Jasmine Myra

Jasmine Myra

"It sounds amazing. A beautiful recording." - Gilles Peterson

"Myra produces dense compositions that unfurl effortlessly." The Guardian

Elevating, uplifting and beautifully arranged. Jasmine Myra‘s sophomore album Rising builds on the success of her breakthrough album Horizons to deliver a major statement from one of UK Jazz’s rising stars. Produced by Matthew Halsall and mixed by Greg Freeman (Hania Rani, Matthew Halsall, Portico Quartet), Rising delivers a confident and vibrant follow up that joins the musical dots between Myra’s influences Kenny Wheeler, Bonobo and Shabaka Hutchings while delivering something unique, beautiful and profound.

Rising is also the sound of a composer and performer growing in stature and adding extra layers of confidence and poise to both her playing and composing. Aided and abetted by Matthew Halsall who once again lends his production skills, Rising is fuller, richer and deeper as Myra develops her uniquely uplifting sound.

The albums’ title track Rising perfectly encapsulates the theme of the album, which is rediscovering and gaining confidence. It has a very light and uplifting sound, which reflects the feeling of calmness that comes with having assurance and self-possession. Still Waters takes its title track from the saying ‘still waters run deep’ and illustrates Myra’s belief that there is strength in being quietly confident, which also requires humility. Knowingness is about choosing not to worry about the future and having faith that everything will work out eventually. The track starts off quite breezy and light, and then becomes more fiery towards the end. Symbolising how, if you can envision everything you want in the future as guaranteed to happen, instead of worrying about if it will transpire, you can instead be excited for it and enjoy the journey. The hypnotic Glimmers takes its energy from Myra’s love of hip-hop and electronica and is perhaps the most contemporary sounding composition. The wistful From Embers is a beguiling composition, referencing that hope survives even when things feel dark and lost. Finally, How Tall the Mountains takes its title from a Chinese proverb beloved of Myra, which is ’No matter how tall the mountain is, it cannot block the sun’. Meaning no matter how big the obstacles you may have to face in life, trust that you will always be able to overcome them. A beautiful metaphor and a fitting way to end an album that takes its energy from a young artist finding her way and rising in confidence and belief to deliver a powerful, beautiful second album. Rising indeed!

 

TOUR DATES

1 May 2024 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds – UK – TICKETS
2 May 2024 – Hare & Hounds – Birmingham – UK – TICKETS
3 May 2024 – Turner Sims – Southampton – UK – TICKETS
5 May 2024 – Strange Brew – Bristol – UK – TICKETS
6 May 2024 – Komedia – Brighton – UK – TICKETS
8 May 2024 – Norwich Arts Centre – Norwich – UK – TICKETS
9 May 2024 – Cecil Sharp House – London – UK – TICKETS
10 May 2024 – The Tin Music and Arts – Coventry – UK – TICKETS
11 May 2024 – Future Yard – Birkenhead – UK – TICKETS
12 May 2024 – Yes – Manchester – UK – TICKETS
14 May 2024 – Broadcast – Glasgow – UK – TICKETS
25 May 2024 – Roeselare Jazz Festival – Roeselare – BE –TICKETS
29 May 2024 – Peggy’s Skylight – Nottingham – UK TICKETS
21 October 2024 – Gretchen – Berlin – DE
22 October 2024 – PAARD – The Hague – NL – TICKETS
23 October 2024 – Nochtspeicher – Hamburg – DE
24 October 2024 – Jassmine – Warsaw – PO
25 October 2024 – Moods – Zürich – CH

"This music is beautiful and profound. If this is just the start it will be exciting to hear what she does next" London Jazz News

"Myra's sharp compositions and arrangements achieve their emotional intent. Knowing optimism is needed now, she offers music as cool as water." Jazzwise

AGENT: Agnese Daverio

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