Photo credit: Freja M. Kreutzfeldt

Hovering between worlds, Nikki Martin [they/them] – published earlier as Nick Martin – is a composer/singer and teacher who strives for naked emotional honesty and a search for the sacred no matter what they turn their attention to. Their music is sensitive, often filled with a melancholic longing. Over the past ten years, they have slowly fallen into the borderlands where musical wildflowers grow out of the cracks in traditions. Martin has made their home in Copenhagen, where they established the group Blue Luminaire, with whom their debut album, ‘Terroir’, is released on Bella Union in August 2022. A digital EP ‘Bittersweet’, recorded by Kimi Ensemble, was released on 3rd June 2022, on Dacapo Records.

Martin has made their home in Copenhagen, where they established the group Blue Luminaire, which comprises musicians and singers from folk, jazz and classical traditions. As a composer, Martin has written music for orchestras, ensembles and soloists, including Ensemble Intercontemporain, Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Copenhagen Phil, Daniel Pioro, The Willow Consort, Esprit Orchestra, Bjarke Mogensen, Copenhagen Cello Quartet, Copenhagen Girls’ Choir, Mercury Quartet and Esbjerg Ensemble. Their music has been performed internationally, in festivals and concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall, The Barbican & Tate Modern in London, and throughout the Nordic countries.

They have provided original music for film, including ‘Harpiks’, directed by Daniel Borgman, produced by Zentropa/Adomeit Film, and ‘Alexander Tovborg – Troens Ridder’, directed by Andreas Johnsen. Martin holds a bachelor’s in composition from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where their teacher was Simon Bainbridge, and a master’s degree in composition from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where their teachers were Bent Sørensen and Hans Abrahamsen. Martin completed an advanced postgraduate degree at the Rhythmical Music Conservatory in 2021 and began teaching composition there in the fall of that year.