Nirek Mokar has quickly established himself as a festival favourite, following his outstanding performances in recent year. When listening to the music of him play, it’s hard to believe he is a youngster of only 16 years of age! Nicknamed the Boogie Woogie Kid, Nirek has been influenced by the original pioneers of the music, together with the watchful eyes and hands of boogie woogie stars such as Jean Pierre Bertrand and Jean-Baptiste Franc. He has an incredible ear and an intuition for tempo, fine-tuned by his constant desire to learn more and more and become better and better.
Nirek has “rubbed shoulders” with the likes of pianists such as Axel Zwingenberger, Frank Muschalle, Big John Carter and Ricky Nye. He has played in the Boogie Woogie Speakeasy in Paris – a venue unique to the music and featuring no less than 6 pianos! His passion and enthusiasm is infectious and his influences many and varied. Nirek used Youtube to improve his technique and it’s likely that others in turn will now be influenced by him!
Boogie Woogie is in the safe hands of Nirek Mokar! You can see Nirek perform this year at Comins Tea House, playing two sets on Saturday.