Nicki & Patrick Adams
Nicki plays music in many contexts. He appears in weekly performances solo piano, trio, quintet and beyond. His critically acclaimed band GADADU has been said to â€œhelp redefine jazz in contemporary cultureâ€ (Chris Ingals, Popmatters).
Nicki Adams is a New York-based composer and pianist. He has worked with renowned artists including Corey Wilcox and Francisco Mela and appeared on NPR's Soundcheck and Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theatre. Nicki plays with many groups including his own band GADADU. His works have appeared in film and radio throughout the world. His forthcoming duo album, Lynx will be released on Sunnyside Records in January 2021.
While playing for ballet classes by day and gigging by night Nicki absorbed the influences of classical, jazz and contemporary soul. His work reflects his passion for environmental justice and animal welfare. He is a current member of numerous projects including: Corey Wilcox, GADADU, Votive Crown, EarthTone, Marcelino Feliciano, Zealï»¿, Robot Mommy and Michael Eaton.
Hailing from the arid expanse of northern Arizona, somewhere between the mountains and the desert, Patrick Adams grew up feeling a profound connection with the earth. He and his brother Nicki (keyboards) were musical from a young age, but inspiration wasnâ€™t only found on their instruments. The natural landscape was their backyard, and Patrick found melodies and rhythms in the world around himâ€”the howl of coyotes, the rustle of pine trees, the hiss of snakes, the cries of birds.
Patrick brought this aesthetic with him when he left Arizona for Cleveland, to continue his musical journey. He found a mentor in Detroit legend Marcus Belgrave, jazz great and long- time trumpet player for Ray Charles, and was given a serious education in the lineage of jazz, soul, and R&B. It was during this time that Adams honed his uniquely melodic compositional style, which has been praised by many of his mentors including Sean Jones, Billy Hart, and Jamey Haddad.
Patrick moved from Cleveland to New York where he became enveloped in the cityâ€™s rich musical history. The tones of the bustling city, the relentless energy, the human-synthesized soundscape invaded Patrickâ€™s consciousness and changed the way he heard music.