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Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Nicholas Rousseau is a young guitarist and composer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. In May 2017, he acquired a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance from Florida International University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He currently is attending New York University, where he is pursuing his Masters of Music degree in Jazz Studies. In addition, he is an adjunct professor of non-degree jazz guitar lessons at NYU.
Nick is a guitarist and composer who seeks to bring thought provoking and emotionally compelling music to whomever he gets the pleasure of sharing with. Influenced by musicians from Wayne Shorter to Shai Maestro, The Beatles to Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters to Circa Survive, he attempts to utilize every part of his musical upbringing and style into his compositions and improvisations. He attempts to fuse simple lyrical melodies above intricate harmonies with subtlety shifting rhythms. His ultimate goal is to make the intellectually sophisticated sound simple and accessible while still having an explorative, reaching nature. And on top of it all, making the listener feel something.
He leads his own Jazz trio/quartet which includes Jazz standards and Great American Songbook arrangements, originals, and jazz arrangements of Beatles tunes. One feature of their repertoire includes a five movement suite composed by Nick entitled "Loving and Losing" suite, as well as a set of Wayne Shorter inspired "Zero Gravity" arrangements where the group spontaneously reconstructs fragments of Nick's music.
He also works as a music engraver and commissions compositions/arrangements upon request. If interested, please inquire within the contact section.