The prolific Madison jazz musician discusses his experiences playing music in Cuba and India. (Photo: Moran, left, with percussionist Frank Mola of the Ballet Folklorico de Camaguey. Photo by Paddy Cassidy.)
If you go out to see live music in Madison with any kind of frequency, it’s pretty impossible not to see Nick Moran playing bass. His projects over the years have included the Afro-Peruvian jazz quartet Golpe Tierra, the New Breed Jazz Jam on Tuesday nights at the North Street Cabaret, Phat Phunktion, MadiSalsa, and the hip-hop band Dumate. He’s also an instructor of bass at the UW-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music.
Moran grew up in Madison, but some of the really important parts of his musical life have taken place abroad. Lately he’s been making trips to Cuba as part of a cultural exchange between Madison and its sister city of Camaguey, and Golpe Tierra recently played a series of shows and workshops in India. We’ve covered a lot of Nick’s different projects on Tone Madison over the years, but sat down with him in February just to talk about his experiences traveling and playing overseas.
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