Nick Dunston is a Brooklyn-based composer, bassist, and scholar. An “indispensable player on the New York avant-garde" (New York Times), his performances have spanned a variety of venues and festivals across countries in North America and Europe. While not tethered to any one community, his work often finds itself in between the spaces of jazz, Black American music, 20th and 21st century western classical music, No wave, and in many cases, cross-disciplinary collaborations. Improvisation and experimentation, while not aesthetics nor genres, are often the means to which Dunston realizes his work. He's performed and toured professionally with ensembles led by artists such as Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer, Marc Ribot, Ches Smith, Imani Uzuri, Ingrid Laubrock, Anthony Coleman, Roman Filiu, Jonathan Finlayson, Amirtha Kidambi, Moor Mother, Dave Douglas, Matt Wilson, Tomas Fujiwara, Allison Miller, Jeff Lederer, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and Darius Jones. He’s spent extensive time studying with bassists Linda May Han Oh, Ben Street, Harish Raghavan, as well as with composer Missy Mazzoli.
As a composer, Dunston has written for a wide range of artists; from solo instrumentalists, to his own bands, to chamber orchestras, to performance artists. He's been commissioned by entities such as the New York Public Library of Performing Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, The Witches, violist Joanna Mattrey, the ESMAE Jazz and Chamber Orchestras, and his working band, Atlantic Extraction. In 2019 he was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship by Roulette Intermedium. As a writer, he's contributed monthly to Hot House jazz magazine since 2016.