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Lisa Simone / My World

“「(最近)峠を越えたような気がする。すっかり元通りになったと実感でき、この地上を意識的に渡り歩いている気持ちが蘇った。生きているのは、本当に嬉しい!」

Lisa Simone is understandably and justifiably elated

リサ・シモンは、当然なことながら正当に大喜びしている。彼女自身の3枚目のアルバム『My World』が全世界でリリースされたばかりだ。
本作は、彼女に取って真に好きで行った仕事の塊であり、あふれんばかりの自作が収録され(その例外は、彼女自身の伝説的な、アイコンである母親、ニーナ・シモンと関係する楽曲、2曲のカヴァー)、この多才で、多数の賞を受賞する経験を持つシンガー・ソングライター、パフォーマーと女優である彼女自身の時には魅力的で、満足感が得られる、最終的に人生を肯定化するジャーニーを大いに物語っている作品だ。

本作『My World』の発表は、彼女の多忙な2016年を締めくくる出来事だ。彼女は、既に母親の賞賛を浴びたドキュメントリー『ニーナ・シモン 魂の歌(What Happened Miss Simone?)』の共同エクゼキュティヴ・プロデューサーとしてアカデミー賞のノミネイションを今年獲得したばかりだ。世界中から常にライヴの需要があるリサは、歌手としてのレコーディング・キャリアを2008年に発表した、母親の1966年に出した『High Priestess Of Soul』に収録されている楽曲を中心に焦点を当てた、ビッグ・バンド形式のトリビュート・アルバム『Simone On Simone』でデビューを飾る。2014年には、「Finally Free」、「The Child In Me」と名作「Autumn Leaves」の素晴らしいカヴァーが収録されている評判の良い2枚目のアルバム『All Is Well』を発表する。”

そしてリサは、ギタリスト、ハーヴ・サンブと共同制作と共作を行った、彼女自身の経験を描く、真にどんな人間なのかをリスナーが覗くことが出来る、かなり私的な楽曲群が収録されている新作『My World』という素晴らしい音楽プロジェクトを完成させた。冒頭のアップビートな楽曲「Let It All Go」は、本作の完璧な出発点を提供してくれる:「お別れを告げる気持ちと自己の関係に感化され、作曲した楽曲だ。2014年から始めた瞑想を行い続けた際に気づいた、子どもから持っていた根本的な心の問題とは、愛する人にお別れを告げることが苦手だった事でした。熟考し続けた末、この問題に関して、自分が精神的に繰り返しているパターンがあると気付いた。私自身がこの問題を自ら体験していたので、ある数日の間に渡り、この楽曲を少しずつ作曲した。客観的にこの問題をコントロールしようとしている自分の姿は、既にそれを手放さなければならないと気づいているの。。。」。

『ジーザス・クライスト・スーパースター』劇団の旅回りの一員(国際的に有名な歌手、例えばスペインのラファエルとかのバック・ヴォーカリストの仕事を経て)、賞を受賞したブロードウェイ・ミュージカル『レント』のオリジナル・キャストに参加し、『ライオン・キング』ではナラの役と賞を受賞したミュージカル『アイダ』の主演女優の役をこなす演劇女優業を経て、リサは自作「Tragique Beauty」、1962年に発表したニーナ・シモン作「If Only You Knew」の哀調を帯びたカヴァーとリサ自身の生き生きした、エネルギー溢れるライブのクライマックスの一つである「Work Song」の再録の3曲を本作で披露し、母親(過去50年の間、世界的有名な歌手、レコーディング・アーティストと公民権運動の先駆者の一人である方)に対して自ら敬意を表す。.

A standout track…

感情的に満足感が得られる、音楽的に多様な、本作の際立った楽曲の一つ「Tragique Beauty」の原形は、母親が亡くなる2003年4月21日の前日にリサ自身が書いた詩「She Came…」なのだ。「この体験は前夜の20日に起き、日記にこう書いた“彼女は偉大な風として登場し、その突風が葉を吹き飛ばした”。この歌に書いた事全ては、そのまんま起きたわ。ハーヴと私がこの曲を母親のピアノの真隣で共作し始めた時、彼は「Tragique Beauty」のギター・リフを弾き始めた。二人で共作作業する時、いつも魔法のようだ。彼が弾き、私は歌う。ほとんどそんな感じで共作する。今まで他の人とはなかった音楽関係なのだ」。

印象深いほど美しい「I Pray」は、リサのティーンエイジの娘、リアナが作曲し、フィーチャーしている。
リサ曰く「私は二回目のヴァースを書いたが、元々彼女からこの曲の歌詞とメロディを書く刺激を受けた」リサは現在、2003年に亡くなるまで有名な母親が住んでいた南仏の家に住んでいて、そこで本作のプリ・プロダクションが行われた。「リアナからこの曲のコンセプトの閃きを貰い、私自身はその刺激に本当に乗っかった。この楽曲の後半には、私が瞑想する際に行うチャントをハーヴが考案し、入れた。この楽曲の作曲のネタは、少しずつ重ねられ、一歩ずつ歩みながら完成された。今後期待している次、最後と完結する段階は、この楽曲をリアナとともにスタージに立ち、歌うことだ」。

