Nominated for "Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year" in the 2015 Bell Awards, guitarist/composer Nic Vardanega is an emerging voice on the Australian jazz scene.
Currently based in New York City while undertaking a Masters degree at New York University, Nic has played alongside many of Australia’s leading musicians including pianist Mike Nock, and has recorded with first call New York City musicians including Marco Panascia, Orlando Le Flemming, Ulysses Owens Jr and Rodney Green.
Since completing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012 where he held a ‘Board Of Governors’ merit scholarship, Nic has worked extensively as a sideman and bandleader. He has appeared at many of the country's leading festivals including the Manly Jazz Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival and Darling Harbour Jazz Festival.
In December 2014, Nic released his debut album ‘Inverno’ - a collection of original music developed with his quartet featuring pianist Steve Barry, bassist David Groves and drummer James Waples. The album was well received with an 'Album of the Week' feature on Eastside Radio, a review in The Weekend Australian, launched as the feature performance of the Jazzgroove Association’s program as well as a nomination in the prestigious Bells Australian Jazz Awards in 2015. Nic is also a member of the Francesca Prihasti Quartet who has released two recordings of all original material.
"Vardanega’s solos are inventive and they maintain a consistent narrative that preserves the motif in a quietly eloquent way."
- The Weekend Australian
“Talented guitarist/composer Nic Vardanega’s debut CD features his outstanding Sydney based quartet, in an attractive collection of well crafted originals that is a great introduction to his music, of which I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more in the years to come."
- Mike Nock