Lisa Marie Simmons’ NoteSpeak 12
Lisa Marie Simmons and band NoteSpeak will perform from NoteSpeak 12, their new jazz hybrid album, with opener Pheralyn Dove.
This event is part of Painted Bride’s Jazz on Market event series.
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NoteSpeak 12 is a multi-leveled musical jazz hybrid. Building upon an underlying concept of unity and connection, the music for 12 explores the considerable distance between two disparate musical outposts – dodecaphonic (12-note scale) iconoclasts Schoenberg and Stockhausen to represent western culture, and AfroBeat to represent African culture – but also allows the musicians to play with freedom within these two pillars, and breathe their own creativity into the groove. Its lyrics, in substance and form (sonnets, free verse, rondeau prime and others) meditate upon the ubiquitous presence of the number 12 and its various worldly incarnations: In Islam, in Judeo-Christianity, in astrology, in physics, and its metaphysical representation of harmony, empathy, and unity.
Lisa Marie Simmons is a multi-disciplinary storyteller: She is a singer/songwriter (Ropeadope Records), essayist (Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Kweli Journal, Family Stories Project, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jazzfuel), and published poet currently based in Italy. She fronts the poetic/musical ensemble NoteSpeak, which debuted in America at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival in Boulder (CO) in September 2017. Her new album NoteSpeak 12, was released in February 2023 by Ropeadope garnering a 5-star review from Downbeat magazine.
NoteSpeak features Lisa Marie Simmons (Lead Vocal, Lyrics, Composer); Marco Cremaschini (Piano, Keyboards, Arrangements, Composer); Federico Negri (Drums); Marco Cocconi (Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass); Manuel Caliumi (Alto Saxophone, Soprano Sax).
Pheralyn Dove is an author, poet, and visual artist. She lives her life in a state of perpetual gratitude. She is passionate about Cultural Preservation, Global African Liberation and Emotional Healing. A graduate of Hampton University, Pheralyn is the author of “Color in Motion,” a book of poetry that features a foreword by the late legendary drummer Max Roach. Pheralyn’s quest has led her to perform at the Vision Festival in New York City, to Bahia, Brazil, to write about African cultural retentions, to Paris, France, to perform spoken word at Jazz a la Villette. Pheralyn, performed in Accra, Ghana during the 2019 Year of Return. Her artistic vision has been recognized with grant awards from The Leeway Foundation, and The Philadelphia Jazz Project.