Creating MY WORLD…

『My World』の制作は2015年の数ヶ月の間に渡り、サンブ氏、彼女のツアー・バンドに在籍しているドラマー、ソニー・トループとベーシスト、レジー・ワシントンと共にレコーディングが行われた。数年前に、
このかなり中毒性のある、印象的なタイトル・トラックの原形が書き始められた。「2009年に旦那がマルセイユに来た時に書いた手紙を読み感化され、書いた楽曲だ。“私がもし完璧な世界を想像したら、その世界はどんなものになるのだろうか?”と考え始めた途端、この曲の歌詞を一気に閃いた。メロディを考え、“我々は母なる大地を養成しなければならない”の一節を書いたら、病気中の娘と犬をスタジオに連れ出した。その時、同志の力がこの振動次元で歌っているのを感じ、この楽曲を作曲した時に遥か彼方の善良、平和と光が生じていたと思ったわ」。”

凄くファンキーな、管楽器の躍動感が溢れる「Unconditionally」、回想的な「Expectations」、優しい間奏曲「I’ve Learned」、感動的な「Ode To Joe」(リサの息子、ジョレルのために書いた曲)、リズムが効いたロック調の「Hold On」と、希望と楽観性についての楽曲「This Place」と言ったその他のかなり私的な楽曲が本作に収録されている。「This Place」についてリサはこう語っている「母親はこの家で晩年を過ごしたが、私に取っては悲痛から復活を遂げた場所でもあった。この楽曲は元々実は母親に刺激され創造した。2016年の8月に私は人生初めてロンドンのジャズ・クラブ、ロニー・スコッツでのライブ・ビデオを観て、驚いた。即座に何もかも消して、手首を見て、こう一人ごとを言った“一瞬待とう。5、4、そして驚く事にこの楽曲の閃きが現れた。この家に初めて訪れたのが、母親の葬式の時だった。私にとって、今まで死と苦しみを表している場所でした。この楽曲は、そんな印象から私にとって安らぎの場所に変身したことについての曲なのだ。この場所から
世間の皆に目撃されるように、私の輝きを発したいと思っている。もう苦しみは消え、私が居るべき場所となり、我が家だ!」。”

No stranger to the road

リサ(タイラー・ペリー監督の2010年に公開された映画『For Colored Girls』のサントラにフィーチャーされた)は、頻繁にツアーに出ている。1990年代にリキッド・ソウルというアシッド・ジャズ・バンドに数年間在籍していた時、このバンドが2000年に発表したアルバム『Here’s The Deal』がグラミー賞をノミネイトされた。自身のソウルフルなヴォーカルと生き生きしたステージ上の存在感を振る舞い、ロンドン、パリ、東京、グアデルーペ、サン・パウロ、ウィーンとモントルーといった世界の大都市を回る海外ツアーに挑み、各地の観客を驚かせていた。.

『My World』では1級のアーティストとしての成長ぶりを見事に表明しており、リサは自身のキャリアの次の段階に踏む準備万端だ。彼女は、本作のタイトル曲を作曲し録音し、「自身の魂と心から現れた曲を自由奔放に創造出来た」と、いいきっかけとなったと語っている。筋は「これは私で、私は無限な存在なのだ」である。音楽とは、無限で、普遍的なのだ。心と魂は無限である。私自身が経験する自由により、多様性、喜びとこの地上で人間として様々な経験を重ねて出来上がった私の世界に全世界の方々を歓迎したい」彼女は最新の音楽的な成功をこうまとめている「任務達成。本領発揮はこれからだ!」

シモン、ブロードウェイや芸能界ではリサ・シモンという芸名で知られているリサ・シモン(ケリー)は、
米空軍の兵役経験者、歌手、作曲者、グラミー賞の候補者、賞を受賞した女優とドクター・ニーナ・シモンの
一人娘だ。米空軍の兵役を務めている最中、ドイツのフランクフルトで20年以上前に、彼女は自身の芸能活動を始めた。.

