NEWS!
Stolz's book Experiencing Black Sabbath: A Listener's Companion is available at all major online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.)

Listen to Stolz's interview on Mike Stark's LA Radio Sessions, where they talk about--and listen to--several Sabbath songs: http://laradionet.com/LARadioSessions/LARSExperiencingSabbath2018.mp3

"A fascinating read covering the complete history of the band, the depth of analyses is astonishing, dealing with the minutia of every riff and nuance. This is the definitive work encompassing the music and a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the legendary group. Amazing work!" -- Laurence Cottle, former bassist, Black Sabbath

"Nolan Stolz has impressively found a way to add to the current writings on Black Sabbath, most notably with his detailed deconstruction of each song. The beauty of this approach lies in the novice and deep Sabbath fan alike inevitably and without choice scurrying back to the compositions to follow along with the author’s professional postmortem." -- Martin Popoff, author of 70 music books, including three on Black Sabbath

"In this informative academic look at the music of Black Sabbath, composer and music professor Stolz undertakes a song-by-song analysis of many of the band’s recordings, from its 1970 self-titled debut to its The End tour in 2016. Stolz meticulously explores what made Sabbath’s music so heavy: the ‘frightening’ sound of the band’s reliance on the tritone (the interval between two notes long known by classical composers as the ‘devil in music’), which was heavily used in the blues-influenced music of early Sabbath. He also explains how the ‘dreadfully slow’ tempos made many songs feel ‘doomy.’ Stolz expertly shows how, in their later albums, Sabbath pursued a progressive sound by incorporating tempo changes, dissonance, and variety of rhythms.... Stolz's analysis is insightful.... This is a volume for die-hard Sabbath fans. " -- Publisher's Weekly

"How will history treat Black Sabbath? Perhaps, after all, it really is the music that matters. Beyond the image, the social commentary, and the personalities, it is that use of a tritone or that extension of the blues, or that sudden, shocking high note, that merits our attention. This is what Stolz's book seeks, with precise scholarship and passion for the subject, to persuade us to believe." -- Kenneth LaFave, composer and author of Experiencing Film Music

2018 events (concerts, lectures, etc.)

October 11 --- A Tribute to Grant Green. Playing drums with one of the guest guitarists (Monty Craig, Matt Dingledine, Tim Fischer, Troy House, Adam Knight) and the USC Upstate Guitar Ensemble. $5 general admission, free for all students, and USC Upstate faculty and staff. USC Upstate Performing Arts Center Theatre, 730pm

September 28 --- Album Release Party (for the Lincoln Highway Suite on Ablaze Records), USC Upstate HPAC 101, 3-4pm

August --- Brno Philharmonic (Czech Republic)'s recording of the Lincoln Highway Suite released on Ablaze Records, available on Amazon and many other online stores

July 13-22 --- Mid-Missouri Composers Symposium, Osage Arts Community (Belle, MO)

May 25 --- Presenting "Prog Sabbath: Progressive Rock Elements in Black Sabbath's Music from 1981 to 2016" at Third International Conference of The Progect Network for the study of progressive rock, Lund University (Sweden)

April 24 --- Nolan Stolz Rock Orchestra performs Ives and Schoenberg, opening up for Mission Essential. USC Upstate Performing Arts Theatre, 730pm

April 15 --- Nolan Stolz Rock Orchestra performs Ives and Schoenberg, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC, 3pm

April 13 --- Nolan Stolz Rock Orchestra performs Ives and Schoenberg, SC Upstate Research Symposium at USC Upstate, 430pm

April 13 --- Lecture on the relationship of metal, prog rock, and classical music, including a discussion of the Nolan Stolz Rock Orchestra album, SC Upstate Research Symposium at USC Upstate, 330pm

April 5 --- Kansas State University Symphony Orchestra performs "Prairie View" and "Golden State Romp" from the Lincoln Highway Suite at the Society for Composers, Inc. Region VI conference, K-State (Manhattan, KS), 730pm

March 30 --- "A Modern, Rock Arrangement of Schubert's Erlking," a lecture-recital featuring the Nolan Stolz Rock Orchestra at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the College Music Society, Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC)

March 24 --- Dr. Michelle Kiec (Kutztown State) performs Eefer Madness for E-flat clarinet to be performed at the Northeast Regional Conference of the College Music Society, University of Delaware (Newark), Gore Recital Hall, 8pm

March 17 --- Dr. Tim Bonenfant (Angelo State) performs Eefer Madness for E-flat clarinet at the Pacific Southwest Regional Conference of the College Music Society, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Doc Rando Recital Hall, 7pm

March 17 --- Presenting "Prog Sabbath: Progressive Rock Elements in Black Sabbath�s Music from 1981 to 2016" at the Pacific Southwest Regional Conference of the College Music Society, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, HFA 147, 330pm

February 25 --- Interview on LA Radio Sessions about Stolz's book Experiencing Black Sabbath

February 23 --- Dr. Tod Leavitt (Valdosta State) premieres Abyss II for double bass and fixed electronic media. Southern Regional Conference of the College Music Society, Albany State University (Albany, GA), Billy C. Black Auditorium, 730pm

February 20 --- Dr. Tim Bonenfant will perform Eefer Madness for E-flat clarinet at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX, 730pm

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