Dr. Nicole Jordan is an artist of the world: A Canadian born in Trinidad and Tobago, educated in England, she is a vocalist, performer, writer, and academic, and musician based between Canada, Tobago, and The Netherlands. Trained as a classical singer, she has performed internationally in opera and chamber music and has created and directed new music theatre productions. She had her debut at the Royal Danish Opera (2014) singing the role of the Strawberry woman in Gershwin’s, Porgy and Bess, and has sung many roles from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for various ensembles including Concerto Copenhagen (DK).
A versatile vocalist, Nicole explores the boundaries of her instrument with techniques ranging from coloratura soprano to spoken word. Most recently she has released the album Jab Jab with The Dr. Jordan Institute (2019) which blends Afro-Caribbean, classical, and electronic music with her own spoken word poetry and lyrics. This group was selected as a Spotlight Artist by the Dutch Performing Arts society (2019).
Nicole has performed and recorded with several ensembles including the Doelen Ensemble, The Harp Consort, Concerto Copenhagen, and the Canadian Chamber Choir, to name but a few. Nicole’s own theatrical creations such as Sweet Solitude (Premiere 2010), Solstice (Premiere 2012), and Snow Queen (Premiere 2014) regularly cross artistic boundaries to include dance, literature, and the visual arts. The vocal content of her work is based on classical and folk repertoire presented in new ways and new settings. Nicole’s work calls upon her own life stories, Caribbean heritage and spirituality, placed in contrast with her experiences of Canada and Europe. In 2017 she performed her one-woman show, Oya: Goddess of the Wind (Premiere 2015) for the Nassau Music Society (BS) about her personal encounters with the Orisha spiritual tradition.
Her first collection of poetry, '89' (Launched 2018) speaks to her diverse background and experiences. Her next collection, “thatlove” is anticipated in 2021. Recently she has been in demand for experimental and improvised vocals for video installations such as Katarina Zdjelar’s Europe Where have you Displaced Love? (Opening 2019) and Adam Patterson’s Ship of Fools (Opening 2020). Nicold finds video art fascinating and plans to incorporate it into her future projects.
Nicole has been called a “singer-scholar” and holds a PhD in Music Psychology/Performance Studies from the University of Sheffield, UK. Along with performing and recording, she sits on several academic boards, works as the Diversity Advisor for the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (NL), and Research Coordinator and Masters Research Supervisor at the Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam (NL).