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Simona Smirnova (NYC) and Bill Martin

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Simona Smirnova (NYC) and Bill Martin
Simona Smirnova (NYC) and Bill Martin

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22 Feb 2024, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Dunedin, 286 Princes Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

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About the event

DJC Pop-Up @ Moons presents an incredible evening of jazz and Lithuanian folk music featuring the exceptionally talented Simona Smirnova and the accomplished pianist Bill Martin. Simona, a Lithuanian-born jazz vocalist, composer, and kanklės player based in New York City, will take the stage at Moons Restaurant and Bar on Thursday, 22 February, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

Smirnova's musical journey is as incredible and diverse as her repertoire, encompassing jazz standards, original compositions, and traditional Lithuanian folk music. Classically trained on the kanklės, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in jazz vocals at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Following a European Touring Scholarship, Simona further honed her craft at Berklee College of Music, where she earned a degree in Contemporary Composition and Production. 

Smirnova is not only an Alumna of the prestigious Berklee College of Music but also an active member of the global musician community. Her contributions include mentoring at the Berklee Alumni Mentorship program, participating as a voting member of the Grammy Recording Academy, mentoring at the Grammy U program, and being a composer member of the New York Composers Circle (NYCC). Smirnova's discography is a testament to her diverse musical talents. 

Her debut album, ‘A Hunger Artist’ (2017), is inspired by  Franz Kafka's short story. Her second album, ‘Joan of Arc’, was composed for a String Quartet as a soundtrack for the silent film ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ (1928), Her third album, ‘Bird Language’ was released in April 2022, Simona's performances of the ‘Bird Language’ have become a regular highlight in the New York City jazz scene. Her latest album, ‘Kanklės in New York’ (2023), presents the traditional Lithuanian zither, kanklės, in both album and sheet music formats. Comprising 14 original pieces for kanklės solo and kanklės with voice. 

Returning to Dunedin after a rapturous reception at the Dunedin Folk Club in 2022, Simona is set to captivate the audience once again with her soulful voice and unique blend of musical influences. Accompanied by the talented pianist Bill Martin, this dynamic duo promises a remarkable and unforgettable evening. Don't miss the opportunity to experience Simona Smirnova and Bill Martin's collaboration of jazz standards, original compositions, and Lithuanian folk music in an unforgettable night. 

Thursday 22 February, 7:30-9:30 pm

Moons Restaurant and Bar

286 Princes Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

Tickets $28.75  (incl. GST)

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