Artists Nicolas Caloia

Since 1990 Nicolas Caloia has worked at creating a contemporary music generated by using accurately composed textures to channel collective improvisation. The goal is a music that erases the lines between improvised and composed, pop and avant-garde, good and bad. He hopes this music will satisfy the body, the mind and, above all, the heart. He has worked as a performer, composer, and organizer in Montréal and has toured in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed and recorded in a vast array of contexts with the most important members of Montréal’s creative music community as well as with internationally renowned musicians like the ICP orchestra, Marshall Allen, John Butcher, Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, William Parker, Hassan Hakmoun, Tristan Honsinger and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. His concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. Currently, the majority of his work as a composer and improviser finds a voice in: The Ratchet Orchestra — a 30-piece big band; Tilting — the Nicolas Caloia Quartet, Ring — a sextet, Spell — a 10-piece marching band, Trephining — a quintet, Mercury — a duet Lori Freedman as well in solo performances.

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Nicolas Caloia

Ottawa (Ontario, Canada), 1968

Residence: Montréal (Québec)

  • Performer (double bass)

On the Web

Nicolas Caloia, photo: Peter Gannushkin, 2012
Nicolas Caloia, photo: Peter Gannushkin, 2012
  • Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Montréal (Québec), April 14, 2018
  • Ensemble SuperMusique, under the direction of Jean Derome, plays Résistances, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), March 16, 2017
  • Ensemble SuperMusique plays Résistances under the direction of Jean Derome, Joane Hétu and , photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), March 16, 2017
  • Ensemble SuperMusique: 1e rangée: Jean Derome, Ida Toninato, Joshua Zubot, Jean René, , Danielle Palardy Roger. 2e rangée: , Alexandre St-Onge, Michel F Côté, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Nicolas Caloia, Craig Pedersen, direction: Joane Hétu, photo: Céline Côté, February 6, 2016
  • Ensemble SuperMusique: 1e rangée: Jean Derome, Ida Toninato, Joshua Zubot, Jean René, , Joane Hétu. 2e rangée: , Alexandre St-Onge, Michel F Côté, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Nicolas Caloia, Craig Pedersen, direction: Danielle Palardy Roger, photo: Céline Côté, February 6, 2016
  • Ensemble SuperMusique (left to right in front:  Jean Derome; Guido Del Fabbro; Lori Freedman; Pierre-Yves Martel; ; Jean René, in the back: Nicolas Caloia; ; ; , direction: Danielle Palardy Roger), photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), February 28, 2015
  • In concert in Montréal, left to right: Jean Derome; Lori Freedman; Gabriel Dharmoo; Nicolas Caloia; Danielle Palardy Roger, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), March 13, 2014
  • Nicolas Caloia, Nicolas Caloia, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), March 13, 2014

Blog

  • Two concerts to celebrate the release of {electro/No Type/electro}{actuelle/No Type/actuelle}’s beautiful 4CD box set Montréal Free, a vital portrait of the bewildering free improv scene in Montréal. Be there Tuesday March 25, 2003 a…

    Thursday, March 13, 2003 / In Concert

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