nishla

Nishla is a jazz singer/composer, based in Manchester. She is currently working on a staged song-cycle, 'What Happened to Agnes'. Developed by Opera North Projects and Leeds Playhouse, 'Agnes' will tour the UK from Jan - March 2020, thanks to support from the Arts Council of England. Her other original project, the Nishla Smith Quintet have recently joined Jazz North's Northern Line artist roster, and will be releasing new music this year.

Over the course of the 2017/18 season, Nishla wrote, performed, and produced a major commission for Manchester Collective — ‘Cabaret’ received a national tour, was performed live on BBC3 In Tune, and featured at Home MCR’s PUSH festival. She rejoined the Collective last summer as part of the Cubitt Sessions, a set of live shows produced by Kings Place in London. 2019 also saw Nishla release a debut single, 'Blue Dream’. The track, and accompanying music video was supported by Manchester Jazz Festival's Hothouse, and described by Staccatofy as ‘stunning…a sheer delight.’

"nishla smith’s original ballads sound like standards… maudlin moments shoulder ecstatic reveries."

london jazz news

“classic songwriting worthy of the great american songbook, suffused with a skewed, haunted quality…” 

opera north

“the silenced room said it all...”

bebop spoken here

24.1.2020

WHAT HAPPENED TO AGNES: HOME MCR (part of PUSH festival) // manchester

25.1.2020

WHAT HAPPENED TO AGNES: HOME MCR (part of PUSH festival) // manchester

5.2.2020

WHAT HAPPENED TO AGNES: CLF art cafe // london

6.2.2020

WHAT HAPPENED TO AGNES: CLF art cafe // london

12.2.2020

WHAT HAPPENED TO AGNES: the stockroom // liverpool

19.2.2020

WHAT HAPPENED TO AGNES: theatre deli // sheffield

26.2.2020

WHAT HAPPENED TO AGNES: midlands arts centre // birmingham

6.3.2020

WHAT HAPPENED TO AGNES: interplay theatre // leeds

13.3.2020

the lark quintet // jazz at the deli lama // manchester

22.3.2020

jazz north presents: nishla smith quintet // sage gateshead jazz festival // newcastle

25.3.2020

nishla smith quintet // back yard jazz // manchester

26.3.2020

jazz north presents: nishla smith quintet //jazz at davenham // davenham

29.3.2020

jazz north presents: nishla smith quintet // town hall // middlesborough (afternoon show)

7.4.2020

jazz north presents: nishla smith quintet // scarborough jazz // scarborough

22.4.2020

the shrews // jazz at the deli lama // manchester

30.4.2020

jazz north presents: nishla smith quintet // ribble valley jazz festival (afternoon show)

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photo credits: chiara terraneo

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