ディスニー社の二つミュージカル、アイダ役(『アイダ』)とナーラ役(『ライオン・キング』)を務めるだけではなく、彼女は初の全国ツアーを回っている最中に“アイダ”の主演役で“ナショナル・ブロードウェイ・シエター賞のミュージカル部門の最優秀女優賞”を受賞し、その後にも2003年の母親の死まで、批評家(ヴァラエティ誌やビルボード誌など)からの絶賛の称賛を浴びながらニューヨークのパレス・シエターでその役を務めていた。『レント』という劇のオリジナル・ブロードウェイ・キャストの一員であったリサはこの劇の初の全米ツアーに“ミミ・マルケズ”役として同行し、“ヘレン・ヘイズ”賞と“ジェファーソン”賞の二つの賞にノミネイトされる。リキッド・ソウルのメンバーとして、このグループのアルバム『Here’s The Deal』はグラミー賞をノミネイトされる。ダイアン・リーヴス、アンジェリーク・キジョー、オデッタ、トレイシー・チャップマンと共にニューヨークのカーネギー・ホールとオーストラリアのシドニー・オペラ・ハウスで共演を果たし、ニューヨークのリンカーン・センターとタウン・ホールでヘッドライン・ライヴを行い、テルライド、モントリュー、ノース・シー、マルシアックの世界有数のジャズ・ファスティバル、パリのザ・オリンピアで、歌を歌い、多くの観客の心と魂に喜びを与えた。リサ・シモンは、タイラー・ペリー監督の2010年に公開された映画『For Colored Girls』のサントラにフィーチャーされ、2008年に発表した母親に因んだ、ビッグ・バンド形式のトリビュート・アルバム『Simone on Simone』でジャズ・チャートの1位の座を君臨した。

リサ・シモン・ケリーとして彼女は、多数の賞を受賞した2016年に公開された、ネットフリックス制作の母親、ドクター・ニーナ・シモンの自伝ドキュメントリー『ニーナ・シモン 魂の歌(What Happened Miss Simone?)』の共同エクゼキュティヴ・プロデューサーとしてアカデミー賞をノミネイトされ、出演もしている。

FNACのジャズ・チャートで4位まで上がった前作『All Is Well』をサポートした2014〜2015年の前回のツアーを成し遂げ、現在彼女は世界中絶賛を浴びている最新作『My World』を宣伝するためにツアーを行っている。

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Lisa Simone / My World

“I really feel like I’ve turned a corner and that I feel more whole than I’ve ever felt and ever remembered feeling in my conscious walk on this earth.
And it’s really good to be here!”

Lisa Simone is understandably and justifiably elated

Her third album, MY WORLD is now out in the world: it’s a true labor of love, a recording brimming with original compositions (with the exception of two covers of songs associated with her legendary and iconic mother, Nina) that reflect the sometimes challenging, rewarding and ultimately life-affirming journey of this multi-talented award-winning singer, songwriter, performer and actress.

The 2016 release of MY WORLD caps a year filled with activity for Lisa, who garnered an Oscar nomination as co-executive producer of the acclaimed documentary about her mother, “What Happened Miss Simone?’ Consistently in demand for live performances the world over, Lisa began her solo recording career in earnest with the 2008 release of Simone On Simone, a big band tribute to her mother that focused on material from Nina’s 1966 set, ‘High Priestess Of Soul.’ In 2014, came her well-received second album, All Is Well – which contained original compositions such as “Finally Free” and “The Child In Me” as well as an outstanding version of the classic, “Autumn Leaves.”

Now comes MY WORLD which finds Lisa working with co-producer and co-writer, guitarist Herve Samb and crafting a superb musical project that depicts her own experiences, with highly personal songs that truly provide listeners with an insight into who she is.

The upbeat opening cut, “Let It All Go” provides the perfect jumping off point: “That song was inspired by my relationship to saying goodbye. In my meditations probably since 2014, I’ve realized that one of my root childhood issues, heart issues, has been that of saying goodbye to my loved ones. It wasn’t until I continued to reflect upon it that I recognized the pattern that I go through emotionally; the song came over the series of a couple days because I was living it, I was in it. The vision of me determined to hold on to control already knows I’ve got to let it all go…”

A member of the original touring company of “Jesus Christ Superstar” (after stints singing background vocals for international artists such as Spain’s Raphael) before joining the original cast of the award-winning Broadway musical “Rent”, originating the role of Nala in “The Lion King”, and as the award winning lead actress in “Aida,” Lisa pays personal homage to her mother (the world-renowned performer, recording artist and civil rights pioneer whose work influenced countless others over past five decades) through three songs in particular, the original “Tragique Beauty, a plaintive cover of Nina’s 1962 composition, “If Only You Knew” and a new recording of “Work Song, one of the highpoints of Lisa’s dynamic and energetic live performances.

A standout track…

A standout track on an album that is both emotionally satisfying and musically diverse, “Tragique Beauty” started out as a poem entitled “She Came…” which Lisa wrote on the eve of her mother’s passing, April 21st, 2003: “The experience itself happened on the night of the 20th and I wrote in my journal, ‘she came as a great wind that with gusts sent leaves flying.’ Everything in that song is exactly what happened. When Herve and I started writing together – right next to my mom’s piano – he played the guitar riff that became “Tragique Beauty”. When he and I write together, it is magical. He plays; I sing. For the most part, that’s just how it happens – it’s a musical relationship that I’ve never really had with anyone else..”

