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New sounds from New orleans


Named after the infamous South Louisiana swamp rat, NUTRIA is an instrumental trio that performs original compositions with an emphasis on collective improvisation. Their music explores jazz, chamber music, traditional music of the African diaspora and Eastern Europe, as well as the avant-garde, while staying true to New Orleans jazz and groove traditions.  


Nutria is:

Shawn Myers, drums
Trey Boudreaux, bass
Byron Asher, clarinets and saxophones



Upcoming Shows

We're psyched to announce our August tour dates, including stops at the Kennedy Center and Twin's Jazz Club in DC, the Middle East in Cambridge, and the Barn Arts Collective on the coast of Maine!


Venues Played (selected)

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; Old US Mint, Louisiana Jazz Museum, New Orleans, LA; Marigny Opera House, New Orleans, LA; Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines, IA; Elastic Arts, Anagram Series, Chicago, IL; Chatterbox Jazz Club, Indianapolis, IN; Jazz Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; Feed and Seed, Lafayette, LA; The Spot, Lafayette, IN

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Summer 2017

We're thrilled to announce our upcoming August tour! See above for details, it is a jam-packed action adventure trip to the Northeast, our first time there (though one of us is from there). Look out Durham, DC, Baltimore, Philly, Boston, Maine and Vermont! Especially come see us at the Kennedy Center on August 6th. Woo! Oh, and call your Senators! Don't let the regime take away our health care!!

Jazz fest 2017

Happy Jazz Fest, y'all! We are hard at work and have some exciting news to share, but in due time. Stay tuned for new tour dates -- we'll be coming to the Northeast in August! We're also working on the new record, tentative release date for Spring 2018. Look out for it all! In the meantime, happy listening out there, jazz fans!

Mardi Gras 2017

Happy Mardi Gras everyone! The season is certainly upon us, and we and our fellow New Orleanians are taking advantage of this annual catharsis to fortify ourselves for the long year to come. We must keep fighting against hate and injustice through 2017. And let's take this pause in the calendar to celebrate life and community. That said, we're coming off a really successful "Art of Jazz" premiere. Thanks to everyone who came out and shared that experience with us. And this week we are announcing our upcoming March tour dates! Check out the Tour section to see where we'll be -- Look out Des Moines, Minneapolis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Madison, we're coming atchya!

January 2017

Happy New Year! 2017 is already crazy. Just a quick update from us: we're deep in rehearsals for our "Art Of Jazz" premiere, February 9, 10, and 12 at 8pm at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans. More details and promo to come. And we're planning another tour to the Midwest for mid-March. Confirmed stops include Minneapolis, Chicago and Indianapolis. Stay tuned and stay strong!

October 2016

We are thrilled to announce that we have been commissioned by the Marigny Opera Ballet company at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans to write a piece for the premiere of their "Art Of Jazz" performance in February. Brazilian powerhouse dancer and choreographer Diogo De Lima will be choreographing our composition, and we will be performing it live with the dancers at the performances in February. We're in good company as well -- the two other composers involved with the project are local legends Helen Gillet and Lawrence Sieberth. Stay tuned for more info!

summer 2016

Welcome to the new website for Nutria! We're back from our first significant tour out of New Orleans, up the Mississippi River, performing in jazz clubs, rock clubs and art spaces throughout the South and Midwest. It was a great trip, and we're looking forward to more in 2016-2017. Stay tuned for a special announcement in the coming weeks... Big things in the works for Nutria!!



"There's a clear strategic intelligence and inventiveness at work with this jazz trio... a range of musical influences showing a substantial depth of artistic resourcefulness..." - KEVIN LYNCH, No Depression magazine (Full review HERE)

"Art of Jazz" reviewed in the Gambit weekly here!

Check out this great NOLA.COM preview of "Art of Jazz" at the Marigny Opera House!

"These three musicians have been heard in various settings, performing in a range of styles on the New Orleans music scene... Together as Nutria, they have the opportunity to enjoy complete freedom of expression." GERALDINE WYCKOFF, Offbeat Magazine (Full review HERE)