Photo by Ingrid Nelson
Simrit will perform at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts on Friday, March 24. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$35 and can be purchased here. The concert is open to all ages.
Simrit grew up in the southern United States, but her sound is settled deeply in her Greek Orthodox heritage; she was born in Greece before being adopted and moving to the U.S. Her recently released, Songs of Resilience (September 30, 2016), exemplifies this, with its steady beats and melodic vocals. Songs of Resilience is a beautiful mix of many cultures, with Simrit pulling influence from everything from her yoga practice (evident in “Ad Such”) to West African folk music (“Nana” is a reframing of an old Manding song) that she learned from a member of her ensemble, Salif Bamakora, an American kora player. Along with a kora, Simrit’s ensemble includes a cellist and a percussionist to round out her performance. In her melange of cultures and influences, Simrit brings a brand new sound to the stage, providing a unique, transformative experience for every listener.