Born: September 1, 1985 Primary Instrument: Keyboard
Dan Nicholls is a keyboardist, reeds player, composer and producer, also working with video and animation. His music is inspired by prevalent issues in society: exploring environment, experience and identity, as well as the use of various forms of media for political and social influence.
Dan has studied Indian classical music, worked with dance, and produced projects with film and visual art. He has performed at music festivals in Berlin, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Malmo, London, Birmingham and Cheltenham as well as venues throughout Europe. Dan has also performed at various film and dance festivals including Bath Film Festival, Risk Reclaim Copenhagen and Edinburgh Mela.
Current projects include... Mirror + ByramArt A collaborative project with the visual artist Stephen Byram with guitarist Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers) and drummer Dave Smith (Robert Plant, Juju, Fofoulah).
Strobes A duo project with drummer Dave Smith, working with West African Sabar rhythms, electronics and sample-based composition.
Other projects... Dice Factory, Brass Mask, George Crowley Quintet, Noose
Awards:Take 5 Scheme, 2013-14 Jerwood Foundation Jazzlines Fellowship 2013-14
A unique and immersive experience that when listened to from start to finish is a fantastic piece of contemporary art...a treasure to behold. Phil Meadows, Jazz UK
A major statement...Ruins represents an ambitious and brilliantly realised début. Ian Mann
Beautifully atmospheric. All About Jazz
Apocalyptic samples-laden futurist electroprog Stephen Graham, Marlbank
“This music is always engaging but never obvious. Covering a broad spectrum from complex written material through to spacious improvisation which ranges from the muscular and strident to the subtle, understated and suggestive - truly jazz of the 21st century” Iain Ballamy