Nick Tsiavos


Since 1994, Tsiavos has been developing new music for the solo bass as well a his ensemble projects. As an immigrant to Australia, a product of the Greek diaspora of the 1950's,  he is interested in and informed by non-canonical discourse, while refusing the tokenism that ethnicity often entails. The diversity of his cultural influences come together to create work articulating an intensely personal response to the problematics of contemporary Australian culture.


Tsiavos has performed as a bass soloist in a wide range of situations and venues including The Melbourne Recital Centre,  La Mama, The BMW Edge for MAV and the Antipodes Festival (Melbourne), ‘Kulcha’ (Fremantle), at MONA FOMA and at Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music (Hobart) and at the Brett Whiteley Retrospective at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has performed as a bass soloist in concert tours throughout Australia, with the assistance of the Australia Council of the Arts. 

…..absolutely solo and absolutely improvised. A double-bassist who really can bow - here, with some edge and oomph’

Doug Spencer, The Weekend Planet, ABC RN


‘…Tsiavos illustrates the instrument’s brooding strength and breadth of communicative impact, as well as exploring its unexpectedly wide range and remarkable powers of resonance.’ 

Clive O’Connell, The Saturday Age