Using original material composed on the double bass, British double-bassist, songwriter and vocalist Nina Harries’s music and technique has both an ethereal and an earthy modernist sound.
Exploring the aural relationship between the double bass and the female voice, Nina uses modern life, ancient prose and heavy realism to inspire her lyrics which are often profound, enthralling and at times mesmeric in their repetitive quality. She released her eponymous album in September 2019.
Nina grew up in a family where music was the chosen language, watching her father perform with the likes of Bryan Eno, Steele Eye Span or Katie Melua. She studied western classical music at the Royal College of Music where she discovered her real passion lay in contemporary classical music. Nina also began to work as a soloist and band bassist for several acts from the London band scene, namely The Burning Glass, John Fairhurst Trio, Barbarella’s Bang Bang, Symphonica Feat DJ Switch and the London Electronic Orchestra.
Since 2017, Nina has been performing vocals and double-bass in world-famous dancer Akram Khan’s swan-song solo ‘XENOS’. She has also performed with Anoushka Shankar, comedian Bill Bailey, folk singer John Smith and more.
I think it is fair to say that you cannot and should not underestimate this lady, you cannot take her for granted. This album will move you through a rainbow of sounds and is deeply captivating. She is certainly one to pay attention to.New Boots