Lisa Marie Simmons- The Note Speak Project, with Special Guest Miles Simmons
- Saturday, September 16th
- mindSpark Learning, Canyon Theater
- 7:30 – 10:00 pm
From her homebase on the coast of Italy’s beautiful Lake Garda, Lisa Simmons collaboratively leads two different ensembles – Hippie Tendencies and NoteSpeak – with keyboardist, arranger, and songwriter Marco Cremaschini, each deeply but differently informed by the struggles and triumphs in Simmons’ own life.
Along with their diverse original music, Simmons and Cremaschini are also known for their fresh and contemporary interpretations of The Great American Songbook, as well as unique renditions of current popular music. Simmons vocal style has been described as modern yet not overproduced expressing a mellifluous rhythmic sophistication.
A unique collaboration that intertwines poetical and musical forms to raise awareness of real-life triumphs and struggles around the world, Notespeak explores creative paths established by such ar4sts as The Last Poets, Gil Scott-Heron, and Brian Jackson, but venture down contemporary avenues to address current topics of which many remain unaware. Musically and vocally, NoteSpeak constantly changes, shifting from style to style – acoustic jazz solos into hip-hop beats into harmonized gospel vocals into electronic jazz and fusion into free verse rhyming – and yet seems to consistently groove. Simmons’ delivery swims in the deep waters connecting Nina Simone to Jill ScoQ, completely obliterating the line between vocalist and poetess: Warning like a mother lioness, whippersnapping through urban haunts, and curiously wondering about it all.