<em>Simona Smirnova: Bird Language</em>

Simona Smirnova: Bird Language

Simona Smirnova: Bird Language

Musical Performance
  • Sat 16 Jul 2022
  • 7:30—8:55PM
  • Len Lye Cinema
  • Rating: Exempt
  • In line with current New Zealand restrictions for cinemas, conditions of entry to all Cinema screenings under the Covid-19 Protection Framework are:
  • o Face coverings to be worn
  • General $25
  • Concession $15 for seniors, students, gallery friends and community service card holders (with valid ID)
  • Booking recommended
  • As there is no allocated seating doors open 15 minutes before the performance, please come early to avoid disappointment
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

Simona Smirnova is a Lithuanian born jazz vocalist, composer and folk zither - kanklės player based in New York City. By press described as "Eastern European-tinged jazz/exotica", she is a fixture in the New York live scene when she’s not touring the world, including Australia, New Zealand and Europe. She is returning to perform in New Zealand for the fourth time, and this will be her first time in New Plymouth. At Len Lye Centre Simona will be performing with local New Plymouth jazz talents; Tobias Edward Wright (drums); Robert Greenfield (Bass) and David Lilley (Piano)

Smirnova’s genre-bending style has a unique theatrical flavor and uncanny vocal improvisation techniques. She deftly implements folkloric chants and Lithuanian zither – kanklės into foundations of jazz and rock. Smirnova’s new album “Bird Language'' — channels groundbreaking artists like Björk and Joanna Newsom while exploring the ways that humans are connected to nature. "Bird Language" album and her current New Zealand tour is dedicated to the awareness of climate change.

"There is an aura of mystique to Smirnova's Bird Language, a stunning blend of Baltic folklore, jazz, pop, and rock, infused with nature- themed sounds. The album was brought to life through the ethereal sound of Lithuanian kanklės, Smirnova's virtuosic, sultry signature vocals, and mimicked bird shrieks, interpolated with jazz piano-driven solos, and sinuous, enticing arrangements." - "All About Jazz"

Simona's performances are lively, entertaining, theatrical and interactive. She is also a very active member of the musician community around the globe; she is an Alumna of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, a voting member of Grammy Recording Academy, a mentor at Grammy U program and a composer member of New York Composers Circle (NYCC).

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<em>Simona Smirnova: Bird Language</em>

Simona Smirnova: Bird Language

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