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"The sound of Nyala is defined by the beautiful, supple voice of the pianist and the elegant way the instruments are played."

Hans Invernizzi, Jazzflits

read the whole review here (Dutch)

'Nyala proudly presents versatile debut album, 'A Way of Life''

"... a beautiful, rich album that doesn't concern itself with fleeting trends and exudes a certain timeless quality. Subtle shifts in style and compositional ingenuity ensure that you haven't heard everything there is to hear after the first time you listen to it.”

Edwin Hofman, Written in Music

read the whole review here (Dutch)

OUR debut album 'a way of life' is out now!

NYALA - A Way of Life

Nyala is on a continuous search for the balance between light and darkness. They drift towards happiness, while at the same time they dive into the depths with their songs about an insecure future, slightly chaotic lives and musings.
Nyala’s debut album consists of impressionistic music that paints cinematic images of introspection, gravity and melancholy in a seemingly beautiful world. Their music is just like their personal dynamic. Airy, cheerful and fun. Playful and interactive with space for meaningful conversations.

A diverse record, with a joint vision overarching all the different atmospheres of the album. Sometimes with doubtful thoughts about life, which they translate to their music and wherein they challenge each other. Reflecting on their life experiences so far and looking forward to what’s ahead, they share their music with you.

Pau Li Liem (vocals, piano), Stef Joosten (electric bass), Jorrit Romme (drums)

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Ny-a-la (he/him, she/her, he/him)
1 Indonesian word for flame
2 band from Tilburg (with their own vocabulary)


Much like a flame, Nyala’s music is an ever changing and moving concept. It can flicker and smoulder, with lots of tension, low in dynamic, but it has the possibility of growing into fiery improvisations. A melody, a rhythm, a pattern, a lyric, an atmosphere. All of these aspects and more are used in their music, solo or combined. Steady and repetitive or completely free and improvised, like a flame, dancing high and low or staying put for a little while. Casting shadows that show the reality in a different light.

Influenced by this unpredictable quality of flames, they strive to find new sounds and explore new ways of interpreting their own compositions. The starting point can be a fixed composition, pattern or lyric, but whenever they start to play, it develops into a new impression of the piece.

Stef’s improvisations and melodic lines, Jorrit’s groove and Pau Li’s lyrical singing and playing create a unique sound.
They are not bound to any genre or style and despite their different musical backgrounds, they find each other in Nyala, going into the music with an open mind and letting the creativity guide them.

Nyala performed in 2022 in Italy as part of Mittelfest in Cividale del Friuli, and they also played at the Carinthischer Sommerfest in Austria as winners of CS under 30. Nyala also performed in the Netherlands, among other places at the Roode Bioscoop in Amsterdam, the Willem Twee Toonzaal in Den Bosch, Oranjewoud Festival, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and at November Music.

Since then, Nyala has recorded their debut album at the recording studio Fattoria Musica - Osnabrück in March 2023, A Way of Life is OUT NOW!!!



  • Sunday October 6th 2024, time tba

Theo Driessen Instituut, Helmond


  • Wednesday June 5th 2024 - radio performance

Radio Capelle aan den Ijssel

  • Monday May 27th 2024 - 22.15h

Club PARA, Paradox Tilburg

  • Sunday May 26th 2024 - 16.00h

Podium Jazzwerkplaats, Den Bosch

  • Saturday May 25th 2024 - 17.00h-18.00h

Talent Stage JazzBoz, Bergen op Zoom

  • Saturday May 18th, 2024 - 20.30h

Album Release NYALA - A Way of Life

De Nachtzuster, Tilburg

  • Friday May 17th, 2024 - private event

Gemeentehuis Den Bosch

  • Friday May 10th, 2024

Release debut album 'A Way of Life'

(digital album release on all streaming platforms)

  • Sunday May 28th, 2023 - 13.15h & 15.00h

Oranjewoud Festival - Festivalhart de Proeftuin

  • Thursday May 25th, 2023 - 20.30h

Nyala duo (Pau Li & Stef) - support act - Gebouw-T

  • Wednesday March 8th - Saturday March 11th 2023

Recording session - Fattoria Musica

  • Tuesday February 28, 2023 - Jamsession Opening

Paradox Tilburg

  • Thursday February 16, 2023 - 20.30h

Paviljoen Ongehoorde Muziek

  • Monday November 7, 2022 - 21.00h

November Music - Music Hub concert

  • Wednesday October 26, 2022 - private party

Dutch Design Week - Eindhoven

  • Friday October 21, 2022 - 22.00h

Muziekgebouw Eindhoven - aftershow Melody Gardot

  • Saturday August 27, 2022 - 11.00h-15.30h

Summer Vibes, Eindhoven Airport

  • Saturday August 13, 2022 - 21.00h

CS under 30, Carinthischer Sommerfest, Villach Austria

  • Sunday July 24, 2022 - 19.30

Mittelfest 2022, Cividale del Friuli, Italy

  • Friday July 22, 2022 - 11.00h-15.30h

Summer Vibes, Eindhoven Airport

  • Saturday June 11, 2022 - 12.30h & 14.00h

Open Day High Tech Campus, Eindhoven

  • Friday May 20, 2022 - 21.00h

Willem II Toonzaal, Den Bosch


  • Sunday May 2, 2022 - 20.00h

Roode Bioscoop, Amsterdam





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