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Don performs at Solos Duos Todos, at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park

Don performs at Somafest at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA

Don composes music for Alice’s Wonderland, Directed by Ezra LeBank, Presented by CALREP in Long Beach, CA

Don directs a group of CSULB Percussion Majors in Ensemble Improvisation. Their piece is performed March 23 in the Daniel Recital Hall at CSULB

Don performed pmpd’s work, more essential, at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA as part of their New Shoes series


Wood & Wires, a new recording in collaboration with Ray Dillard, is released

Don’s music for choreography by Peter Carpenter is performed at Links Hall, Chicago. August 18-19.

New recordings from Dave Schoepke’s Blank Radio sessions will include work by Don.

Don contributes music to Eat Me, a film directed by Adrian Cruz.

Don performs as part of Ted Atkatz’s TAPS West Coast percussion seminar.

Don contributes music for choreography by Rebecca Bryant and Daniel Davis is presented at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Fransisco and Performatica Festival in Puebla, Mexico.

Don’s music for choreography by Rebecca Bryant is presented at 92nd Street Y in NYC in July.

Don performs as part of the Gypsy Collective’s “Offerings to the Immaculate Din” at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, May 28, 8pm. Live experimental music with live projections.

Julio De León performs my snare drum solo, Station of Small Sounds on April 29, 4pm in the Daniel Recital Hall at CSULB.

Don collaborates with Danny Weiss for the Jazz Club series in Lafayette Indiana. The concert revolves around Jazz and Poetry, Sunday April 10.

The Ensemble Improvisers collaborates with dance for a piece on the University Percussion Group concert April 12 in the Daniel Recital Hall, 8pm at CSULB. I will also be performing with the ensemble.

ASKQUESTIONSLATER, choreography by Rebecca Bryant and music by Don Nichols, is selected for the American College Dance Association’s National Conference at the Kennedy Center in June.

Don is directing a great group of CSULB Percussion Majors in Ensemble Improvisation. Their piece will be performed March 24 in the Daniel Recital Hall 8pm at CSULB. Also on the program will be my Another Border Crossing solo for Tombak.

I am pleased to announce I’m endorsing Dream Cymbals and Gongs. They make a variety of fantastic sounding instruments, and they enthusiastically support artists of all kinds who make interesting music.

I am working with percussionist Ray Dillard on a new duo recording project. We are in the mixing stage and I’m already excited at how it’s sounding. Look for it this fall, and check back here for updates.

A document of my exploratory process, DN Daily, is updated on the SOUNDS page.


Tour to Colombia as a special guest with Mo Trout and the Purdue Jazz Combo. Multiple residencies around the country that include teaching workshops and performing.

Returning to his collaboration with dancemaker Peter Carpenter, they complete another installment of Carpenter’s Rituals of Abundance for Lean Times.

New Recording by Bryce Beverlin II and Don Nichols – Fortments

Don performs as part of Milwaukee’s Unrehearsed series for improvised music.


-Don performs at PASIC Technology Day, Nov. 13. In addition, he presents a talk on his use of technology in the creation of his piece Black Sparrow Shadow.

-Don creates a sound score for a new work by dancemaker Peter Carpenter.  Performances will be at the Dance Center at Columbia College in Chicago October 10, 11 and 12, 2013.

-Don performs with Wild Space Dance Company for their Acts of Wilderness, a site specific work at the Menomonee Valley Three Bridges Park in Milwaukee.

-Don was selected as a resident artist by Music Omi for their 2013 residency

-Don continues his collaborations with Sandra Mathern as he performs live music for her piece Swimming in Green at the Conduit Dance Guest Artist Series in Portland, Oregon in June

-Don performs with dance company bK SOUL, poets from Collective Purpose and PMPD at the First Annual San Diego Fringe Festival