Nolan Lem is an artist and researcher whose work reflects a broad range of influences and mediums. His music has been performed across the US and internationally including festivals in Norway, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland and Finland. For his group, El Portal, he has composed/performed two albums, New Trophy (2012) and Slow Grind(2013) with the European Label, CAM Jazz.
Nolan has premiered his work at the Hayden Planetarium at the Natural History Museum, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, The Wallach Gallery, Flux Fair, Riverside Park, Columbia University, Spencer Art Museum, and the NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) Conference among others. He has received commissions from the West Harlem Art Fund, the Hall Center for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). He holds degrees in jazz saxophone performance (University of Miami (FL), BM), Electrical Engineering (University of Kansas, BSEE), and a Master of Fine Arts (Columbia University, MFA). He has studied composition with George Lewis and Brad Garton and has studied sculpture with Rikrit Tiravanija, Douglas Repetto, and Jon Kessler. He currently resides in New York City and studies at the Computer Music Center at Columbia University. In the fall he will be a PhD candidate in 'Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics' at Stanford University.