NIck Alvarez and Isaac Pierce met at an art show in 1997. Ten-speed begain in June of 2006. Pedal-bass came into use in October of the same year.
Nick Alvarez earned a B.A. in jazz studies from Columbia College Chicago (2002) and currently works full-time for the college while continuing to perform full-time. In addition to ten-speed, Nick performs in The Storytellers Trio, does sub-work and loves random improvisation in and around odd spots all over the city etc.
We live and peform in Chicago.
Nick: papa jo jones, steve lacy, derek bailey, john frusciante, edward albee, igor stravinsky, active ingredients, ahmad jamal, george legiti, george mangles, jim o'rourke, u.s. maple, chicago underground quartet, thelonious monk, stereolab, duke ellington, chad taylor, doug mccombs, brokeback, max roach, glenn branca, bela bartok, tom waits, town and country, this heat, jeff buckley, iceburn, david grubbs, gastr del sol, eric dolphy, sergei rachmaninoff, ornette coleman, joanna newsome, jimmy giuffre, edith piaf, django reinhardt, lennie tristano, william russo, anthony braxton, bjork, pearl jam, fiona apple, craig wedren, jeff parker, marc ribot, anne harris (painter), jeff sanderson (painter), john cage, merce cunningham, those involved with improvisation, reinvention, modern dance and ....
Guild JF-30 Guitar through a Fatboy F-3, Modified Lowry Bass Pedals, The Modern Drum Shop Stack Set (small bebop sizes), 6.5x14 solid mahogany shell K brand custom snare, Old K Istanbul Zildjian 12" hihats, 20" Bosphorous Master Series 1600 gram ride 1 rivet, 20" Spizzichino asian alloy 1852 gram ride 1 rivet, 22" Spizzichino turkish alloy 2332 gram ride 1 rivet, thin lightweight hardware