New North's second concert 'Monochrome' will feature a collaboration between Theo Carbo (guitar) and Niran Dasika (trumpet). These accomplished young improvisers will perform a new duo work that explores delays and repetition on micro and macro scales. Sharing interests in minimalist textures and live electronics, the duo will experiment with interconnected processing chains and slowly evolving forms.


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Theo Carbo is a guitarist, composer and producer with a finely honed sensitivity to the ebbs and flows of his musical environments. He has a rare ability to transcend cliches of style while working within their parameters, creating tensions between risk, provocation,  and the contrary impulses to be empathetic and supportive of collaborators. His unique perspective has lead him to perform and record with many of Australia’s most important musicians including Barney McAll, Andrea Keller, Sam Anning, Gian Slater, Chris Hale and Paul Williamson, as well as with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Speak Percussion.


Theo is a keen philosopher of music and a student of composition at the Victorian College of the Arts. He has recently been developing a broader practice that involves experimental composition, electronic processes, solo and ensemble improvisation and studio engineering.  Theo is New North's resident sound technician and his fine recording and mixing work can be heard in the listen tab of this website. 



Niran Dasika is a Melbourne/Naarm based trumpeter, improvisor and composer who makes an etherial sound on the instrument. Niran plays with an arresting vocal quality, creating songlike melodies that have the intimacy and immediacy of a folk song, transformed by his expansive instrumental facility.


Niran has developed his career between Australia and Japan where he lived for several years, and has released seven albums as a leader. The most recent‘Kiri’ was released in 2020 through ABC Jazz and captured his long-term duo collaboration with Japanese pianist Sumire Kuribayashi. Niran has also recently released Volumes 1-3 of ‘Assorted Drone Music’, an ongoing collection of self-produced electronic music. His work has been recognised by a number of awards including the 2017 National Jazz Awards (2nd Place), the 2019 Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year, the 2019 APRA AMCOS Professional Development Awards, and the Freedman Jazz Fellowship (finalist, 2020).

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