Who am I?
Nicholas Combe is a saxophonist, composer and bandleader from Canberra A.C.T.
After graduating from the A.N.U. with a specialist pass in performance and composition in 2009, Nicholas has continued to record, perform and compose in Canberra, and is a long-standing and well renowned artist in Canberra.
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From 2006-2008 Nicholas performed and recorded with Canberra band Dahahoo. This involved touring around the country and recording on two albums in Canberra.
From 2007– 2009 he was a performer and composer in residence for the A.N.U recording ensemble. This ensemble represented A.N.U. at Moruya and Wangaratta jazz festivals.
In 2009 Nicholas also put together a large jazz ensemble “All The Things You Would Be If Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother”, a dedication to Charles Mingus. This ensemble played at the Moruya Jazz Festival and a Canberra Jazz event.
In 2008 Nicholas started Dub Dub Goose, a 7pce reggae band comprised of musicians from the A.N.U music school. He managed, arranged and composed for this band. After producing the debut album The Goose Is Loose, they went on to tour N.S.W. and Victoria and play at festivals Corinbank and Summer Rhythm Festival. Dub Dub Goose also supported INXS at the enlighten festival in Canberra.
2010 saw Nicholas as a finalist in the Sprogis Woods Composition Competition for his composition Moira. This was part of the Canberra International Music Festival.
In 2011 Nicholas was awarded a scholarship from the Indonesian Government to study traditional music in Jogjakarta. This provided a great opportunity to not only expand his musical knowledge, but also to collaborate with different artists from around the world. As a result he recorded with Jogjakarta jazz group I Know You Well Miss Clara. This recording was put out by New York jazz label Moonjune and gathered critical acclaim throughout the world.
After returning to Canberra in 2012, Nicholas created, managed, composed and performed for Nyash! Afrobeat Collective, a band inspired by the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti. In late 2013 he helped to produce the debut EP, and released it in April of 2014.
Over the last few years he has also been a regular member of The Brass Knuckle Brass Band, based in Canberra. His compositions also feature in this band. They have toured through out Australia and supported such artists as Fred Wesley and played at the Woodford Folk Festival
In late 2014 Nicholas recorded an album at The Street Theatre in Canberra with a 9 piece Jazz ensemble. The concert featured compositions from the last 10 years. It was mixed and mastered in 2015 and will be released in April 2016.
After recording with his nonet Nicholas did a tour of Indonesia and Malaysia with fellow musician Reuben Lewis. In Jogjakarta and Solo in central Java, Nicholas performed with multiple groups and was involved in masterclasses and workshops on improvising and sectional playing.
Nicholas plans to return to Jogjakarta in 2016 to continue his studies in Javanese Gamelan.
As a recording artist he has recorded on over 20 releases in Canberra in a variety of styles.