Nominated for "Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year" in the 2015 Bell Awards, guitarist/composer Nic Vardanega is a voice on the international jazz scene. Currently based in New York City, he has played alongside many of Australia’s leading musicians including pianist Mike Nock and with many first call New York City musicians.
After completing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012, Nic worked extensively as a sideman and bandleader in Australia. 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 as a leader titled Inverno - a collection of original music with his Sydney quartet. The album was well received with a positive review in The Weekend Australian and a nomination in the prestigious Bells Australian Jazz Awards for 2015.
Nic has also been a longtime sideman and collaborator with pianist/composer Francesca Prihasti. In addition to regular performances, he has appeared on three of her studio releases, Night Trip (2015), Evolving (2016) and Adriana (2019).
After relocating to New York City in August 2016, Nic received his Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from New York University in 2018 and currently remains an active musician on the NYC scene. His second recording as a leader, Point in Time was released in 2019 featuring renowned Grammy nominated American trumpeter Michael Rodriguez.
"The music on Point in Time ticks many boxes: seven well-written Vardanega compositions with interesting harmonic structures and a variety of rhythmic time-feels...an immaculate example of small-group modern jazz, recorded in New York."
Eric Myers - The Weekend Australian
"Vardanega’s solos are inventive and they maintain a consistent narrative that preserves the motif in a quietly eloquent way."
John McBeath - The Weekend Australian