April 2016

After two years untouched, I return! For the moment the original ’13 blurb left below will provide a sound biography for those interested. Since it’s writing I have graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium and recently returned from a tour of the States with the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra, featuring an extended post-tour jaunt/musical pilgrimage across the land of the free/home of the jazz.

Although two years isn’t such a long time in the scheme of many grand things, a multitude of moments and experiences sit between my initial internet foray and now. Rereading earlier posts, I’ve been left equal parts disturbed and amazed. I definitely do not align with all I wrote two years ago. As cringe worthy as some of the articles may be to both of us, it’s in many ways a treat for me to have such a tangible marker of growth- although some culling may still be in order. I hope in another two years I look back on the coming posts of 2016 with an even heavier cringe!

As so much as a promotional tool, this particular ‘fold’ of the internet will fore-mostly continue to casually house my thoughts, opinions and work. Although many things have changed in two years, my goal of being a creative artist (whatever that really means) persists. This is a journey to better understand myself, my instrument and the world (and beyond) around me in the hope of creating something meaningful. 



April 2013…

Hey, I’m Nick. People call me Cagla. Im a jazz trumpet player from Sydney. I’m passionate about improvised music.

I’ve been blessed to have grown up in South-East Sydney, around the St George/Sutherland Shire area. I started music like most, in the final years of primary school. I was lucky enough to attend Caringbah High where quite late in the scheme of things, I found jazz and improvising through mentor and now good friend Adrian Lim-Klumpes. These days I attend the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney as a second year jazz major.

I now study under some of the best jazz /improvising musicians in the Southern Hemisphere, including the Kimnara guys [Phil Slater, Matt McMahon and Simon Barker] who are by anyones account some of the most phenomenal musicians on the planet, not to mention my favourite musicians, ever.

I really love Australian improvised music. Whether it’s from Sydney labels Kimnara, Jazzgroove and Birdland or Melbourne’s labels of Jazzhead and Rufus, Australian improvised ensembles are world class. I can’t stress how much you’d be doing yourself a favour to check out those labels if you haven’t already.

In terms of taste, I play everything from trad to avant garde. I’ve played in strut bands, big bands, ska bands, funk bands, free ensembles and on hip-hop dates to jazz festivals to cocktail parties. If im not playing music i’m teaching it around Southern Sydney, something I’m passionate about. Otherwise you’ll catch me in the surf or sipping on a really well extracted espresso.

This space is a way to share my ideas and opinions-and hopefully in due time the ideas and opinions of my friends. But deeper than that, it’s a sort of symbol of my journey from a tertiary music student to professional musician; where one day I get to add a gig calendar and media bay and so forth. Whether or not it all comes to fruition, who knows. I’m taking it all one day at a time for now. But it’s not too shabby a journey to be on, hey.


Nick Cagla