Nathan Davis "writes music that deals deftly and poetically with timbre and sonority" (NYTimes). His opera/ballet Hagoromo premiered at the BAM Next Wave Festival. Lincoln Center presented Bells for ensemble, multi-channel audio, and live diffusion broadcast through a conference system to audience members’ mobile phones.
He has received commissions from Donaueschinger Musiktage, International Contemporary Ensemble, American Opera Projects, Tanglewood, Calder Quartet, Yarn/Wire, Steven Schick, Claire Chase, Miller Theatre, and the Ojai Festival. Other performances at Mostly Mozart Festival, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the Park Avenue Armory, The Kitchen, Roulette, Darmstadt, Helsinki Musica Nova, and Acht Brücken Köln. Davis was a Fellow at the Camargo Foundation and is the 2018 Aaron Copland Fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation, and he has received awards from Meet The Composer, Fromm Foundation at Harvard, Copland Fund, Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, MATA, and ASCAP. He and Phyllis Chen won a NY Innovative Theater Award for their score to Sylvia Milo's play The Other Mozart, for which Davis also received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Sound Design. CDs include On the Nature of Thingness (winner of Independent Music Awards for Best Contemporary Classical Album) and The Bright and Hollow Sky. An active percussionist, he is a member of ICE and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and Nagoya Philharmonic.