Dr Nick Katuszonek is a drummer/educator working at the forefront of contemporary pop and Jazz.
He has a BA (Hons), MMus and PhD in Jazz studies and he also has PGCert PAE from Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music. After completing his studies Nick was offered a teaching post at LCoM and is now a principal lecturer, specialising in drum kit studies, performance in context and ensemble studies.
In 2009, Nick was appointed as a visiting lecturer at the music conservatoire in Stavanger, Norway, lecturing in contemporary improvisation techniques and rhythmic studies. Nick’s drum students have gone on to achieve success in a variety of contemporary music settings, ranging from Pop – Mike Spearman, Everything Everything – to contemporary jazz – Mark Holub, Led Bib.
In 2010 Nick was awarded a PhD scholarship as part of the Rhythm Changes Project. This is a HERA sponsored research project involving leading contemporary music academics from nine European countries. His research is performance based and is focused on a practical examination of the relationship between contemporary jazz, improvisation and popular music in various European settings. His two current projects involve working with Norwegian musicians on interpretations of the music of A-ha and a comparative project in the UK using the music of The Smiths.
Nick has performed professionally throughout UK and Europe for over fifteen years. He has worked, recorded and performed with a number of musicians operating on the cutting edge of contemporary music including Matt Bourne (Metropolis), Christophe de Bezanec (Trio-VD), Didrik Ingvaldsen (Pocket Corner), Petter Frost Fadnes (Geordie Approach – Thin Red Line) and Jan Kopinski (Pinski Zoo). He is a founding member of the critically acclaimed Metropolis, a group in its eleventh year, with three album releases. The Norway based ‘Ah-a project’ and the UK based ‘The Smiths Experience’ both led by Nick, have recently recorded albums and continue to perform throughout Europe.
Specializes in contemporary rhythmic techniques, Moeller method and Improvisation studies.
Regular collaborator with some of Europe’s leading contemporary musicians, including Matt Bourne, Christophe de Bezanec, Petter Frost Fadnes and John Lilja.
Awarded PhD scholarship as part of The Rhythm Changes research project.