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Nik Svarc

  • Nik Svarc
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  • Nik Svarc

Nik Svarc is Graduate of Leeds College Of Music. His teaching history includes ‘The British Academy of New Music’ in London where he taught Ed Sheeren amongst others. He also currently teaches Guitar at Hull University, and teaches as a Mentor at Leeds College Of Music on the post graduate Pop Music course.

Nik has played at various jazz and popular music festivals, most notably Birstonas Jazz Festival in Lithuania, Manchester Jazz Festival, Marsdon Jazz Festival, Wigan Jazz Festival, Southport Jazz Festival, The 02 Wireless Festival (Hyde Park) and Gateshead International Jazz Festival amongst many others.

He has recently been selected for the Northern Line (Jazz North) touring support scheme with one of his bands, Svarc, Hanley, Longhawn (SHL) by a panel including renowned saxophonist Stan Sultzman. The band released their last album, SHL #2, early this year and this is available on CD and digitial download via bandcamp.

Nik also runs a Power Trio, SvarcTrio, with bass player Garry Jackson and drummer Dave Walsh which is set to release its second album this year. A member of bassist Scott Devine’s Project featuring Louie Palmer (Mike Stern/Janek Gwizdala) and Russell Van Den Berg (Kenny Wheeler/Carla Bley/Phil Woods), he is also the Guitarist in the Russell Van Den Berg Quartet, appearing on two Albums: ‘Aquitaine Heights’ and ‘Aphonia’.

Nik has worked with Scott Devine on a blues course and has recorded and performed with a variety of pop bands and solo artists such as ‘Rodina’ featuring Joe Tatton (The New Mastersounds), Rhianna Kenny (Faithless/Ian Brown), Jarvis, producer Al Stone (Jamiroquai) and legendary studio engineer and record producer Phil Brown.

Alongside being a working musician and composer Nik also teaches in and around the London and Leeds areas at various educational institutions and is a highly gifted educator.

Nik is also a member of The Groove Razors featuring Alan Short (Alto Saxophone and Flute), Nik Svarc (Guitar), Tomasz Zyrmont (Piano and Keys), Kevin Glasgow (Bass) and Laurie Lowe (Drums). The Groove Razors recently toured Poland and are now recording their second album.

Nik is also a member of Dave Hassell’s Hydra with saxophonist Andy Scott.

Recently Nik has performed at the London Bass Guitar Show at London Olympia, working with Scott Devine, Oli Rockberger and Jack Pollitt, performing on The SBL (Scott’s Bass Lessons) Stage.

He has also recently performed with the Laurence Cottle Trio.

Regularly demonstrating equipment for companies such as Acoustic Image and Davis Amplification, Nik also endorses Hawk Picks.

Nik welcomes enquiries from prospective online students.


“Guitarist Nik Svarc is certainly one to check out in the future.” – JazzWise

“Nik Svarc has the sort of tone that other players can only aspire to and his fantastic command of his instrument is a real highlight of the album. His playing is very evocative and is never cold or lacking in emotion despite its obvious technical quality.” – DPRP

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