Nick Jaina is a musician and writer from Portland, Oregon.
He has toured the world over the last decade, releasing several albums on HUSH Records and Fluff & Gravy Records. He co-founded the Satellite Ballet and Collective in New York City, which has collaborated with dancers from the New York City Ballet and Julliard. He has composed soundtracks for feature films and plays.
Get It While You Can is his first book, an impressionistic memoir about a love of music and the world. It was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award.
His latest album Brutal Lives is out on Fluff & Gravy Records. It is available on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, and wherever digital albums are sold. There will be an album release performance at the Liquor Store in Portland on October 6th.
Nick Jaina's 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.
It was nominated for a 2016 Oregon Book Award.
PRAISE FOR GET IT WHILE YOU CAN
"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."
- LA Review of Books (4.13.15)
"So gorgeously frank you'll be tempted to steal from [it]."
- Vancouver B.C.'s Georgia Straight (1.16.15)