top of page

lightning intro!

hey! congrats, you made it to the super-secret-lightning-intro page; thank you for stopping by—i'm delighted you want to get to know me, and i hope you enjoy exploring my art. poke around, stay awhile!

warmest wishes,
nicole <3

selected works:

lilac roots (2023, soprano, piano, and vibraphone)

saudade (2023, bassoon and guitar)

stir by still
(2022, saxophone quartet)

dear companion (2020, soprano and piano)

perhaps, an ever-evolving artist statement:

My music is a celebration of all that is imperfect.


Most often, music is a symptom of my awe—whether it be in wisdom, beauty, or human experience. If music serves as an application of force; I choose to apply it toward delight and wonder. 

I see my music as grains and fragments sewn together, a collage that develops and unfolds organically. I want to sit beside something really old and listen for a while. I want to collect a million songs. I want my music to be intimate—like you could be sitting next to me on the living room floor. Like you're holding my hand. I want to play—in a defiant and radical way. 


I am learning to be unapologetic and loud about what I believe: that despite our suffering, the world is still beautiful. My music comes from this place of “despite.” It is often the invitation to smile, or a celebration. A professor once told me I like to write the antidote—I think this is true.

Ultimately, my music is a gift to the humans and more-than-humans who have shown me kindness. I’m sending it back your way.


 —Nicole, 2023


bottom of page