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with a skewed, haunted quality." Opera North

maudlin moments shoulder ecstatic reveries." London Jazz News


jazz singer/writer

"Nishla's original ballads sound like standards...

"Classic songwriting worthy of the Great American Songbook,suffused

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Nishla Smith

"The silenced room said it all."

Nishla is a singer and writer driven by a desire to tell stories. Her unique musical sensibility, along with this preoccupation with narrative is recurrent throughout a diverse array of musical projects. She's recently made work for Opera North, Lancaster Jazz Festival and Manchester Collective.

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Nishla is a City Music Foundation artist, and is currently part of Jazz North's Northern Line artist roster. She is one third of cross disciplinary arts collective Ulita, and leads an original jazz band, the Nishla Smith Quintet, who will release a debut album this Autumn on Whirlwind Recordings. She is currently making new music for the Manchester Jazz Festival originals commission, as half of Night Porter with saxophonist Emma Johnson, and working on a solo commission for East Neuk Festival: ‘Aether’, a five movement song cycle exploring environmental crises in partnership with St Andrews University department of Earth Sciences.