“Schrire becomes part of the fabric of her music. Her voice is a warm and supple instrument that serves as a dispensary of emotional power.” -Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
Nicky Schrire is a multitalented and inventive British-South African vocalist and composer based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has
seen her likened to vocalists Joni Mitchell, Norma Winstone, and Esperanza Spalding with The Boston Globe’s Jon Garelick noting
that “though her approach has earned her comparisons to Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, the similarities are superficial…she’s
got her own thing, and it’s very much worth listening to.”
A graduate of New York’s Manhattan School of Music, she studied with Peter Eldridge, Theo Bleckmann, Dave Liebman, and Kate
McGarry. Schrire has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, London, Dublin and South Africa, with musicians including Ben
Wendel, Nir Felder, Nikki Iles, Mark Lockheart, and Florian Hoefner. She released three critically acclaimed jazz albums-2012's
Freedom Flight, 2013's Space and Time, and the 2014 EP To The Spring-which earned her comparisons to songwriters like Joan
Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Her duo album “Space & Time” featured Grammy-nominated pianists Gerald Clayton, Gil Goldstein
and Fabian Almazan. The Ottawa Citizen’s Peter Hum described the recording as “fifty minutes of emotionally eventful, richly crafted
Schrire's 2015 singer-songwriter EP “An Education” was released on the London folk label Wild Sound Recordings and led the
Birmingham Review's Ed King to write that when Nicky Schrire has something to say, she is on superior form...after listening to [An
Education] a few times, especially in context to her previous recordings, it no longer feels like such a chasm between one genre and
the other – more the landing in a place [she] could always have stood.
Returning to her jazz roots, Schrire took to the stage with her quintet at the 2018 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. She also
performed her contemporary classical suite Escape: The Ingrid Jonker Suite, which sees Jonker’s poems set to music arranged for
string quartet and voice, at the 2018 Suidoosterfees, the 2018 Franschhoek Literary Festival, and to a sold-out audience at the
Norval Foundation in 2019.
Schrire was delighted to be awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant that will support her next album, to be recorded in early
2021. She will collaborate with her Canadian peers for the first time and the project will be produced by her friend (and Grammy-
nominated producer/arranger/composer!), Oded Lev-Ari.
Often praised for her choice of repertoire, Hardbop Jazz Journal described her as “clever and understated” while All About Jazz UK
wrote that “in the crowded world of jazz vocals it helps to have a distinctive voice or a distinctive repertoire. Schrire scores on both