Born into a musical family in London, Nick moved to Dublin in 2001 and has since become one of the most active musicians on the Irish and European music scene, working as a saxophonist, composer, educator and producer.
Now working internationally, his work as been critically acclaimed by international press in Europe and the US and his 2012/13 performance schedule includes New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, Istanbul, Oslo, Berne, London, Dublin and the Festival au Desert in Mali.
Nick studied saxophone in London with Gilad Atzmon and composition in Dublin under Ronan Guilfoyle and Elaine Agnew. He has also undertaken further studies in New York under Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer and Peter Epstein, in Hungary at the Kodály Institute, and in Crete at the Labyrinth Workshop under Sokratis Sinopoulos and Ross Daly.
As a composer much of his work is informed by the ongoing dialogue between traditional music and its contemporary interpretation. He also has a deep fascination with patterns and form in nature, with recent works exploring mathematical models of bird flocking behaviour, and the role of chaos theory in the movement and production of sound in water.
He has worked in three continents with many of the world’s leading contemporary artists including John Taylor, Savina Yannatou, Tom Arthurs, Dan Trueman, Stuart Hall, Julian Arguelles, Ben Davis, John Riley, Rick Peckham, Steve Arguelles, Emer Mayock, Florian Ross, Merlin Shepherd, Jamie Oehlers, Mihály Borbély, Miklós Lukács, Gilad Atzmon, Sean Carpio, Kate Ellis, Cora Venus Lunny, Gabrielle Mirabassi, Oleg Ponomarev, Francesco Turrisi, Paul Roe, The Contempo Quartet, Shekoyokh, SoundSet, Furio di Castri, Zohar Fresco, Louis Stewart, Alkinoos Ioannidis, Abdullah Chhadeh, Theodosii Spassov, Pedram Zavir Kamini, Greg Felton, and with composers Mamoru Fujeida, Ian Wilson, Kamran Ince, Adrian Hart, Linda Buckley, Ed Bennett, Henk van der Meulen, Onur Turkmen, Francis Heery, the Irish Composers Collective, Piaras Hoban and Elaine Agnew.
Nick has written works for numerous ensembles, organisations and musicians including the Arts Council of Ireland, Music for Galway, The Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra, ARTE Quartet, SoundSet, The Contempo String Quartet and Paul Roe, Sefiroth Ensemble, The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Yurodny Ensemble, The RISE Saxophone Quartet, Lismore Music Festival, RISE Saxophone Quartet, Tarab Ensemble, Common Ground, Rough Magic Theatre Company and the Fuzzy Logic Ensemble.
Nick is the musical director of the Yurodny Ensemble and the London-based Sefiroth Ensemble, and also performs regularly with The Water Project, Francesco Turrisi’s ‘Tarab’ and Matthew Jacobson‘s ‘Redivider’.
As Head of Production at Diatribe Records and as an individual recording artist he has a discography of 18 critically acclaimed releases dating from 2006.
Nick currently lectures on Aural Perception and Eastern European Traditional Music at University College Cork, and has given workshops and lectures at Trinity College, Dublin, University College Dublin, The University of Limerick, The National University of Ireland, Maynooth and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.
(biography © Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland)
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