Hauntingly beautiful, “I Pray” was written by and features Lisa’s teenage daughter ReAnna: “I wrote the second verse, but she originally inspired the words, and the melody,” says Lisa, who lives in the South of France, in the house that belonged to her famed mother before she passed away in 2003, where pre-production for the album was done. “ReAnna inspired the concept and I really followed that. The second half of it, I came up with Herve who suggested doing one of the chants I do when I meditate. The song came in layers and steps. The next, last, and final piece that I look forward to is the day that ReAnna and I perform it together on stage.”

Creating MY WORLD…

Creating MY WORLD took place over a period of months in 2015, with Lisa recording with Samb and her other touring band musicians, drummer Sonny Troupé and bassist Reggie Washington: the genesis for the highly infectious and memorable title track began several years earlier: “It was inspired by a letter that my husband wrote when we came here to Marseilles in 2009…I started imagining, ‘what would my world be like if I imagined a perfect world?’ Then the lyrics to this song came in a flood. The melody came, and by the time I got to ‘we have to nurture Mother Earth.’ I herded my sick daughter and dog to the studio. Some friends happened to be in town so I had the luxury of being able to actually go to the studio and lay it down. I felt the power of like hearts and like minds humming on this vibrational level and just so much goodness and peace and light coming from that…”

Other highly personal songs include the so-funky, horn-driven “Unconditionally,” the reflective “Expectations,” the gentle interlude “I’ve Learned,” the moving “Ode To Joe” (written for Lisa’s son, Jorel), the rhythmic, rock-flavoured “Hold On” and “This Place,” a song of hope and optimism about “this house, this place where my mother spent her last years and my relationship to it, from heartbreak to resurrection. It was originally inspired actually, initially, by mom. I watched [the video of] her live at Ronnie Scott’s in August 2016 for the first time in my life and my jaw was on the floor. I turned off everything, looked at my wrist and said, ‘wait for it. Wait for it. Five, four, and the song came. The first time I ever came to this place (this house) was for my mother’s funeral. It always represented death and pain. The song is about how this place has gone from that to it being my peace. And that I will shine my light for the world to see from this place. There’s no more pain. I’m where I belong. I’m home!”

No stranger to the road

Lisa (who was featured on the 2010 soundtrack for Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls”) is no stranger to the road, having spent a couple of years with the acid jazz band Liquid Soul in the late ‘90s, earning a Grammy nomination in the process for the 2000 album “Here’s The Deal” before embarking on international touring, wowing audiences from London and Paris to Tokyo, Guadeloupe, and Sao Paulo to Vienna and Montreux, with her soulful vocals and dynamic stage presence.

Now with MY WORLD representing her growth as an artist of the first order, Lisa is ready for the next phase of her ever-expanding career. She says writing and recording the album’s title cut has been the catalyst for “the freedom to create anything I want because it came from my soul and my heart. The thread was, ‘This is me. I’m limitless.’ Music is limitless and universal. The heart and soul has no limits. I experience the freedom to welcome the world into my world of diversity, of joy, of so many experiences that we all have as human beings on this plane.” She sums up her latest musical triumph simply: “Mission accomplished. It’s just the beginning!”

Lisa Simone (Kelly) better known as Simone, and Lisa Simone on Broadway and in entertainment circles, is a USAF veteran, singer, composer, Grammy award nominee, award winning actress, and only child of Dr. Nina Simone.

Her career in the entertainment industry began over 20 years ago in Frankfurt Germany, while serving her country in the USAF.

Lisa not only originated the Disney roles of both “Aida” (Aida), and “Nala” (Lion King), she won the “National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical” in the lead role of “Aida” while heading up its First National Tour, and continued in the role at NY’s Palace Theatre to much critical acclaim (Variety/Billboard), until the death of her mother in April 2003.

A member of The Original Broadway cast of Rent, Lisa took out its First National Tour in the role of “Mimi Marquez”, garnering nominations for both the “Helen Hayes” and “Jefferson” Awards.

She was nominated for a Grammy Award, as a member of Liquid Soul, for their album “Here’s the Deal”, and has continued to blaze a trail from New York’s Carnegie Hall and Australia’s Sydney Opera House alongside Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo, Odetta, and Tracy Chapman, to headlining at New York’s Lincoln Center and Town Hall, to worldwide  jazz festivals in Telluride, Montreaux, North Sea, Marciac, and The Olympia in Paris, filling hearts and souls with joy, through song.

Lisa Simone was a featured performer on the soundtrack from Tyler Perry’s movie For Colored Girls, and topped the jazz charts with her 2008 Big Band tribute album to her mother, entitled “Simone on Simone”.

As Lisa Simone Kelly, Lisa co-executive produced and is featured in the 2016 Oscar nominated, multi-award winning Netflix documentary on the life of her mother, Dr Nina Simone, entitled, “What Happened Miss Simone”.

