Victor Nicholls

Using electronics, Victor Nicholls has developed a unique approach to the fretless bass, creating abstract soundscapes that are often beautiful and violent. An experienced improviser, he has challenged preconceptions about the instrument, expanding the musical colours used in ensembles in free improvisation and traditional music settings.

Victor has over forty years experience working with an eclectic range of musicians including theatre orchestras, military and brass bands, and post-punk groups. He was a member of Anglo-French group, Scarp, whose fiery, rhythmic and contemporary take on traditional music earned the World Music Album of the Year in France and one of the Bands of the Decade for Radio 3’s “Mixing It”.

Victor is one half of duos with Harry Dawes (trombone and theremin) and Jo Freya (voice). Currently he is a member of Evening Star with bouzouki player Carlos Beceiro (La MuscaƱa), accordionist Luke Daniels, and hurdy hurdy star, Patrick Bouffard (La Chavanee, Giles Chabanat).

Most recently, Victor’s tuba playing has anchored a 90-strong community wind band.