Born in Canada and raised in Melbourne with Indian and German heritage, Niran Dasika is a trumpeter gaining increasing attention around Australia and abroad for his distinctive, etherial trumpet sound and compositions. Niran’s virtuosic trumpet playing has placed him in high demand both in Australia and in Japan, where he spent some years performing and recording on albums from Blue Note Records, Sony Music, Diskunion Records and more.
While undertaking his Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) at Monash University (2012-2015) Niran studied under Paul Williamson, Scott Tinkler, Eugene Ball and Tony Gould. He also performed and recorded with international artists Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Gerald Clayton, George Lewis and Django Bates. Notably, Niran was involved in several of Paul Grabowsky’s Monash Art Ensemble projects, including award-winning albums ‘Hexis’ with George Lewis, ‘Nyilipidgi’ with the Young Wagilak Group, and ‘Fabliaux’ with Dave Douglas. In addition to performances with the Monash Art Ensemble, Niran performed regularly around Melbourne as well as frequent performances at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and TILDE New Music Festival with a wide range of projects.
In July 2015 Niran released his debut album ‘Manticore (Phantom)’, which was shortlisted for ‘Young Jazz Artist of the Year’ at the 2016 Jazz Bell Awards. In 2015 Niran was also awarded the Monash Jazz Composition Prize. In 2016 Niran recorded and released his second album ‘Silver Letters’ (2016), a collection of compositions for classical brass quintet and jazz rhythm section produced in collaboration with composer and conductor Mateusz Gwizdałła.
While based in Tokyo from 2016-2017, Niran quickly became in-demand as a performer and session musician, recording on several albums including Kemono’s ‘Metamoru City’ (Sony Music Artists Inc), Epistroph’s ‘Monk’s Playhouse’ compilation (Blue Note Records), Shun Ishiwaka’s ‘Songbook II’ (YoungS’tonesRecords), Akihiro Yoshimoto’s ‘Oxymoron’ (MOR Records) and Sumire Kuribayashi's 'Pieces of Color' (Somethin' Cool). In September 2017 Niran performed with the Paul Grabowsky Quintet at the Tokyo Jazz Festival. In October 2017 Niran recorded his latest album ‘Suzaku’ (Apollo Sounds) with his Tokyo-based quartet, which was released in March 2018 with a Japan-wide tour.Resonating with a remarkably wide range of audiences, AllAboutJazz.com describes ‘Suzaku’ as “like birds singing in a placid twilight… glows with a luminescent reverence”.
In November 2017 Niran was awarded second place in the National Jazz Awards competition held at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival.
2018 saw Niran perform at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and Perth International Jazz Festival as well as international touring with the Shun Ishiwaka Trio, Paul Grabowsky’s The Gravity Project and his own projects.
1993年カナダのバンクーバーで生まれ、オーストラリアのメルボルンで育つ。10歳でトランペットを始め、プロオーケストラを目指すが高校三年生の頃Booker Littleの演奏に感銘を受け人生の好転となる。2012年メルボルンのMonash Universityのジャズ科へ入学する。在学中、Scott Tinkler、Eugene Ball、Paul Williamson、Tony Gouldなどのオーストラリアンジャズ巨人の元で勉強し多大な影響を受ける。2015年、初リーダーアルバム「Manticore (Phantom)」をリリース。メルボルンのジャズシーンで活躍しつつ、Joe Lovano、Dave Douglas、Gerald Claytonなど、世界の様々なミュージシャンと共演を重ねる。東京ジャズ、メルボルンジャズフェスティバル、などのフェスティバルに出演している。