Berklee College of Music graduate, Nikola Stajic, fuses a sophisticated traditional Balkan music with jazz harmony and improvisation. He is known for his percussive acoustic finger-style and the use of odd meters. As a young child in Serbia, Stajic taught himself to play guitar, until the age of fourteen when he got accepted to Stankovic School of Music in Belgrade, as a Guitar Jazz Performer. He won the “Guitar Art” competition in solo jazz guitar style.
In the guitar world it is a well-known story about Nikola meeting one of the best acoustic guitar players Tommy Emmanuel, who helped Nikola to come to Berklee. Since his graduation, Nikola has been performing around the United States and Europe as a solo artist and with various groups, including Stjepan Hauser, Tommy Emmanuel, Rade Serbedzija, and Amira Medunjanin, he has been working as a session musician, composer, arranger, and a producer. He recently released his debut album “Monody”.
Nikola’s debut album “Monody” is an honest depiction of his life, where every song brings a listener to a new musical journey. Nikola’s love for Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Balkan music engraved a unique fusion style into his original songs, while his extraordinary finger-style technique further supported his creativity and realization of “Monody”. In 2020 Nikola will be performing his new original music, and some older solo guitar arrangements.