Born: April 27, 1982 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Born into a musical family in London, Nick moved to Dublin in 2001 and has since established a highly successful international career as saxophonist, composer, educator and producer.
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 been commissioned to write works for numerous ensembles, organisations and musicians including the The Arts Council of Ireland, The European Saxophone Ensemble, Music for Galway, The Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra, ARTE Quartett, 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.
As a performer, he has worked in three continents with many of the world’s leading contemporary musicians including John Taylor, Savina Yannatou, Bobby McFerrin, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Tom Arthurs, Julian Arguelles, Ben Davis, John Riley, Oren Marshall, 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, Mark Tokar, Gabrielle Mirabassi, Oleg Ponomarev, Francesco Turrisi, Paul Roe, The Contempo Quartet, Benjamin Dwyer, Kieran McCloud, Furio di Castri, Zohar Fresco, Alkinoos Ioannidis, Theodosii Spassov and Pedram Zavir Kamini.
He has also commissioned and performed world premieres by composers Mamoru Fujeida, Ian Wilson, Kamran Ince, Dan Trueman, Adrian Hart, Linda Buckley, Ed Bennett, Henk van der Meulen, Onur Turkmen, Christian Mason, Francis Heery, Piaras Hoban and Elaine Agnew.
Nick is the artistic director of the Yurodny Ensemble and the London-based Sefiroth Ensemble, and also performs regularly with The Water Project, Francesco Turrisi’s ‘Tarab’, Alex Roth’s ‘Otriad’ and Matthew Jacobson‘s ‘ReDiviDeR’.
He is also a founder and director of leading Irish contemporary record label Diatribe Records and as an individual recording artist and producer he has a discography of 18 critically acclaimed releases.
Nick studied saxophone in London with Gilad Atzmon and composition in Dublin under Ronan Guilfoyle and Elaine Agnew. He also undertook further studies in New York under Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer and Peter Epstein, in Hungary at the Kodály Institute under Katalin Kiss, and in Crete at the Labyrinth Workshop under Sokratis Sinopoulos and Ross Daly.
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, Magdalen College Oxford, The University of Limerick, The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, The Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, The University of Aalborg, Copenhagen and the Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and the Arts (NOTAM).
His music is published by the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin.
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