Arms Bent Thrice is a colaboration between Tomomi Nishitani, Deric Dickens, Aaron Quinn and Eli Wallace. 

The groups main focus is music composed of graphic scores with open sections for solo and group improvisation.  We invited Tomomi to collaborate with the group because of her unique weaving and knitting style.  Her sketches, art pieces and designed clothing would be the genesis of our graphic compositions.   

Deric explains, “ I had known Tomomi for a few years and was really impressed with her sweater and knitting designs.  I had always wished her designs could be used as a piece of art because of how beautiful and creative they were.”

This collaboration has resulted in a performance / exhibit and a studio recording out in 2018 with more gallery exhibits and performances to follow in the new year. 


Tomomi Nishitani, born in Toyama, Japan, was influenced by her grandma; who knit sweaters and made clothes for her as a child.  Her mothers love for shopping and fine clothes opened her mind to retail associations, earning her positions at Marc Jacobs and Mont Blanc.  

Tomomi moved to Boston to study English and Merchandising.  Shortly after, she moved to NY to continue her studies in merchandising / marketing at Parsons the New School for Design.  While there, she switched her major and graduated with a degree in design, applying techniques she had learned from watching her grandmother sew and knit.  After graduation, Tomomi consulted with various fashion brands including Charlotte Ronson and Tibi, while honing her skills in machine and hand knitting. 


Eli Wallace is a pianist, improviser, composer, and curator who calls Brooklyn, NY his home. A recent transplant from Oakland, CA, he has quickly become involved in the New York improvised and creative music scene, leading his new project Slideshow Junky, playing in the collective trio Cataclysmic Commentary, performing solo, and collaborating with many others. In California he led his fiery free jazz trio Cabbages, Captain, & King. Their eponymous album was released on Edgetone Records in 2015 and the group was featured in the 14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit.  As a versatile and dexterous performer he has toured Europe and the Americas. He is involved in numerous projects in diverse genres: free improvisation, straight-ahead jazz, indie rock, classical music. However, his primary focus is on improvisation and exploration of all the sounds the piano has to offer, and collaborating with other musicians with a similar predilection.  He’s composed pieces for solo piano, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, vocal jazz ensembles, jazz big band, full studio orchestra, and received commissions from Contra Costa College, Lawrence University, and dancer Randee Paufve. His musical education was granted by Lawrence University, Appleton WI, and New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, where he completed a Bachelor’s of Music, and a Master’s of Music, respectively. 


Aaron Quinn (b. 1986 Stamford, CT)
is an active guitarist in the Midwest region who has recently moved to Brooklyn, New York. While attending high school at the acclaimed School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, and the Conservatory of Capital University in Columbus, he honed his musical ability with persistent study of iconic figures ranging from Oliver Messiaen to Trent Reznor. While attending Capital University, he studied under Stan Smith (among others), and has been growing as a musician, as well as a person ever since. Part of groups such as Realicide, Fields and Planes, Liver Quiver, and Oliver Oak, Aaron’s recent studies have been centered on the chamber music of Toru Takemitsu, Spectralism, Bud Powell, and Balinese ceremonial funeral music of the gamelan ensembles.


Deric Dickens  is a Brooklyn-based percussionist and composer. After growing up in Southern Georgia, Deric worked as a band director, taught drum and bugle corps, and played as a principal timpanist with local orchestras and symphonies. But it was the ride cymbal; a friend had asked him to play at a session, which changed everything. Since, Dickens has toured and recorded with Robinella (Columbia Records) and JaLaLa (Janis Siegel Manhattan Transfer). Deric has performed numerous times and recorded with Donald Brown, Jerry Coker, Joe Fiedler, Daniel Carter, Michael Bates, Kirk Knuffke, and Jeff Lederer at various clubs and festivals including Birdland, 55 Bar, Bonnaroo, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Atlas Performing Arts, Blue Note, Beijing, Knoxville Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, GDS Jazz Festival, The Muroran Jazz Festival Japan, AMR Switzerland, Cafe Oto, London, Cully Jazz Festival Cully Switzerland. He currently leads his groups Speed Date, Rocket #9, The Dickens Campaign, and Left Bomb Bay and co leads Dix Out (avant trad. band), Team Players, Arabic for Beginners, and Zero Point with Marius Duboule- Guitar, Daniel Carter - Winds, Michael Bates - Bass.