Nick Bazzano

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Nick received his B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University where he studied the theory, history and literature of performance with concentrations in critical and cultural theory, 20th and 21st century avant-gardes and jazz. He earned his M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU, where he completed a Master's project about theories of assemblage, affect, Afrofuturism and becoming alien in the music of L.A. abstract hip-hop producer Ras G. 


I came to Performance Studies looking to unburden and expand my thought. During my undergraduate career, I became increasingly frustrated and limited by the constraints of doing work under the domineering aegis of a rigid, arcane disciplinary logic. Inquiries- like mine- into the politics and aesthetics of sound, media, and performance work tend to sprawl far beyond the confines of one particular regime of thought, spawning diverse assemblages theretofore unanalyzable to me. I needed to find a way to take up multiple analytic positions and develop new, articulated modes of research and practice in order to get closer to knowing what and how I wanted to know. At Performance Studies, I came to find people asking questions similar in type, scale, and sense to my own, and even more: our faculty and my colleagues are horrifyingly intelligent, dramatically innovative, generously collaborative, and radically post disciplinary, consistently pushing at the border of both knowing doing and doing knowing. Also, our department happens to find itself in the epicenter of both a city and a series of worlds that performatively match its ethos, making PS an experience and opportunity unlike any other. I'm not sure I'd be able to pursue work like mine anywhere else, because performance studies is always looking to accept and to grow, to expand itself beyond itself in order to take seriously the objects, processes, and performances that make the world around us.


  • Co-Managing Editor at TDR: The Drama Review
  • Recent Publications: "The June Tyson Sessions: remixperiments with vocal materiality and the becoming-woman of cosmic music," Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, 24:1. "Gettin' Out There: Abstract Beats, Weird Vitality, and Becoming-Alien," Classic Drug References, 2013. (3-EP boxed set of L.A.-area experimental hip hop with accompanying 'zine).


  • critical and cultural theory
  • sound studies
  • affect theory
  • media studies
  • Deleuze & Guattari
  • speculative realisms and new materialism
  • aesthetic capitalism 
  • hyperstition 


Bazzano is also a free jazz saxophonist and experimental electronic music producer who lives in Harlem. 

"I'm not sure I'd be able to pursue work like mine like this anywhere else, because performance studies is always looking to accept and to grow." - Nick Bazzano