Singer and actress Nina Ernst has used the quiet phase to write new songs with her own lyrics. Melancholic, but also humorous, she gives the listener insights into her soul. The album “Dunkles Licht” (dark light) is like a painting of this time epoch, which is wrapped in a calm, mysterious sound with the arrangements of pianist Tino Derado and other top-class jazz musicians:

Nina Ernst (vocals), Tino Derado (piano), Max Hacker (flutes, clarinet, saxophone), Raphael J. Zweifel (cello), Andreas Weiser (percussion)

The German-language chansons contain various elements of jazz, oriental sounds, as well as lyrical songs. The love for Brazilian music and culture influenced Nina Ernst in writing her songs. The numerous trips to her favorite country had a great impact on her. Thus, two Brazilian songs by composers Nelson Ayres and André Mehmari / Thiago Torres da Silva can also be heard.

The album was recorded in 2022 at Jazzanova Recording Studio in Berlin, produced by Nina Ernst. It has not been released yet. The project was supported by Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Neustart Kultur and GEMA.

“Nina Ernst has an ethereal, spiritual voice and her compositions bring a lot of originality. Brazilian Bossa is a strong influence, which coupled with beautiful layers of reverbs and delays introduces music with a very original aesthetic.” - Ed Motta

“I loved the recording, beautiful. It made me very happy.” - Nelson Ayres

“I like the whole concept and this production has a high quality for me. I’m happy to be part of it!” - André Mehmari