Nolan Lem is an instrumentalist, composer, and sound artist 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, The Wallach Gallery, Riverside Park, Columbia University, the 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 has studied at the Sibelius Academy, Eastman School, the University of Kansas and the University of Miami (FL). He holds degrees in jazz saxophone performance (BM) and Electrical Engineering (BSEE). He has studied with composition George Lewis, Brad Garton and Douglas Repetto and has studied sculpture with Rikrit Tiravanija and Jon Kessler. He currently resides in New York City and studies at the Computer Music Center as an MFA candidate in Sound Arts at Columbia University