Based in London, Nala Sinephro is a Caribbean-Belgian composer and multi-instrumentalist whose expansive, meditative music fuses ambient and spiritual jazz. Performing modular synths and pedal harp, she recorded, mixed, and produced her 2021 debut Space 1.8, which featured contributions from several notable London jazz musicians, including saxophonists Nubya Garcia and James Mollison.
Sinephro grew up between Belgium and Martinique, and learned to play folk songs on violin by ear. She first began playing pedal harp when she was studying jazz at the age of 16. She later started performing with London jazz collective Steam Down, and worked with artists such as neo-soul singer Demae and London Contemporary Orchestra artistic director Robert Ames. Sinephro began hosting a monthly show on NTS Radio in 2020. Her debut album, Space 1.8, recorded in 2018 and 2019 at her house and the Pink Bird recording studio, was issued by Warp in 2021. The album’s contributors included saxophonists Nubya Garcia and James Mollison, drummer Jake Long, and bassists Twm Dylan (Maisha) and Wonky Logic (Onipa), among many others. ~ Paul Simpson