Lisa’s last 2014-15 tour supported her album “All is Well”, which hit number 4 on FNAC’s jazz charts, and she is currently promoting her latest album, My World, to world wide critical acclaim.

For more information on where you can enjoy Lisa Simone’s MY WORLD experience, go to:

www.facebook.com/lisasimonemusic/

Discographies

New album “My World” released March 25, 2016 (Sound Suveyor Music / L’Autre Distribution)

ALL IS WELL
2014
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Discographies

Nouvel album “My World” sorti le 25 mars 2016 (Sound Suveyor Music/L’Autre Distribution)

ALL IS WELL
2014
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MY WORLD

MY WORLD – LISA SIMONE

1 – Let It All Go 3:09
2 – Unconditionally 3:23
3 – Expectations 3:54
4 – I Pray 3:54
5 – I’ve Learned 1:29
6 – My World 4:10
7 – If You Knew 3:40
8 – Ode To Joe 3:24
9 – Tragique Beauty 4:00
10 – Hold On 3:30
11 – This Place 4:22
12 – Work Song 3:17
Total time : 45:39

Lisa Simone : vocals
Hervé Samb : guitars, piano, back vocals
Reggie Washington : bass, double bass, back vocals
Sonny Troupé : drums, percussions, back vocal

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MY WORLD

MY WORLD – Lisa Simone

1 – Let It All Go 3:09
2 – Unconditionally 3:23
3 – Expectations 3:54
4 – I Pray 3:54
5 – I’ve Learned 1:29
6 – My World 4:10
7 – If You Knew 3:40
8 – Ode To Joe 3:24
9 – Tragique Beauty 4:00
10 – Hold On 3:30
11 – This Place 4:22
12 – Work Song 3:17
Total time : 45:39

Lisa Simone : vocals
Hervé Samb : guitars, piano, back vocals
Reggie Washington : bass, double bass, back vocals
Sonny Troupé : drums, percussions, back vocal

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Invivo Agency
Boris Jourdain

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Sébastien d’Assigny

ALL IS WELL

ALL IS WELL – LISA SIMONE

1 – Interlude 0:37
2 – Finally free 4:18
3 – All is well 5:00
4 – Child in me 4:49
5 – Revolution 4:17
6 – Suzanne 5:07
7 – The hardest part 4:30
8 – Ain’t got no i got life 5:03
9 – Take it to the father 4:24
10 – Lullabye 5:50
11 – Autumn leaves 5:17
Total time 49:44

Lisa Simone : vocal, lyrics
Hervé Samb : guitar, compositions, arrangements
Reggie Washington : bass, double bass
Sonny Troupé : drums, percussions

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Lisa Simone

Tournée 2016/2017

25.10.17
20 h 00 min
Flato Markham theatre
Markham (QC)
26.10.17
19 h 30 min
First Ontario Performing Arts Centre
St Catharines
09.11.17
12 h 19 min
Tel-Aviv
Israel
25.11.17
20 h 00 min
Jazz en Ouche
L'Aigle (FR)

Lisa Simone / My World

“I really feel like I’ve turned a corner and that I feel more whole than I’ve ever felt and ever remembered feeling in my conscious walk on this earth.
And it’s really good to be here!”

Lisa Simone is understandably and justifiably elated

Her third album, MY WORLD is now out in the world: it’s a true labor of love, a recording brimming with original compositions (with the exception of two covers of songs associated with her legendary and iconic mother, Nina) that reflect the sometimes challenging, rewarding and ultimately life-affirming journey of this multi-talented award-winning singer, songwriter, performer and actress.

The 2016 release of MY WORLD caps a year filled with activity for Lisa, who garnered an Oscar nomination as co-executive producer of the acclaimed documentary about her mother, “What Happened Miss Simone?’ Consistently in demand for live performances the world over, Lisa began her solo recording career in earnest with the 2008 release of Simone On Simone, a big band tribute to her mother that focused on material from Nina’s 1966 set, ‘High Priestess Of Soul.’ In 2014, came her well-received second album, All Is Well – which contained original compositions such as “Finally Free” and “The Child In Me” as well as an outstanding version of the classic, “Autumn Leaves.”

Now comes MY WORLD which finds Lisa working with co-producer and co-writer, guitarist Herve Samb and crafting a superb musical project that depicts her own experiences, with highly personal songs that truly provide listeners with an insight into who she is.

