Niran Dasika

Born in Vancouver, Canada in 1993, Niran Dasika is an Australian trumpeter at home in a wide range of musical settings from the straight ahead to the avant-garde. Niran has performed at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and TILDE New Music Festival as well as regular appearances at venues around Australia with bands including the Monash Art Ensemble, Movement 9, and his own projects.

Niran completed his bachelor studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, studying with Australian jazz legends Paul Williamson, Scott Tinkler, Eugene Ball and Tony Gould. As a student he performed and recorded with musicians from over the world including Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Gerald Clayton, George Lewis, Django Bates and Paul Grabowsky. As part of Paul Grabowsky's Monash Art Ensemble, he recorded on several award-winning albums including 'Hexis' with George Lewis, 'Nyilipidgi' with the Young Wagilak Group, and 'Fabliaux' with Dave Douglas.

In July 2015 Niran released his debut album ‘Manticore (Phantom)’, which was shortlisted for ‘Young Jazz Artist of the Year’ at the 2016 Jazz Bell Awards. In 2015 Niran was also awarded the Monash Jazz Composition Prize. In 2017 he went on to record his second album ‘Silver Letters’ (2016), a collection of compositions for classical brass quintet and jazz rhythm section produced in collaboration with composer and conductor Mateusz Gwizdałła. In October 2017 Niran recorded his latest album ‘Suzaku’ with his Tokyo-based quartet, which was released in March 2018 in Japan through Apollo Sounds Records.

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“like birds singing in a placid twilight... glows with a luminescent reverence”. Dan McClenaghan, AllAboutJazz.com 
 “Trumpeter Niran Dasika and Japanese pianist Sumire Kuribayashi delivered an exquisite set on Saturday afternoon, brimming with melody and stripped-back themes. Dasika’s tone was full- bodied and luxuriant, floating above Kuribayashi’s mellifluous piano.” Des Cowly, The Australian Book Review


“a ravishing duo concert” Jessica Nicholas, Sydney Morning Herald 
 “This music was exquisitely beautiful, at times playful and also powerful” Roger Mitchell, ausjazz.org


Discography

Suzaku

Suzaku

Apollo Sounds Records
2018

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Silver Letters

Silver Letters

Self-released
2016

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Manticore (Phantom)

Manticore (Phantom)

Self Released
2015

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