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Eclectic Modern Jazz Band Nori Will Be Performing Nina Simone Tribute Show At The 04 Center in Austin On July 13

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Nori is an eclectic modern jazz band featuring Akina Adderley on vocals, Erik Telford on trumpet, Nick Litterski on keys, Aaron Allen on upright bass, and Andy Beaudoin on drums. Festival Peak describes Nori as “a five-person gift from Austin, TX.”

Enriching an aesthetic deeply rooted in American jazz and folk music, the ensemble playfully weaves together a myriad of global influences giving rise to a seamless synthesis of sound. These musical explorations expertly balance the narrative of the song with wide-open improvisations, echoing the transcendent tones of Nina Simone, Bill Frisell, John Coltrane, and Joni Mitchell.

The band’s debut album World Anew received much critical acclaim after its release in 2016. Their 2018 follow-up Bruise Blood highlighted visceral themes of social divisions in 21st century America. Nori released a self-titled album exclusively on vinyl in 2021 that documented the band’s diverse catalogue and featured a sweeping cover of Nina Simone’s “Four Women.”

Nina Simone has been a guiding inspiration for Nori since the conception of the band. In fact, the members of Nori often refer to Nina Simone as their patron saint of music. Simone was a genre-bending musician, she was a master storyteller, and she was a fierce activist. Nori strives to excel at all three of these facets.

Nori will be curating and performing a Nina Simone tribute show at The 04 Center on Saturday, July 13. More information. The concert will feature both original compositions and selected arrangements from Simone’s celebrated catalogue. Furthermore, Nori will be accompanied by a 9-piece string orchestra! This project has been financed in whole or in part by the City of Austin’s Live Music Fund Event Program.

Praise for Nori

“Nori’s debut full length dissolves divisions and builds bridges between world sounds with seemingly irreconcilable differences. It’s a sonic vision of a harmonious future.” – KUTX

“’I See You’ may be one song, but Nori pours an entire album’s worth of energy into its engineering, imbuing the notes, the lyrics, and the movements with stardust…the stuff that makes us human.” –Festival Peak

“‘I See You’ empathizes with anyone who’s suffering, and that’s exactly the kind of song we need right now.” –The Austin Chronicle

“Fusing jazz, folk, pop, and orchestral music, Akina Adderley and company hit all the right notes on their second album.” –Austin Monthly

★ ★ ★ ★ –UK Vibe

★ ★ ★ ★ –The Austin Chronicle

“Lyrics that are pure poetry.” –AXS

“They don’t use their skills to highlight themselves…They practice generous virtuosity.” –Designing & Neighboring

“World Anew gives notice that the ensemble’s rare genius is for making listeners hang rapturously on every word and gesture sung and played.” –Jazz da Gama

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