Nathan Siler is a New York City-based performer, composer, and arranger. He frequently performs with The Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall, The New York Virtuoso Singers, and is a tenor soloist in the NY Chamber Choir Musica Viva. He recently appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” with the choir of St. Jean Baptiste. Last spring, The Ensemble for the Romantic Century commissioned Siler to transform Gottschalk’s virtuosic piano piece “Union” to include a playful (and disruptive) barber shop quartet. The arrangement was the centerpiece of their fascinating production “Jules Verne: from the Earth to the Moon” performed at BAM.
Over the last two years, he completed original scores for two films: The Widowers, directed by Jonathan Scott Chinn (now available on iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and Amazon) and We Are Mary (a documentary about a woman with multiple personalities; directed by Julie Wiles). In 2013, he was commissioned by Grammy® award-winning “Kindie-rock” band Sugar Free Allstars to adapt their songs for full orchestra, and in March of 2015, the orchestrations had their second performance with Winston-Salem Philharmonic. Presently, he is transcribing the 1993 Album of the Year “Spilt Milk” by Jellyfish; it is for the use of long-time collaborator Matthew Alvin Brown’s ensemble of young performers known as “The RoKademy Experiment.” They will perform the album in its entirety May 20 and 21st in Oklahoma City.
Though classically trained, Siler’s first love was rock and pop music. He began playing bass at the age of 13 and has been in rock bands since 1990. He has toured with renowned indie bands such as The Lovely Sparrows and Steve Burns and The Struggle. He now belongs to the NY progressive metal band Nevereven, for which he plays bass and sings backing vocals. For the last four years, Siler formed Portraiture; an ensemble that performs his unique guitar-pop and art-rock songs. Portraiture is about to release their sophomore EP in autumn of 2016. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys watching TV, camping, eating ice cream, exercising, and playing video games (not necessarily simultaneously or in that order).