Niran Dasika (trumpet) is a Melbourne native recently moved to Perth after spending two years based in Tokyo, Japan. After joining the Paul Grabowsky Quintet at the Tokyo Jazz Festival and taking out second place at the National Jazz Awards in late 2017, Niran started 2018 with the release of his latest album ‘Suzaku’ under Japanese jazz label Apollo Sounds Records to a Japan-wide tour.
DATE: Monday, 20th August
DOORS OPEN: 7:00
STAGE: Four5Nine Bar
TICKETS: $10 at the Door
Niran spent several formative years studying at Monash University with Australian jazz legends Scott Tinkler, Eugene Ball, Paul Williamson and Tony Gould, and recording on several award-winning albums as part of Paul Grabowsky’s Monash Art Ensemble including collaborations with Dave Douglas, George Lewis, Django Bates and the Young Wagilak Group. His debut album ‘Manticore (Phantom)’ was shortlisted for ‘Young Jazz Artist of the Year’ at the 2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards. Later in 2015 Niran was awarded the Monash Jazz Composition Prize, which led to recording and releasing his second album ‘Silver Letters’, a collection of compositions for classical brass quintet and jazz rhythm section produced in collaboration with composer and conductor Mateusz Gwizdałła.
In 2016 Niran moved to Tokyo, Japan, where he quickly became highly sought after as a performer and session musician, recording on albums from Blue Note Records, Sony Artists Inc, Diskunion and more with a wide range of Japanese musicians including Shun Ishiwaka, Sumire Kuribayashi and Akihiro Yoshimoto. In March 2018, Niran released his third and latest album ‘Suzaku’ with his Tokyo-based quartet, described by AllAboutJazz.com as sounding “like birds singing in a placid twilight… glows with a luminescent reverence”.
Niran will be joined by Zac Grafton (bass) and Alex Reid (drums) to play a collection of all new compositions.