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Nishla Smith

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Nishla is a singer and artist driven by a desire to tell stories. She works across disciplines – in theatre and dance as well as in music. Her work has been recognised with a UK Theatre Award and an invitation to showcase her work in the London Jazz Festival 2022.

“Her voice is exquisite, a symbol of unreachable beauty” reported The Guardian

In 2021 Nishla released a debut album ‘Friends With Monsters’ on Whirlwind Recordings to critical acclaim; “While Smith’s singing is an entrancing beauty of its own, the true trump cards are her lyrics and melodies ” said  Downbeat USA.

Later in 2022, she was awarded a development award through the Peter Whittingham Jazz Awards, to support her newest recording project, ‘The Beast’ and it is thiswhich she is bringing to Louth

The Beast is an explosion of musical and narrative ideas, told through song and performed by a stunning combination of musicians, all of whom are exciting, boundary-pushing artists in their own rights. Born out of a songwriting hiatus, and imagined to mirror her complicated relationship with music-making, and threadbare mental health over the last eighteen months; The Beast is Nishla’s return to the art of the song.

The music draws from her roots in the textures and musical language of jazz, but incorporates ideas from soul, pop and sound design. A piano-driven rhythmical through-line creates the bedrock for virtuosic improvisation and lush, layered textures. Nishla and her collaborators are currently making an album of this new music, thanks to the generous support of Help Musicians.

Her collaborators in Louth will be:

Charlotte Keeffe, trumpeter and flugelhorn player who wears her love for free improvisation, jazz and experimental music on her sleeve. Whether performing regularly as a soloist, or leading a variety of different ensembles, she carefully carves out spaces for the free movement of ideas and individual expression. Her debut album ‘Right Here, Right Now’ “(2021) is where you’ll find her exhibiting a passion for vibrant soundscapes rendered in live spaces

Tom Harris is a Mancunian pianist, improviser, composer, and educator, most heavily influenced by Black American Music. In May 2021, Harris released a debut EP – Canyon, exhibits i-vi”. A fully improvised duo with drummer Kai Chareunsy, the recording sparked a series of responses from artists across different disciplines – visual work by Imogen Richards, a short suite of poetry by Marco Woolf, and music videos by visual artist Luca Shaw and improvising dancer Stephanie Burrell.

Neil C. Young

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Triple nominated Grammy entrant, UK based fusion guitarist NEIL C YOUNG has established himself as a composer, arranger and musician on both the British scene and international stage. He is a classically trained violinist who took up guitar and found his mojo playing jazz…

In a contemporary musical climate, which is often overcrowded with an eclectic range of guitar styles, Neil not only acknowledges these various influences, but also displays an in-depth knowledge of performance and composition, which were key to his studies at the renowned Birmingham Conservatoire where he played and studied orchestral music

Musically praised for his cool, melodic and harmonic sophistication while maintaining a feel good instrumental format, Neil has steadily established a reputation for his “soul and energy” (Just Jazz Guitar Magazine) with every arrangement that he creates, whilst “still keeping live performance as alive as possible”. Zeffirellis, Ambleside.(UK) described him as “…one of Britain’s best-kept jazz secrets.”

Neil has played and worked with many other artists across different genres through his career – Nathan Bray, Soweto Kinch, Ben Crosland, Gary Boyle, Steve Tromans, Pat McCarthy, Pat Sprakes, Wendy Kirkland, Barnaby Dickinson, The Earlies, Sara Lowes, Liam Frost, Denny Laine, King Creosote to name a few.

This all adds to the influences already within Neil’s playing …..and those influences continue to grow.

So expect a mix of styles and tunes from artists including Sting to Duke Ellington, Cole Porter to Gershwin, Jobim to Henry Mancini, Bob Berg to Charles Mingus…. to mention just a few.

Joining Neil on this outing will be the accomplished and popular jazz trio P.R.S.