Nicolas Caloia was a student of Lisle Ellis and Fred Hopkins, like them he is interested in many different types of music. A long time member of Montréal’s avant-garde community, Nicolas Caloia has performed with local artists such as Malcolm Goldstein, Rainer Wiens, Sam Shalabi and Michel F Côté, as well as internationally renowned artists like Joe McPhee, Joe Giardullo, Steve Lacy, Hassan Hakmoun and Tristan Honsinger, with whom he has a soon to be released recording.
For many years he led, and recorded with his own group, the Ratchet Orchestra, a group dedicated to performing original music, as well as the music of Sun Ra. Since 1999 Nicolas has enjoyed performing and recording with Bansuri player Catherine Potter’s Dunya Project. This group draws inspiration from North Indian classical music. Nicolas is presently working with M’rabet M Trio led by the multi-instrumentalist and Oud virtuoso Mel M’rabet, Miguel Medina, and an extraordinary assorted percussionist with multi-instrumentalist Michael BrownDrive on released by Borealis, which was nominated for a Juno Award in 2001.