Nominated for "Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year" in the 2015 Bell Awards, guitarist/composer Nic Vardanega is an emerging 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.
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 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 ‘Inverno’ - a collection of original music. 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 recently received his Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from NYU in May 2018 and remains an active musician on the NYC scene. His second album, 'Point in Time' is set for release in early 2019 and will feature renowned trumpeter Michael Rodriguez.
"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."