Simona Minns is a New York based jazz vocalist, touring artist, composer and artistic director originally from Lithuania, while visiting Atlanta for teaching workshops at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, she is going to show at Red Light Cafe on October 1st, 2018. Along with Atlanta's local talents such as Shawboxx Shaw on bass & Emrah Kotan on drums, at Red Light Cafe they will be presenting a selection of her jazz arrangements and original compositions where classic rock, world and jazz styles are blended. Simona's style is known for its unique theatrical flavor, genre-bending, and virtuosic vocal scat improvisation. Her latest work, “A Hunger Artist," blends haunting vocals with elements of Lithuanian folk, vaudeville and even rock music to convey the narrative of Franz Kafka's short story by the same title.
Classically trained on Lithuanian zither, Simona earned her BA in jazz vocals at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater. Shortly after receiving the European Touring Scholarship, she moved to the United States to study at Berklee College of Music where she majored in Contemporary Composition and Production. She received the Berklee Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award and regularly performs and presents workshops in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In 2017 Simona founded a contemporary performance company, Syntheater, which brings her compositions to life through modern dance. Besides performing and directing, Simona composes for drama plays, string quartets, orchestras, jazz combo, big bands, and non-traditional instrumental settings.
Musicians: Simona Minns (vocals/zither), Isaiah Hill (piano), Shawboxx Shaw (bass), Emrah Kotan (drums).
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 9 PM
All ticket sales are final. No refunds. Door is Cash Only.
Simona Minns is a jazz singer, composer, arranger and artistic director originally from Lithuania, currently living and working in Boston MA. Simona has degrees in jazz vocal performance from The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater and a contemporary composition degree from Berklee College of Music of Boston MA.
In 2015 Simona was awarded the Berklee Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award and on May 20th 2017 released her debut album "A Hunger Artist", which can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and major streaming platforms, as well as physical CD's can be purchased here.
As a performer she embraces a wide range of styles and genres, such as jazz standards, her own jazz arrangements, contemporary music, original compositions and traditional Lithuanian music.
Simona's compositions are influenced by jazz, classic rock and folk music traditions. Her compositions have been written for drama plays, string quartets, orchestras, jazz combo, big bands, non traditional instrumental settings.
Simona has founded a contemporary performance company "Syntheater" which produces dance theater performances, artistic workshops, and networking events in the Greater Boston Area.
Simona's latest project "A Hunger Artist" recently received The Boston Foundation Live Arts Boston grant award.