The upbeat opening cut, “Let It All Go” provides the perfect jumping off point: “That song was inspired by my relationship to saying goodbye. In my meditations probably since 2014, I’ve realized that one of my root childhood issues, heart issues, has been that of saying goodbye to my loved ones. It wasn’t until I continued to reflect upon it that I recognized the pattern that I go through emotionally; the song came over the series of a couple days because I was living it, I was in it. The vision of me determined to hold on to control already knows I’ve got to let it all go…”

A member of the original touring company of “Jesus Christ Superstar” (after stints singing background vocals for international artists such as Spain’s Raphael) before joining the original cast of the award-winning Broadway musical “Rent”, originating the role of Nala in “The Lion King”, and as the award winning lead actress in “Aida,” Lisa pays personal homage to her mother (the world-renowned performer, recording artist and civil rights pioneer whose work influenced countless others over past five decades) through three songs in particular, the original “Tragique Beauty, a plaintive cover of Nina’s 1962 composition, “If Only You Knew” and a new recording of “Work Song, one of the highpoints of Lisa’s dynamic and energetic live performances.

A standout track…

A standout track on an album that is both emotionally satisfying and musically diverse, “Tragique Beauty” started out as a poem entitled “She Came…” which Lisa wrote on the eve of her mother’s passing, April 21st, 2003: “The experience itself happened on the night of the 20th and I wrote in my journal, ‘she came as a great wind that with gusts sent leaves flying.’ Everything in that song is exactly what happened. When Herve and I started writing together – right next to my mom’s piano – he played the guitar riff that became “Tragique Beauty”. When he and I write together, it is magical. He plays; I sing. For the most part, that’s just how it happens – it’s a musical relationship that I’ve never really had with anyone else..”

Hauntingly beautiful, “I Pray” was written by and features Lisa’s teenage daughter ReAnna: “I wrote the second verse, but she originally inspired the words, and the melody,” says Lisa, who lives in the South of France, in the house that belonged to her famed mother before she passed away in 2003, where pre-production for the album was done. “ReAnna inspired the concept and I really followed that. The second half of it, I came up with Herve who suggested doing one of the chants I do when I meditate. The song came in layers and steps. The next, last, and final piece that I look forward to is the day that ReAnna and I perform it together on stage.”

Creating MY WORLD…

Creating MY WORLD took place over a period of months in 2015, with Lisa recording with Samb and her other touring band musicians, drummer Sonny Troupé and bassist Reggie Washington: the genesis for the highly infectious and memorable title track began several years earlier: “It was inspired by a letter that my husband wrote when we came here to Marseilles in 2009…I started imagining, ‘what would my world be like if I imagined a perfect world?’ Then the lyrics to this song came in a flood. The melody came, and by the time I got to ‘we have to nurture Mother Earth.’ I herded my sick daughter and dog to the studio. Some friends happened to be in town so I had the luxury of being able to actually go to the studio and lay it down. I felt the power of like hearts and like minds humming on this vibrational level and just so much goodness and peace and light coming from that…”

Other highly personal songs include the so-funky, horn-driven “Unconditionally,” the reflective “Expectations,” the gentle interlude “I’ve Learned,” the moving “Ode To Joe” (written for Lisa’s son, Jorel), the rhythmic, rock-flavoured “Hold On” and “This Place,” a song of hope and optimism about “this house, this place where my mother spent her last years and my relationship to it, from heartbreak to resurrection. It was originally inspired actually, initially, by mom. I watched [the video of] her live at Ronnie Scott’s in August 2016 for the first time in my life and my jaw was on the floor. I turned off everything, looked at my wrist and said, ‘wait for it. Wait for it. Five, four, and the song came. The first time I ever came to this place (this house) was for my mother’s funeral. It always represented death and pain. The song is about how this place has gone from that to it being my peace. And that I will shine my light for the world to see from this place. There’s no more pain. I’m where I belong. I’m home!”

No stranger to the road

Lisa (who was featured on the 2010 soundtrack for Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls”) is no stranger to the road, having spent a couple of years with the acid jazz band Liquid Soul in the late ‘90s, earning a Grammy nomination in the process for the 2000 album “Here’s The Deal” before embarking on international touring, wowing audiences from London and Paris to Tokyo, Guadeloupe, and Sao Paulo to Vienna and Montreux, with her soulful vocals and dynamic stage presence.

Now with MY WORLD representing her growth as an artist of the first order, Lisa is ready for the next phase of her ever-expanding career. She says writing and recording the album’s title cut has been the catalyst for “the freedom to create anything I want because it came from my soul and my heart. The thread was, ‘This is me. I’m limitless.’ Music is limitless and universal. The heart and soul has no limits. I experience the freedom to welcome the world into my world of diversity, of joy, of so many experiences that we all have as human beings on this plane.” She sums up her latest musical triumph simply: “Mission accomplished. It’s just the beginning!”

Lisa Simone (Kelly) better known as Simone, and Lisa Simone on Broadway and in entertainment circles, is a USAF veteran, singer, composer, Grammy award nominee, award winning actress, and only child of Dr. Nina Simone.

Her career in the entertainment industry began over 20 years ago in Frankfurt Germany, while serving her country in the USAF.

Lisa not only originated the Disney roles of both “Aida” (Aida), and “Nala” (Lion King), she won the “National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical” in the lead role of “Aida” while heading up its First National Tour, and continued in the role at NY’s Palace Theatre to much critical acclaim (Variety/Billboard), until the death of her mother in April 2003.

