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Harp arpeggios like strings of pearls, shadowy synthesizer foundations that merely suggest heavy hip-hop beats, field recordings of tropical birds in the forest – in such passages, Nala Sinephro’s music
Harp arpeggios like strings of pearls, shadowy synthesizer foundations that merely suggest heavy hip-hop beats, field recordings of tropical birds in the forest – in such passages, Nala Sinephro’s music meets our expectations of ambient jazz. But then at a certain point comes the eruption, and all the energy that has built up releases. To call Nala Sinephro’s debut »Space 1.8« multi-facetted would be an understatement.
It happened in a rehearsal room crammed with instruments in a Belgian college of music. Between the fiddles and the bagpipes, a concert harp – with its alluring Baroque look – catches Nala Sinephro’s eye: on the one hand that golden aura of »accomplished young ladies«, and on the other a unique sound machine. The instrument speaks Nala’s language: soft-spoken yet immensely powerful. She practices on it in secret, and integrates the old harp into her new concepts of music.
In the long run, however, Sinephro feels stifled by the academic straight-jacket of the jazz schools. For her, the most formative educational experience turns out to be live mixing as a sound technician at shows and concerts, and ultimately also the vibrant, youthful jazz scene of south London. There she finds the unfettered creative forces she needs to realise the music in her head: free music ranging from the danceable and hypnotic to the virtuosically unrestrained. Her debut »Space 1.8« pours this diversity into a suite of musical experience.
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