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Nishla Smith

12th June 2024, 5.30pm

The performance 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 song-writing hiatus, and imagined to mirror her complicated relationship with music-making, and threadbare mental health over the last eighteen months; this is Nishla’s return to the art of the song.

Ticket prices

£25 – £40

Line-up

NISHLA SMITH – vocals
CHARLOTTE KEEFE – trumpet, flugel
HELENA KAY – sax, flute
TOM HARRIS – piano
MISHA MULLOV-ABBADO – bass
SARAH HENEGHAN – drums

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.

In summer 2022, she joined Serious Music’s prestigious Take Five programme, which culminated in a performance at the Southbank Centre for London Jazz Festival. Later in the year, she was awarded a development award through the Peter Whittingham Jazz Awards, to support her upcoming album.

Her voice is exquisite, a symbol of unreachable beauty.

— The Guardian