„Wer ist Nelly Boyd? Als in Tennessee, Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts, einst das gewisse Fräulein Boyd den Farmer und Prediger Adolphus Cage mit den gemeinsamen Kindern sitzen lässt, bekommt dieser mit der schönen Charlotte Anna Green fünf weitere Kinder: der drittgeborene, Gustavus Williamson Cage, sollte der Großvater von John Milton Cage jr. werden. Wie wäre es wohl weitergegangen mit der Musik, wenn die Würfel anders gefallen und das gewisse Fräulein Boyd geblieben wäre? Wir spielen diese Musik, die Nelly gern hören würde….“ (manifesto, 2004/2005)

Nelly Boyd is a composers‘ collective and performing ensemble, founded in 2004 in Hamburg, Germany. Its members come from different backgrounds such as sound art, classical composition, live-electronics, electro-acoustic music, rock and free improvisation.

As a collective, Nelly Boyd’s purpose is to help realize each member’s musical ideas.

As an ensemble, they perform repertoire pieces and commissions by composers which are inspiring, interesting and exemplary to them, with a strong taste for the American ‚classical avant-garde‘.

Nelly Boyd’s programmes are often developed uniquely according to the performance space and its properties.

Among others, they have presented works by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Terry Riley, Karlheinz Stockhausen, James Tenney and have played with Phill Niblock, Christian Wolff and Alvin Lucier. In 2010 they performed an authorized version of La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 #7 under the direction of Charles Curtis.

Nelly Boyd appears regularly at the festivals ‚Blurred Edges‘ and ‚klub katarakt‘ in Hamburg and has performed at Podewil/Berlin, Experimental Intermedia/New York, Serpentine Gallery/London, Issue Project Room/New York, Rote Fabrik/Zurich, Hangar Bicocca/Milan, Bozar/Brussels…

In 2009 the side project Boyds Elektro Gitarren Orchester was founded, to realize music for until now up to 12 electric guitars, bass and drums. In addition to own compositions, BEGO has performed works by Lois V Vierk and James Tenney and has worked with Rhys Chatham.

Nelly Boyd at the moment are Moxi Beidenegl, Robert Engelbrecht, Jan Feddersen and Johann Popp with guests. Past members are Peter Imig, and Ignacio Mendez (1953-2015) and Jens Röhm (1967-2010)…