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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.