Australian-born, New York-based Nerissa Campbell holds a Certificate & Associate Degree of Performing Arts (jazz performance & composition) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She has released three albums of original music under her own label, Crooked Mouth Music (Paint Me Orange – 2003, Musings of a Telescopic Tree – 2009 & Blue Shadows – 2012). As well as her own music, she plays in NY’s Balinese Gamelan, Dharma Swara and collaborates with Brooklyn-based post metal band, A Storm Of Light. She has performed in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge, MOMA, 92nd st Y, as well as residencies at 55 Bar & Rockwood Music Hall. Internationally, she has performed at the Singapore Arts Festival, Festival Centro (Bogota, CO), Roadburn (Tilburg, NE), Stanford Jazz Festival (Stanford, USA), Perth Arts Fesitval (Perth, AUS), Asymmetry Festival (Wroclaw, POL) & MusicFestNW (Portland USA) among others. Nerissa’s music has been featured in film, (Freddys: A Documentary, screened at Brooklyn International Film Festival-2010), on TV (Metro Elvis, a public television show featuring NY musicians – 2009), in print (feature artist in Poland’s Audio Magazyn – 2010), and on stage (Tony Lepore & Eva Minemar’s production of Stranger Love-2011).
Nerissa recently released her fourth album, After The Magic, which explores a cross-cultural musical narrative commenting on identity, community & culture through the merging of jazz & Balinese gamelan. The musical journey explores her own relationship with Indonesia after a childhood spent in Bali, but also what community and culture means musically in the 21st century.
Legian 1983 – Live at (Le) Poisson Rouge
with Gamelan Dharma Swara
Fabian Almazan – piano
Josh Graham – guitar
Desmond White – bass
Paul Wiltgen – drums
Nerissa Campbell – vocals