I'm looking for shows across America. I generally perform for an hour and can work with or without an opener. My show is a mixture of music and reading. It's not just for intellectuals. It's for lovers of life.

My ideal space is a living room or gallery. It works best as a gathering of friends. If I have ten people to read to, I'm happy. If there are more that is great too. What is important is that people want to listen. I'd rather have fewer people if it means that the audience is quiet and respectful. 

I don't need a microphone or a PA. Just a space and people who want to listen. If I can pass a hat to collect money and sell my books, it works for me. I'll do the rest.

More details on the tour page.

If you want to help, email


"Terrific, wry... as moving as it is precise. What the book does so well is to let us feel how powerfully making pulls against living, how making can become living, though it may leave the maker wanting."
- Review from LA Review of Books (4.13.15)

"Poignant and profound."
Book Notes for Largehearted Boy (2.27.15)

"Wonderful, timely... Get It While You Can is so much more than a slight book by a guy who loses his guitar. Part memoir, part music criticism, part cathartic exorcism, it's a meditation on suffering and the things we put ourselves through in the name of discovering the best version of ourselves."
Willamette Week review (1.28.15)

"So gorgeously frank you'll be tempted to steal from [it]."
Article in Vancouver B.C.'s Georgia Straight (1.16.15)

- Interview with KRUU Fairfield (6.1.15)
- Interview with Marfa Public Radio (5.26.15)
- Interview with Drunk in a Midnight Choir (5.20.15)
Interview with Eleven Magazine (2.13.15)
Interview on Inessa Podcast (2.10.15)
Interview on Rendered Podcast (2.9.15)
Radio interview on OPB's Think Out Loud (1.27.15)

Nick Jaina's new book Get It While You Can is, as the Los Angeles Review of Books says, "a love song to music and to those who make it and live it." It is a warm, hopeful book about finding freedom and claiming it every day of your life, despite all the traps along the way. Perfect Day Publishing released the book in January of 2015 to voluminous praise.

Excerpts from the book have appeared or are forthcoming in McSweeney's QuarterlyOregon Humanities, Under the Gum Tree, and Portland Mercury.

Jaina's live performance is like an audio scrapbook. He loops together guitar melodies and found sounds and reads passages of his book over them. Potent words hang in the air as a guitar figure echoes out, leaving you time to digest the sentiment. In the middle of this sea of ideas and emotion, Nick breaks the tension by playing a song.

Here is a section from the book, previously posted as an Unsent Love Letter at Somnambulist.



Nick Jaina is a musician and writer from Portland, Oregon.

He has released several albums over the last decade under his own name, including 2013's Primary Perception on Fluff and Gravy Records, and 2010's A Bird in the Opera House on Hush Records.

He is a co-founder and musical director of the Satellite Ballet and Collective in New York City. He has composed music for ballets and contemporary dances with that group, featuring dancers from the New York City Ballet and Juilliard. Their most recent performance was two sold-out shows at Brooklyn Academy of Music in May 2014. Of that show, the New York Times wrote, "[The} pure, pungent, earthy music for strings, piano, and percussion... was the most physically bracing part of the night."

Get It While You Can is his first book.