Hyper+ featuring Nick Fraser
Nicola Fazzini, alto sax
Alessandro Fedrigo, acoustic bass guitars, effects
Nick Fraser, drums
Hyper+ is a recent trio interested in a research on timbres and sound, on new techniques of
improvisation, using new rhythmic and melodic elements and playing acoustic instruments with effects
and much more. In this “music lab” Nicola Fazzini, Alessandro Fedrigo and Nick Fraser developed a creative
vocabulary that they apply to both original pieces and standards.
Nicola Fazzini is a saxophone player with a constant experience in live music. He collaborated with Enrico Rava, Peter Erskine, Carla Bley, Mark Murphy and many others. In these years he dedicated his work to a development of some compositional techniques which consider new musical elements. He uses lots of polyrhytmical modulations which creates a peculiar and original sound, and encourage the other musicians to improvise. He played a lot in Europe, US and Asia. He founded and participates to original projects: “Nicola Fazzini Quartet”, “Try Trio” and “CREI Ensemble” (Composition, Research and Improvisation) realized with the partnership of Ca’ Foscari, University in Venice. From 2007 he is the director of “Thelonious Monk” in Mira (VE), one of the most important jazz music schools in Italy. From 2010 he is the artistic director of “JAM - Jazz A Mira” Festival which hosts young italian and foreign artists and their new jazz projects.
Alessandro Fedrigo is a specialist of the acoustic bass guitar all other the world. The one he plays is fretless and often he uses sound effects to modify this instrument’s sound. For him, the importance of researching a peculiar sound is crucial. During his career he played jazz, free improvisation, experimental music, electronic and explored multimedia performances. He recorded more than 20 cds. He played with Tony Scott, Chris Hunter, Elliott Sharp, Debora Petrina. In 2011 JAZZiT awarded him as one of the best bass players of the year. The same year, he published his first solo-album “Solitario” (nusica.org). He took part to original projects like Silvia Donati & StandHard 3io, “Corde Alterne” with Roberto Gemo, “Maya” dedicated to the great film-maker Maya Deren, CREI Ensemble. Since 2011 he is the artistic director of nusica.org, an indipendent, digital, ecological and conceptual label. He is also the principal curator of “Sile Jazz” Festival in Treviso which offers site-specific concerts in Treviso area.
Nick Fraser has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1995. He has worked with a veritable "who's who" of Canadian jazz and improvised music including Justin Haynes, Mike Murley, Rich Underhill, P.J. Perry, Phil Dwyer, Michael Snow, John Oswald, Andrew Downing, Jean Martin, Christine Duncan, Lina Allemano, Quinsin Nachoff, Dave Restivo, Jim Vivian, David Braid, Ryan Driver, David Occhipinti, William Carn, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs. In addition, he has had the opportunity to perform and/or record with such international artists as Tony Malaby, Michael Moore, Bobby Shew, Donny McCaslin, Marilyn Crispell, Anthony Braxton, Joe McPhee, William Parker. For 10 For 10 years, he co-led the co-operative group Drumheller with Brodie West, Rob Clutton, Eric Chenaux and Doug Tielli, who released four critically acclaimed CDs between 2005 and 2013. Other projects that occupy Nick regularly are Ugly Beauties (with Marilyn Lerner and Matt Brubeck), Peripheral Vision, the Lina Allemano Four and Titanium Riot.
Nick is a founding member of The Association of Improvising Musicians of Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to the Toronto improvising community.