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The Nest Collective presents
Tuesday 21 February
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In a nutshell
Portuguese-British singer-songwriter blends the essence of traditional Portuguese Fado folk music with modern British inspiration.
Diamonds & Demons is the debut album by the British-Portuguese musician Nessi Gomes, a composer and lyricist of rare invention and beauty. Winner of Best of British Unsigned Female 2016.
Born on the tiny Island of Guernsey, Gomes channels influences from both sides of her ethnicity, blending the essence of the traditional, emotional and ‘larger than life’ Fado folk music with British contemporary inspiration. Her debut album Diamonds & Demons (released October 2016) revealing a series of intricately detailed, hauntingly atmospheric and lushly textured avant-ballads. An authentic and heartfelt search for light, depth, hope and truth. It fulfils Nessi’s wish to deeply touch and shake the audience, to stir and shift something within them, to speak of the uncomfortable so that it may pass, and to expose and sing the human experience to its fullest expression.
Support: Cigdem & Pavlos
Cigdem Aslan and Pavlos Melas, together with Spiros Bolovinis on bouzouki, will perform Rebetiko songs in Greek and Turkish. Rebetiko is known as the Greek “underground” music , with early influences from Smyrna from the 1920s onwards. It is sometimes referred to as the “Mediterranean Blues” and was made illegal due to the controversial themes of it’s lyrics. Over a 30-year period it also absorbed influences from American swing, Latin and Indian music, creating a rich and varied repertoire of songs and dances.
What to Expect
Ensuing tales of darkness and light allow a deeper exploration of the human condition, psyche, collective fears and torments. The creation of the album took place over the last 18 months, while traveling through London on the Regents canal inside a portable studio on a little rusty blue boat called ‘The Wild Goose’. Nessi and her producer Duncan Bridgeman (Grammy nominee, ‘1 Giant Leap’) together dug an uncharted tunnel into the artist’s turbulent heart and soul. Navigating through layers of her inner geography and a yearning sense of separation they examined her very depths. Deep childhood traumas, attempted suicides, indeed, every level of resistance she felt to every ray of light. Every moment of darkness to every dream. Inner diamonds and demons were deconstructed under a magnifying glass and her blood, sweat, and tears finally transmuted into music.
For 10 years the Nest Collective has been London's way to experiencing folk, world & new music, creating a community that seeks unique sonorous experiences in unusual spaces.
The Nest Collective prides itself on discovering not only the latest music to emerge onto the scene but as London’s place to go for new music in unusual venues, we have pioneered the re-connection of the wider folk phenomenon with a young and old community taking our events into locations no other promoter would dare go.
What people are saying
'Stunning debut from a composer and lyricist of rare invention and beauty' Folk Radio UK
'Hauntingly atmospheric and lushly textured nods to Bjork & Kate Bush' Paul Lester – The Guardian
'A slick contemporary singer-songwriter record with a subtle Fado aesthetic and Sam Lee on the title track' fRoots
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Things you should know
Suitable for ages 16+
This event is wheelchair accessible.