Nathan Davis "writes music that deals deftly and poetically with timbre and sonority" (NY Times). He has written many works for ICE and its members, as well as American Opera Projects, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Steven Schick, Miller Theatre, Ojai Music Festival (for Eighth Blackbird and an installation by sound-sculptor Trimpin), the Calder Quartet, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, So Percussion, MATA, and Yarn/Wire. Lincoln Center inaugurated its Tully Scope Festival with the premiere of Nathan's landmark work Bells, a site-specific, electroacoustic piece for ensemble, multi-channel audio, and live broadcast to audience members’ mobile phones.
The 2018 Aaron Copland Fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation, Davis has received awards/fellowships from the Camargo Foundation, Meet The Composer, Fromm Music Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, MATA, and ASCAP. After serving on the faculty of Dartmouth College for eight years, Davis teaches composition and electronic music at Montclair State University. An active percussionist, he has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and Nagoya Philharmonic, and has toured Russia, Bali, Turkey, and Cuba.