Nick Semenykhin Trio
We are the Nick Semenykhin Trio featuring Solomon Gottfried on bass and Andrew Licata on drums. Spanning many musical genres this trio has been exploring various styles of jazz and improvised music.
Our band is heavily influenced by the jazz tradition, the interplay of Bill Evans Trios, the innovation and the sound of modern-day leading artists such as Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jonathan Kreisberg, and many more others. While being influenced by these great artists we are always in the never-ending quest of performing our own sound and making an impact on the music scene.
We perform original music as well as jazz standards and perform frequently at different venues throughout the tri-state area, such as Jazz At Lincoln Center, Trumpet’s Jazz Club, Fat Cat, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Tomi Jazz, Zinc Bar, Nighttown, and so on as well as private events.
It all started in the early September 2016 when Solomon and I were placed together in the same improvisation ensemble at The New School. After a few rehearsals, we were astonished by each other’s playing and the passion that we had for music. Shortly after, Solomon offered to play a session together with a friend of his, Andrew. After that session we instantly knew that there’s definitely something in the music that we just made, so we started to develop our sound and here we are. We just released a new record “Metamorphosis”, we have a numerous amount of gigs behind our backs and we keep on perfecting our craft every day, looking forward to new possibilities.
The members of our trio have performed with various prestigious jazz artists such Joshua Redman, Bob Mintzer, Ed Cherry, US tour with Victor Jones International Quintet, Richard Boukas, Peter Bernstein and Hal Galper.
Andrew started playing guitar when he was eleven and although loved playing it, did not feel completely at home and quickly picked up the drums and realized that’s what he truly wanted to focus on. Starting as a rock musician Andrew studied with local Santa Barbara drum teacher Craig Thatcher and was eventually introduced to jazz. When relocated in Princeton New Jersey, Andrew was the drummer for the prestigious Princeton Studio Band. While in this band Andrew had the opportunity to tour and play throughout Spain and perform in many different kinds of venues with artists such as Randy Brecker and Bob Mintzer. during his time in Studio Band, they successfully got first place back to back years at the Berklee School of Music High School Jazz Festival. Andrew also participated in the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra and was able to perform at music festivals such as The Umbria Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival, opening for musicians such as Chick Corea . During this time at Princeton High School, Andrew realized his true love and passion for jazz and music and made the decision that this is what he would want to do with his life. He was then introduced to John Riley who he then studied with for two years and would eventually become a mentor and friend. Andrew currently lives in New York and is attending the School of Jazz at the New School and is studying with Amir Siv.
Solomon started playing piano at six, and switched to the bass when he was twelve—the double bass was the instrument he always wanted to play and his parents relented when they decided he was big enough to handle the instrument. Though a New York City resident, Solomon attended high school at the prestigious Interlochen (MI) Arts Academy. At Interlochen he had the opportunity to work and develop along side some of the most talented young artists from around the world and performed with multiple jazz combos and big bands. As a Junior in high school he was featured as a soloist with Kris Bowers, Charles Yang and the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra in a debut performance aired live on NPR’s From the Top. Later that year Solomon also participated in a tour of China with his Quintet where he taught local classical musicians how to improvise and performed at various venues throughout the country. He has received multiple Outstanding Musician, a spot at the Vail Jazz Workshop, and in 2016 was awarded a full Presidential Merit Scholarship to The New School for Jazz in New York where he currently studies. At 18 years old Solomon has had the distinct privilege of being able to work with some of the worlds top bass players such as John Clayton, Reggie Workman, Linda Oh, Matt Brewer, and Cameron Brown. Performing with his Quintet, Quartet and Trio in venues around NYC such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s, Trumpets, Rue b, and others, Solomon has had the honor of sharing the stage with musicians such as Joshua Redman, Kris Bowers, Charles Yang, Vic Juris, Mark Dover, Michael Thurber, and Jeremy Manasia. http://solomongottfried.com/index.html
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