“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians, as far as I’m concerned, it is their choice. But I chose to reflect the times and the situations in which I find myself. That, to me, is my duty… How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?” -Nina Simone
Nina Simone’s heritage stands as one the richest contributions to the history of black music. Her music transcends category and time. From her birthplace in North Carolina to her final home in the south of France, Dr. Nina refused to waiver from the truth and shook our souls with her music. Her influence on contemporary artists—not only singers, but also musicians, writers, video film makers, and many others—is pivotal and documented. Her technique as a pianist, her songwriting, her powerful vocal delivery, her use of words and diction, and her ability to convey feelings and emotions are among the many performance traits that have brought her universal adoration. Her role in the cultural and commitment to political history of the time has been broadly explored and yet her genius cannot be categorized. Two biographical films, one very controversial, are scheduled for release in 2015. This collaborative concert is a reverent celebration of her artistry, her genius, her commitment to the reflection of the times and strength of art to create change.
Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone features Valerie Stephens, Producer & Vocals; Sympli Whitney, Wannetta Jackson & Yma Arrington: Vocals; Rollins Ross, Music Director & Keys; Daniel Day, Bass; David Fuller, Drums; David Eure, Violin.
Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone takes place at the Amazing Things Art Center on Saturday, June 25. Showtime is 7 PM. Tickets $25 for Non-Members, $22 for Members