A member of The Original Broadway cast of Rent, Lisa took out its First National Tour in the role of “Mimi Marquez”, garnering nominations for both the “Helen Hayes” and “Jefferson” Awards.

She was nominated for a Grammy Award, as a member of Liquid Soul, for their album “Here’s the Deal”, and has continued to blaze a trail from New York’s Carnegie Hall and Australia’s Sydney Opera House alongside Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo, Odetta, and Tracy Chapman, to headlining at New York’s Lincoln Center and Town Hall, to worldwide  jazz festivals in Telluride, Montreaux, North Sea, Marciac, and The Olympia in Paris, filling hearts and souls with joy, through song.

Lisa Simone was a featured performer on the soundtrack from Tyler Perry’s movie For Colored Girls, and topped the jazz charts with her 2008 Big Band tribute album to her mother, entitled “Simone on Simone”.

As Lisa Simone Kelly, Lisa co-executive produced and is featured in the 2016 Oscar nominated, multi-award winning Netflix documentary on the life of her mother, Dr Nina Simone, entitled, “What Happened Miss Simone”.

Lisa’s last 2014-15 tour supported her album “All is Well”, which hit number 4 on FNAC’s jazz charts, and she is currently promoting her latest album, My World, to world wide critical acclaim.

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ALL IS WELL

ALL IS WELL – Lisa Simone

1 – Interlude 0:37
2 – Finally free 4:18
3 – All is well 5:00
4 – Child in me 4:49
5 – Revolution 4:17
6 – Suzanne 5:07
7 – The hardest part 4:30
8 – Ain’t got no i got life 5:03
9 – Take it to the father 4:24
10 – Lullabye 5:50
11 – Autumn leaves 5:17
Total time 49:44

Lisa Simone : vocal, lyrics
Hervé Samb : guitar, compositions, arrangements
Reggie Washington : bass, double bass
Sonny Troupé : drums, percussions

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Tournée 2016/2017

25.10.17
20 h 00 min
Flato Markham theatre
Markham (QC)
26.10.17
19 h 30 min
First Ontario Performing Arts Centre
St Catharines
27.10.17
20 h 00 min
Palais Montcalm
Quebec (QC)
28.10.17
20 h 00 min
Théâtre Hector-Charland
L'assomption (QC)
07.11.17
20 h 00 min
Nuits Européennes
Strasbourg (FR)
09.11.17
12 h 19 min
Tel-Aviv
Israel
25.11.17
20 h 00 min
Jazz en Ouche
L'Aigle (FR)
29.11.17
12 h 35 min
Le Granit
Belfort (FR)
30.11.17
20 h 00 min
Les Musicales de Bastia
Bastia (FR)
01.12.17
20 h 00 min
Théâtre d'Angoulême
Angoulême (FR)
02.12.17
12 h 45 min
Hanovre
Hanovre (ALL)
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« So connected with what’s real »

C’est l’histoire d’une reconnaissance obtenue sur le tard et sur scène avant tout. Une histoire d’amour comme on en voit rarement entre une artiste et son public: des concerts qui s’enchaînent, le bouche-à-oreille qui vaut pour principale promotion. Une histoire « à l’ancienne ».

1000 vies !

Fille de Nina Simone, Lisa a eu une trajectoire singulière. Ballotée d’un continent à l’autre dans son enfance – au gré des péripéties de son illustre mère, Lisa sort de l’orbite maternelle pour intégrer l’US Air Force. Vétéran de la guerre en Irak, elle bifurque et se retrouve à accompagner la star Espagnole Raphael dans le monde entier pendant quelques années. La reconnaissance aux Etats-Unis viendra un peu plus tard avec le groupe phare du courant acid-jazz Liquid Soul (nommé aux Grammy Awards). Le chemin de la scène se faisant de plus en plus impérieux, c’est à Broadway que celle qui se fait appeler Simone prend son véritable envol.
C’est là qu’elle y apprend véritablement le « métier ». Un vrai sacerdoce. Se produire quotidiennement, faire frémir le public peu importe l’humeur et le moment.

Simone gravit rapidement les échelons. D’abord engagée comme chanteuse remplaçante, ses prestations convainquent les productions de lui offrir les premiers rôles. Elle enchaîne les succès dans des shows à gros budget (Rent, Aïda, Le Roi Lion…) et atteint la consécration et se voyant remettre le National Broadway Theater Award (Meilleure Actrice dans une comédie musicale). L’événement est tel que Nina vient spécialement du sud de la France (où elle réside dans la ville de Carry-le-Rouet) pour assister au succès de sa fille unique : joli moment de retrouvailles après tant d’années.
Mais un bonheur vient rarement seul. Nina décède peu après. Simone part en France pour s’occuper de la complexe succession de sa mère. La coupure avec Broadway est brutale, mais elle coïncide avec d’autres aspirations. Peut-être aurat-il fallu que Nina quitte la scène du jazz pour que Simone ressente le besoin (ou ose !) de s’y mesurer.

