Burnt Sugar’s Jared Michael Nickerson: “I’ve never been a two-fingers bass player... Most of my recording career is based on plucking with my thumb”

Jared Nickerson
(Image credit: Randy Lu)

Burnt Sugar – whose full title is Burnt Sugar, The Arkestra Chamber – makes music like you’ve never heard before. In fact, they’ve never really heard it, either: this highly improvisatory and eclectic group creates new pieces every performance via a special hand-signal conducting system.

The collective is co-led by groove-guru bassist Jared Michael Nickerson, whose musical background spans funk, rock, pop, and more. His upbringing in Dayton, Ohio informs that span of genres, and in turn his stylistic choices in Burnt Sugar.

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