work of his, with Muhly in the audience. Muhly told The Seattle Times that the piece, called "So Far So Good," is his "first nonnarrative orchestra piece in over two years." The whole Times story is worth a read for its exploration of Muhly's musical influences, while the Symphony's program notes offer a detailed description of what you can expect from the piece itself.
Works by Chopin (Marc-André Hamelin soloist), Schubert and Nico Muhly, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday at Benaroya Hall. $17-$115, www.seattlesymphony.org or (206) 215-4747.
Watch a beautiful and kind of crazymaking video for "Mothertongue I: Archive" from his 2008 album Mothertongue after the jump.