Lisa ne revient pas à Broadway et se produit alors en dehors des Etats-Unis dans le cadre de tournées internationales avec d’autres stars. D’abord avec les Daughters of Soul (Lalah Hathaway, Nona Hendrick, Indira Khan…), puis avec Sing the Truth (Dianne Reeves, Angélique Kidjo, Lizz Wright).

Une rencontre déterminante

Simone devient Lisa Simone en croisant la route d’Hervé Samb début 2014. Une belle histoire de compagnonnage entre deux musiciens accomplis débute.
Electron libre de la scène jazz parisienne, Samb a lui aussi pas mal bourlingué. Né à Dakar, résident new-yorkais (où il a collaboré entre autres avec Meshell Ndegeocello, Jimmy Cliff, Amadou et Mariam) puis parisien, il est l’un des fers de lance du son africain d’aujourd’hui, à la croisée du blues, du jazz, de rythmiques ancestrales comme de la pop. A l’instar d’autres protagonistes de sa génération, Samb positionne l’Afrique dans l’actualité. Il donne le change à la création européenne actuelle, loin des clichés habituels sur la musique africaine traditionnelle, et développe un langage musical inédit puisé dans les différentes cultures qui l’habitent.

Cette rencontre prend tout son sens dans la lignée des Simone. Nina bien sûr avait en son temps souvent œuvré à contre-courant pour «son peuple». Lisa, à sa manière, continue le chemin tracé. Aux côtés d’Hervé Samb, on entend un des bassistes les plus en vue de ces quinze dernières années, l’Afro-Américain Reggie
Washington, et l’ardent batteur guadeloupéen Sonny Troupé. La diaspora est réunie, le projet fait sens.

Une alchimie musicale

All is Well, le précédent LP, a été une forme d’antichambre de My World. Hervé Samb, directeur musical du projet dès le début, est allé plus loin dans le processus d’arrangement et d’orchestration initié alors. Les compositions et les arrangements reposent sur des choix simples et organiques, choix dictés par la force évidente du groupe : sa valeur acoustique, le « son live », une patine qui ne trompe pas, patiemment rodée au fil de l’activité scénique du groupe.

My World est l’aboutissement d’un équilibre très efficace que Lisa Simone, Hervé Samb et leurs musiciens ont su faire exister sur scène sans discontinuer deux années durant.
My World est le fruit de cette collaboration totale entre Lisa Simone et Hervé Samb, et a été enregistré dans deux lieux différents : dans les contreforts des Cévennes au Studio Recall (qui a accueilli dans le passé Alain Bashung, Noir Désir, Césaria Evora…) et en région parisienne au studio Yellow Sub (Zazie, Garou…). De nouveaux instruments sont venus étoffer le groupe originel. Une section de cuivres et des percussions pour soutenir les titres les plus groovy (Unconditionnaly, Hold on, Tragic Beauty), et un quatuor de cordes pour apporter un supplément d’âme sur My World, Expectations, This Place. Mais cet album est né sous le signe du vocal avant tout : la voix de Lisa Simone est accompagnée par celle de Lisa Spada dans les chœurs, ainsi que par celles des musiciens qui apportent un contrepoint saisissant notamment sur le titre éponyme My World. L’intérêt majeur de cette production repose en effet sur le placement vocal, une forme d’expression humaine primitive, comme pour faire résonner pleinement le message de paix intérieure si cher à Lisa Simone.

Son monde intérieur, des chansons, rien que des chansons.

Avec My World, Lisa Simone ouvre les portes de l’intime en grand. Au gré des chansons, on découvre l’importance de sa famille : un fils lointain dans Ode to Joe ; sa fille RéAnna à laquelle s’adresse la chanson Unconditionnaly et qui interprète avec sa mère un titre clé du disque – I Pray ; sa mère Nina bien sûr, qui lui a dédié le magnifique If You Knew dans lequel elle exprime tout son amour pour sa fille et son besoin d’être auprès d’elle. Nina Simone est également présente dans Tragique Beauty que Lisa a écrit au moment même de la mort de sa mère, et dans This Place qui fait référence à la maison où Lisa a choisi de poser ses valises, à Carry-le-Rouet, et qui a été la dernière demeure de Nina (elle y est décédée il y a douze ans).
A 53 ans, Lisa Simone chante pour nous parler du bonheur de trouver enfin sa place dans ce monde, de vivre tout simplement. Au fil des expériences et des rencontres, elle a su transcender les souffrances passées et souhaite aujourd’hui partager avec le public une joie profonde, une sérénité nouvelle.
Voici ce qu’il restera de ces chansons simples, faussement naïves et somptueuses.

Boris JOURDAIN