Nick Ciavatta is originally from the band "Sea of Otters" which played around the NYC area from 1990-2004. The name of the band is actually a mnemonic device to remember how to pronounce his last name "CI-A-VATTA." It had nothing at all to do with the lovable sea creature, but it has become a trademark of sorts. Nick has continued to play around the area as a solo act at venues like Kenny's Castaways, Parkside Lounge and The Living Room ever since.
Nick's music is not easily categorized. It's been called everything from "Acoustifunk" to "Sarcasorock." One reviewer said that "Nick's writing style is clever and mostly in parentheses."
Nick's biggest "hit" is probably "My Lawn is My Life", a funky comment on people who care more about their property than their fellow man.
"Life Wtihout Pills" is a scathing commentary on the concept of addiction and how the pharmaceutical and health care industries sometimes do more harm than good. Also notable is "Disclaimer" which states "You have to align your heart and your mind; most of the crimes are heart versus mind."
Nick continues to play as often as possible and would ultimately like to be recognized as an important and influential songwriter.
Plans for the near future include forming a full band-probably acoustic, but possibly electric.
Nick also has a web site, Friggin Fabulous Radio, where he interviews other bands and artists:
Nick Ciavatta - acoustic guitar and vocals
Sea of Otters - 1993
Sea of Otters - Friggin Fabulous - 2003
Songs @ www.myspace.com/nickciavatta
I play mostly originals and I'm quite flexible with my set list-I can play form a half-hour up to 2 hours if necessary. If I throw in a cover, it's usually something relatively obscure like "Time" by Tom Waits, or "Winter" by The Rolling Stones.
A typical set list may include many of my songs: Reduced Calorie Anarchy, Anti-Social Butterflies, Life Without Pills, Disclaimer, Dressing Room, Turning Under a New Leaf, etc. All copyright Nick Ciavatta.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.