The Wall Street Journal writes, “…Mr. Zoulek’s performance, on saxophones in every range, is stunningly virtuosic, whatever the genre… None of that would matter much (except to saxophonists) if Mr. Zoulek were a less imaginative composer.” His influence on the fields of contemporary music and avant-garde performance has added color, energy, and light to the enigmatic world of the saxophone.
An artist of “pure mindfulness and talent” (PopMatters), Nick’s craft has taken his Midwestern roots across France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Serbia, India, Italy, Uganda, and the United States. He remains equally engaged in solo performance, multimedia collaboration, improvisation, and commissioning new works. Nick’s unique abilities on the horn have been lauded as “a no-holds-barred engine of avant-garde exploration,” (Portland Press Herald) with the capacity to “[take] you to other worlds.” (Milwaukee Magazine)
Experimenting with the emotional potential of visual performance, Nick has scored and performed dance works with Wild Space Dance Company, the Madison Ballet, HYPERlocal, and with members of the Zenon and Like You Mean It dance companies. Mixing digital production with immersive storylines, vibrant color, and advanced cinematography, Zoulek’s film works are rhythmic, primal, and intelligible, and have garnered international awards including Best Experimental Film from the London Modcon International Film Festival.
Nick’s music can be heard on his 2016 album Rushing Past Willow (INNOVA Records), which fuses all of facets of his work through pieces for alto, tenor, and – less commonly heard by the greater public – the towering bass saxophone.