Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Is There Such a Thing as a “Single Instrument Virtue”?

I was invited to write an editorial on "single instrument virtue" for the Flypaper blog, part of the music education site, Soundfly.

Here are my thoughts on the guitar, the drums, and how it all fits together:


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Live recording from Desertion Trio and Relix Magazine

On June 14, Desertion Trio played at Pittsburgh's excellent City of Asylum. A multi-track recording of our set is now up for free download at Tyler Wilcox's bootleg and live/rare music blog, Doom & Gloom From the Tomb.

"Dig into these four Pittsburgh jams, which put math rock, free jazz, psychedelia and much more into the blender to thrilling effect. The band is Johnny DeBlase on bass and Kevin Shea on drums, and they both provide firm footing for Millevoi’s high-wire playing. Radical."

Check it out here, along with the rest of Tyler's awesome review:



Relix Magazine features a great article by Jesse Jarnow on "The New Golden Age of the Guitar."  It focuses on some great folks, including my man Chris Forsyth, and includes this very kind line:
"On The Rarity of Experience, Forsyth finds an excellent foil in Nick Millevoi, another Philadelphia-based player whose own Desertion reveals him as a jazz-drenched electric guitarist who could maaaybe make Frank Zappa cool again. It’s 2016. Anything could happen."



Monday, July 11, 2016


A few weeks back, I had the honor of performing the US premier of some pieces composed by Derek Bailey in the 60s.

Here's a video of Alex Ward and I playing Bailey's realization of Stockhausen's "Plus-Minus":

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Just For a Moment, I Stood There in Silence

Scene Point Blank is premiering a video for my song, "Just For a Moment, I Stood There in Silence." Check it out here:


The video was directed by Dylan Pecora, who's worked with tons of great bands on some pretty far out videos.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dylan Carlson interview

I had the opportunity to interview Dylan Carlson (Earth), the guitarist behind some of my favorite slow-guitar jams, for Tiny Mix Tapes a few weeks ago before we shared a bill together in Philly.

Check it out here:


Monday, June 6, 2016


I'm hitting the road starting Wednesday, June 8, with Johnny DeBlase and Kevin Shea.

Check us out in one of these places:

w/Johnny DeBlase on bass and Kevin Shea on drums

June 8th - Hudson, NY - The Spotty Dog w/Slow Collins
June 9th - Toronto, ON - Burn Down The Capital @ Ratio w/Steve Kado and zhang
June 10th - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes w/Ben Miller
June 11th - Chicago, IL - Elastic Arts w/Katherine Young's quartet and Michael Vallera
June 12th - Lafayette, IN - Spot Tavern
June 13th - Columbus, OH - Cara Bar w/Ryan Jewell Quintet, A Beamed Gelling Rose, Faster Island
June 14th - Pittsburgh, PA - City of Asylum 

Here's a great preview from the Chicago Reader:


Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio, Katie Young, Michael Vallera 

When: Sat., June 11, 9 p.m.
Price: $10 suggested donation
On most recordings I’ve heard by Philadephia guitarist Nick Millevoi his playing is unapologetically aggressive and noisy, unleashing jaggedly lacerating outbursts that fit neatly within the general brutal prog milieu (see: his long-running trio Many Arms). Millevoi’s playing is no less furious with free-jazz quartet Haitian Rail or when he teams up with improvisers like Toshimaru Nakamura or Dead Neanderthals. So I was pretty shocked the first time I heard the new Desertion (Shhpuma), an often melodic quartet album that showcases a reserved, atmospheric side of his music. Deftly supported by keyboardist Jamie Saft, drummer Ches Smith, and Many Arms bassist Johnny DeBlase, Millevoi carves out enough space to turn American music into one sprawling cosmic jam, balancing country with a kind of denatured funk. It’s not all chill, as opening cut “Desertion and the Arsonist’s Match” draws upon classic prog gestures, with massive organ swells from Saft, overdriven beats by Smith, and needling, upper-register leads from the guitarist—all before segueing into one of many passages that evoke post-Morriccone renderings of the American southwest. “Just for a Moment, I Stood There in Silence” most surprised me: the tender, twangy waltz features lyric violin fills by guest June Bender and eventually veers into straight Crazy Horse territory with a luxuriantly stomping groove. On “Where They Do Their Capers,” Millevoi hovers within clouds of reverb and texture, waiting for a resolution that never arrives. His touring lineup includes DeBlase and drummer Kevin Shea of Haitian Rail and Mostly Other People Do the Killing.
— Peter Margasak