Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
Bassist and composer Todd Nicholson has performed with Billy Bang, Peter Brotzmann, Roy Campbell, Eddie Gale, Frank Lowe, Tatsuya Nakatani, William Parker, Alan Silva, James Spaulding, and Steve Swell among others. He recently relocated to Tokyo, Japan and has become active in the jazz and improvised music scenes, establishing working relationships with koto player Michiyo Yagi and violinist Keisuke Ohta. He has appeared in a variety of settings throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan, including the Vision Festival (NYC), the Rochester Jazz Festival, the Other Minds Festival (San Francisco), Tampere Jazz Happening (Tampere, Finland), Sons d'Hiver (Paris), the Ottawa Jazz Festival and the Full Moon Festival (Mangetsu sai) in Miyajima, Japan (the island off the coast of Hiroshima). He has collaborated with numerous dancers, most recently Carmen deLavallade and Gus Solomons jr. at Symphony Space. He also leads his own group, the Otic Band/Ensemble. Recent recorded appearances include Long Hidden: The Olmec Series by William Parker (AUM Fidelity), First, Keep Quiet by the Gauci Trio (CIMP Records), A Prayer For Peace by the Billy Bang Quintet (TUM Records, to be released this fall), a live recording by the Billy Bang Quintet (Justin Time).