Bio

 
      

Nick Millevoi is a guitarist and composer whose music searches for the sonic cracks between jazz, rock and roll, noise, and modern composition. His band, Desertion Trio, featuring bassist Johnny DeBlase and drummer Kevin Shea, takes on the history of instrumental electric guitar music and throws it in a blender. Noisey describes Desertion Trio as “Supremely weird desert noir,” and NPR Music said the band’s debut “hits the sweet spot between Neil Young's exploratory Crazy Horse jams and a spaghetti western soundtrack.”


Millevoi also makes one half of the duo Archer Spade, with trombonist Dan Blacksberg. With Archer Spade, Nick has has performed composed works by Derek Bailey, Mick Barr, Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Soldier, Gene Coleman, and many others. With guitarist Matt Hollenberg (Cleric, John Frum), Millevoi co-leads the Hollenberg-Millevoi Quartet, formed to perform John Zorn’s Bagatelles. Nick was co-leader of the power trio, Many Arms, releasing five full-length records, including two for John Zorn’s Tzadik label, has been a member of Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, performing on their critically-acclaimed double LP, The Rarity of Experience, as well as a member of Hassidic doom metal band Deveykus (Tzadik). In addition to these longer standing collaborations, Nick has performed with Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Dead Neanderthals, Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Fugazi’s Joe Lally.


As a performer in many different projects, Nick regularly tours throughout the US and Europe, and has performed at festivals such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Gaffer Fest (France), Incubate (Netherlands), Mission Creek Festival (US), the Montreal Jewish Music Festival, Nelsonville Music Festival (US), the New Atlantis Festival (DC), Suoni Per Il Popolo (Canada), and John Zorn's Masada Book Three Premiere concert at New York's Town Hall and Ultimate Bagatelles Marathon. Nick's music has been released by labels such as Tzadik, ShhPuma/Clean Feed, New Atlantis, Gaffer, The Flenser, Sick Room, and Public Eyesore.


NPR Music says, “When Nick Millevoi plays the guitar, it's like a rocket darting skyward between clouds.” Pitchfork has described his sound as, “Music that seeks the sun by exploding toward it.” Brooklyn Vegan calls Millevoi, "An attacking chessmaster, tossing out chameleonesque scales and runs." Millevoi's music has been reviewed by Noisey, SPIN, NPR Music, The Onion AV Club, Wire magazine, and many others.