Front Room Songs artist, songwriter and double-bassist Nina Harries, has been awarded funding by PRS Women Make Music to record and produce her debut album.
Nina’s ground-breaking music unapologetically sets to task dismantling pre-conceived wisdoms about the double bass both as a masculine instrument and a basic harmonic tool. Words like virtuosic and innovative are too easily bandied about, but in Nina’s case, her extensive technical and musical ability on the instrument, combined with a powerful emotional connection with an instrument that rarely takes the spotlight, marks her out as an artist to watch.
Using her original compositions and drawing on the influences of Bjork, Mogwai, Gyorgy Ligeti, Andrew Bird, Joanna Newsom, Nina will create a groundbreaking work that emphasises the double bass alongside other instruments and electronics to enrich and develop the texture of the music itself.
She will work with producer Peter Miles, (Lionhead, We Are The Ocean, Dry The River), using the unlimited potential of the studio to fully explore the recording potential of her material and the double bass itself.
Funding will allow her to develop the music in a studio setting, where she will have the chance to work with an experienced producer and professional musicians, pushing Nina and her music beyond the one-woman performer style that the current live show consists of.
The world of the double bass and classical music inherits an ancient stigma against women. This album will challenge that bias, pushing the boundaries of the instrument and allowing Nina to claim her rightful place in the world of the double bass and as a contemporary artist.
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