Nicky Schrire is a versatile and inventive vocalist and composer whose work has earned her comparisons to artists like Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, and Esperanza Spalding. She has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, London, Dublin and South Africa, with musicians ranging from Arno Carstens, Sibongile Khumalo, and Card On Spokes, to Grammy-nominated pianists Gerald Clayton and Gil Goldstein.
Following undergraduate jazz studies at the University of Cape Town and a Masters Degree from New York’s Manhattan School of Music, Schrire released three critically acclaimed jazz albums-2012’s “Freedom Flight”, 2013’s “Space and Time”, and the 2014 EP “To The Spring”-which earned her comparisons to songwriters like Joan Baez, Becca Stevens, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. With this encouragement, and her jazz stylings borrowing more and more from the folk genre, she wrote the five songs on the EP “An Education”. The result is a personal collection of songs that is both intelligently woven while being emotionally rich. It features her friend and collaborator, cellist Ariella Caira, and was released on the London folk label Wild Sound Recordings in June 2015.
Further to this EP, her work with Ariella (founding member of Sterling EQ, Alice Phoebe Lou, Jeremy Loops) has seen the duo collaborate with contemporary composer Matthijs van Dijk, drummer Kevin Gibson, Hatchetman’s Jono Tait, and double-bill with Beatenberg frontman Matthew Field.
Schrire is based in Cape Town where she composes in multiple genres (including lending her voice to electronic outfit Card On Spokes’ 2013 EP “Lead Me To The Water”) and performs. “Mend Our Love” is her first collaboration with producer Vincente Espi, known for his work in duo ANIMA!
Ed King wrote in the Birmingham Review that “when Nicky Schrire has something to say, she is on superior form…after listening to [An Education] a few times, especially in context to her previous recordings, it no longer feels like such a chasm between one genre and the other – more the landing in a place [she] could always have stood.”