Nerissa Campbell
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Nerissa Campbell

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Alternative Singer/Songwriter


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"Audio Magazyn"

Nerissa Campbell is more interesting than most indie jazz artists... Intriguing, unusual approach to music, [it's] not hard to imagine this music in a dim bar, but these compositions could also adjust to the sound track of one of Quentin Tarantino's films.
....Such a personal, intimate album.

M. Kubicki
- Audio Magazine, Poland

"Time Out London"

"Smoky voiced songs of good bourbon and bad love affairs" - Time Out London

"The Daily Iowan"

"[Nerissa] is in that Billie Holiday mold. Her voice is mysterious, elegant and moody"
- The Daily Iowan

"Kent Williams"

"Her songwriting recalls Tom Waits, but her voice is sweet & clear. She finds her own way around a melody, eschewing the cheaper flourishes of lesser singers" - Little Village Mag


"[Musings of a Telescopic Tree] is beautiful" - Rootstime

"Time Out Chicago"

"A touch of class" - Time Out Chicago


"Charming and melancholy" - Ekultura


Paint Me Orange (2003)
Musings of a Telescopic Tree (2009)

Radio played tracks - (from Musings..) - Bars, Stranger Lurking, Of Yesterdays, Ain't It Peculiar, Love Two, Pretty (from Paint Me Orange) - Once Again, Paint Me Orange, Cats, City Boy



Nerissa Campbell’s fourth studio album, After The Magic, is a dream-like cinemascape reminiscent of a literary roman-a-clef. It features Balinese gamelan, a jazz trio, pensive solo piano pieces, and fleeting guitars woven together with Campbell’s melancholy vocals.

After The Magic explores the expression of a mood and the recapturing of a moment. A considered sense of
simplicity bares itself; elements stripped back to find an essence - a thought, a feeling, a truth. Cycling and
repeating, ebbing and flowing, the songs inform and are informed by each other. The title track represents ‘gong’
in gamelan music, the main point of reference in a piece, the beginning of a cycle and also the end. The album is
a search for balance – of musical styles, of two cultures, of the past and the present.

After The Magic features Gamelan Dharma Swara, Josh Graham from A Storm of Light, Balinese composer and
musician Dewa Ketut Alit and Campbell’s longtime band Desmond White, Matthew Jodrell and Guilhem Flouzat.


Nerissa Campbell has developed a unique and deeply personal writing and performing voice. Her music - its roots in jazz, weaves its way through somber pop-ballads, melancholy folk songs, moody instrumentals and a lyricism full of thought and space. The blues is there too, playing hide and seek with space and sound, creating a depth of feeling beyond the obvious.

Nerissa Campbell was born in Australia and grew up in towns along the coast of Western Australia and on the island of Bali. Her family settled in the capital city of Perth where Nerissa attended the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, earning a degree in Jazz (Performance & Composition). She received an Australian Arts Council
New Music grant for the making of After The Magic.

Since living in New York, Nerissa & her band have performed in venues ranging from underground clubs to concert
halls and have been invited to music festivals in Australia, the US, Singapore, the Netherlands, and South America.
In addition to performing her own material, Nerissa has collaborated with the post-metal band A Storm of Light,

is a performing member of the Balinese gamelan group Dharma Swara, and has been a part of performative literary
readings, modern dance pieces, off-Broadway plays, and a 32-piece orchestra. She has released three albums under her own label, Crooked Mouth Music.