Nico Guerrero is a French experimental composer / guitarist based in Paris and Reykjavik. He made an impression with his dark shoegaze Vortex project in the early 90’s. The 1st album (‘Eksaïphnès’ – Les Disques du Soleil et de l’Acier, 2000) laid down already the foundations for the frozen, cosmic and noisy universe that Nico was going to explore later. The band is still active in musical collaborations (Genesis P. Orridge & Psychic TV tribute, Johanna Billing project, Aima Lichtblau, NG…).
Nico is currently working in solo, using electronic filters and occult alterations of guitar chords as Prima Matera. He builds soundspaces saturated with overtones, ringing like hallucinatory organ clusters expanding towards the infinite. Imbued with esoteric references and devotion to Icelandic volcanic powers, his music is sometimes cold, incantatory, bright or abstract, evoking a deep melancholy and a certain idea of desolation.
In 2015, the American composer Rhys Chatham invited him to compose instrumental pieces in duet configuration. Nico played also with him in studio, on stage, as a duo or as 2nd conductor for the 100 Guitars project.
“Live at the Nordic House – The Nordic Intimate Sessions” is the Nico’s latest album, recorded during the Iceland Airwaves Festival in Nov. 2018, a highlight of the Icelandic music scene. Totally inspired by the wild Icelandic lanscapes and loneliness, this album pays homage to artists Coil, first, with a cover of “A Cold Cell” and the singer-songwriter Nico, whose specter is felt to barely veiled on “Clepsydra”. Cold ambient could be a good definition for this sound. The whole is deep, emotional and close to the ceremonial, reminding the mood of Current 93, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson or even some solo works of Stephen O’Malley.
In May 2020, Nico started a new musical collaboration with the San Francisco-based label Silent Records and his creator Kim Cascone. First of all, by appearing in the “Dark Indicator 2 – Guitar & String Drones Collection” album released on October 23, 2020, then for a solo album scheduled for spring 2021.