Nick Zoulek is a modern saxophonist of “pure mindfulness and talent” (PopMatters). His focus on performance, collaboration, multimedia, improvisation, and commissioning new works has led to a diverse portfolio of distinctive artistic ventures, performing across France, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.
As a soloist, Nick’s craft has been lauded as “stunningly virtuosic, whatever the genre” (The Wall Street Journal) with the capacity to “[take] you to other worlds” (Milwaukee Magazine). The versatility Nick displays on the saxophone has been praised as “[b]eautiful harmonies [singing] in contrast to mysterious knockings and hums, and finally to ungodly, soul-shattering blasts” (Shepherd Express). He has been featured as a soloist with the University of Wisconsin Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Boulogne Ensemble du Vent. Nick has performed as a visiting guest artist at universities across the United States, most recently as the Artist in Residence for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee SENSORIA series, as well as the Ohio State University, Wayne State University, Kent State University, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Missouri Southern State University, and Oklahoma City University.
As an interdisciplinary artist, Nick is “a no-holds-barred engine of avant-garde exploration,” (Portland Press Herald). He has served as music director with Wild Space Dance Company, and has scored and performed dance works with the Madison Ballet, HYPERlocal, and with members of Zenon and Like You Mean It dance companies. Experimenting with the expressive potential of media, Nick often works with film and animation. His films center on self-composed scores, and have been screened at festivals in England, Serbia, Africa, and around the United States. Nick's media works have garnered numerous awards, including Best Experimental Film from the London Modcon International Film Festival and Largo Film Festival. Nick’s music can be heard on Rushing Past Willow (INNOVA Records), which fuses all of facets of his work through self-composed pieces for alto, tenor, and bass saxophone.
Nick maintains an active profile researching the saxophone’s role in contemporary classical music, presenting on contemporary aesthetics and saxophone performance. He has served on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (sabbatical replacement), teaching saxophone and jazz studies courses. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance at Bowling Green State University with the guidance of Distinguished Artist Professor Dr. John Sampen. Nick holds a Master of Music Performance from BGSU, a Certificat des Études Musicales from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régionale de Boulogne-Billancourt, and a Bachelor of Music Performance with Magna Cum Laude honors from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has previously learned with Jean-Michel Goury, Dr. Matthew Sintchak, and Dr. Jon Amon.