Music: Nicholas Russell
Nick is the type of person who likes to have his hands in many different cookie jars; notably, that of the guitarist, composer, music producer and stringed instrument maker. He works professionally somewhere within the crossroads of these disciplines. Nick holds an Honours Degree in Music and comprehensively studied classical harmony with composer Robert Mundinger. He has also studied the art of guitar-making with Master Luthier Sergei De Jonge, having designed and constructed a concert classical guitar under his tutelage. His musical style and knowledge spans genres, but his current exploration as a guitarist lie at the intersection of finger-style, jazz, folk, blues and classical music – with a healthy respect for groove and making the notes count. In recent years Nick has expanded his freelancing to include work as a composer (Dusk Dances Dance Festival, Arts Bournemouth University) and as a studio musician (Metalworks Studios, Escarpment Sound, Deschamps Studio). Numerous projects he has worked on have aired on national radio (CBC, Jazz FM, CFRU). Nick keeps busy with gigs, teaching, and composition contracts.