Trumpeter / Composer / Educator
Trumpeter Josh Deutsch and guitarist Nico Soffiato have been playing together in a duo setting since 2006. Over the last several years, Nico and Josh have been compiling a set of music composed specifically for this ensemble, including several co-written works. The duo setting allows for a level of transparency, interaction and sonic exploration which can be lost in larger ensembles. Josh and Nico have embraced the challenges and possibilities of writing for this duo, and created a book of original music, borrowing from some of their favorite classical, jazz and pop ideals, and ranging from electronic loops to entirely acoustic pieces, balancing carefully crafted compositions with space for exciting improvisation and interaction. Josh & Nico perform regularly around New York City, and have given concerts and masterclasses across the U.S. and Italy.
Deutsch and Soffiato also co-curate the 2x3 series in New York City, which brings together 3 duos in one night for a mix of separate performances and collaborations. The series has featured many outstanding musicians with duo projects, including Dan Weiss, Landon Knoblock, Jesse Stacken, Kirk Knuffke, Shai Maestro, Camila Meza, Dan Blake, Leo Genovese, Aaron Shragge, Ben Monder, Kirsten Slipp, Dov Manski, Sofia Rei, JC Maillard and many more!
The duo's new CD, Reverse Angle has been receiving praise from writers around the world.
"While guests, instrument changes, recognizable material, and intriguing structural devices all contribute to the success of this recording, the album's strongest selling point is simply the relationship between Deutsch and Soffiato. There's a comfort level in their exchanges that makes this music a pleasure to behold, regardless of complexity or intensity." – D. Bilawsky, All About Jazz (Full review)
"Trumpeter Josh Deutsch and guitarist Nico Soffiato take an invigorating approach to melody an harmony on their second outing, Reverse Angle, displaying an impressive command of diverse styles and textures...Through solid arrangements, bold colors and excellent harmonic balance, Deutsch and Soffiato make Reverse Angle truly memorable". – T. Holmes, The New York City Jazz Record (Full review - pdf download)
"On Time Gels #3, Mr. Soffiato plays some elegant, laid-back wha wha guitar...which sounds charming with Mr. Deutsch's lovely, somber trumpet...Gershwin's classic Someone to Watch Over Me is also done with sublime, austere elegance...It is nice for a change to listen to a disc which is melodic, somewhat haunting and tastefully played." – B. Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery. (Full review - scroll down)
“High energy and filled with musical intuition… two very inspired musicians” – B Pollaci, Anima Jazz
"Good for lovers of old jazz... one of those rare records to which anyone would return" – E. Garzia, Percorsi Musicali
Reverse Angle is available for purchase at CDBaby, and in digital form from iTunes and Amazon
Here's a promo video with samples of some of the new music:
The duo's first CD, "Time Gels", is also available from CDBaby and iTunes.
Nico Soffiato grew up in Italy but now calls Brooklyn home. He received a Master’s degree in philosophy with a thesis on the ontology of music, then moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music, where he studied with David Tronzo, Jon Damian, and Hal Crook, among others. Soffiato's first record as a leader was Just Add Water (2011, nBn Records). He leads the band Paradigm Refrain, whose rotating roster has included, Tronzo, Darius Jones, Nate Wooley, Marco Cappelli and many others.
"...with creative treatments and impressive attention to nuance, the ensemble crafts intriguing, enigmatic music that stands out from the otherwise oversaturated jazz scene and its tired sound." - John Engelman, Knocks from the Underground NYC
"One of the rising young players in this post-free, modern jazz genre is Italian composer and guitarist Nico Soffiato...a player who has studied the greats during his upbringing, but has also managed to develop a unique voice along the way; not an easy task for any player to achieve." –Matt Warnock
Trumpeter/Composer Josh Deutsch has established himself as a versatile and unique voice in New York’s music scene. Equally comfortable as a leader and sideman, Deutsch has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia.Deutsch’s projects include the band Pannonia, the Josh Deutsch / Nico Soffiato Duo and the Josh Deutsch Quintet. He can also be heard with Sofia Rei, Pedro Giraudo’s Expansions Big Band, The Hipstones, and Nathan Parker Smith’s Large Ensemble, and has appeared with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and the Duke Ellington Big Band directed by Victor Goines. Deutsch has twice led bands as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, directed by Dave Douglas, as well as the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle and the Outpost Summer Music Festival in Albuquerque. A native of Seattle, Deutsch holds degrees in music from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Oregon, and now resides in Queens, NY, where in addition to performing he is an active music educator and a founding member of the Queens Jazz OverGround.