The Monocle & Original Compositions


The Monocle is Aurora Nealands solo project of original compositions and performance pieces. Utilizing voice, accordion, saxophones, loop-pedals, pre-recorded tape pieces, tin cans, drums and contact mics on frozen fruit, Aurora Nealand has performed as The Monocle at the Ogden Museum of Art, NYC Symphony Space, and at Berlin’s Haus Festival.

Original Compositions: Aurora Nealand studied Composition at Oberlin Conservatory  with Randolph Coleman, Tom Lopez and Leo Wanenchek, and has been composing original music throughout the past 10 years. She was on Faculty at the Walden School for Young Musicians (see link below) teaching  Composition and Computer Musicianship for 6 years, and continues to be involved in this amazing program for young composers. Her original works have been performed at Symphony Space in NYC, the High Zero Festival (Baltimore), the Krake Festival (Berlin), and frequently at the Open Ears Series in New Orleans. Nealand received an Ascap Fellowship to study Film Music in Florence in 2003, and studied at L’Ecole Internationale du Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris in 2004. She has written and directed two original theatre pieces, “In Memoriam” and “Earhart Eclipsed” and  recently composed an original score for Cripple Creeks Production of the Greek Satire “Lysistrata”.


Excerpt from 10X10, a project in collaboration with swiss experimental musician Simon Berz, Caspar keening, and filmmaker Michelle Ettlin.


Monocle  on tour with Lonesome Leash, August 2012.


Original song “red robin” by aurora performed with Mark Growden at Snug Harbor.

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