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Dear Nina: A Sonic Love Letter to Nina Simone featuring Drea d’Nur & Rootstock Republic

Joe's Pub

March 29

Doors at 6PM
Show at 7PM

Power, poise and passion reign supreme in this pairing of voice and strings that celebrates the legendary – and at times uncharted – canon of Nina Simone.  Vocalist/pianist Drea d’Nur is accompanied by a 6-piece string ensemble, courtesy of Rootstock Republic, sharing center-stage in this uniquely intimate and newly orchestrated songbook of Nina’s love songs, blues and protest music.

"Drea d’Nur, who created, produced and directed the riveting production [The Spirit of Nina] brought together a phenomenal group of artists in an unforgettable tribute to one of America’s most important and conscientious artists, Nina Simone. There were at least four, well-deserved, standing ovations. Drea did beautiful justice to some of Nina’s most memorable and important songs in her own amazing soul-stirring style. ["Strange Fruit" was] accompanied by acclaimed Violinist, Juliette Jones, and Dancer, Jessica Hutchinson; the audience was [left] mesmerized by Drea’s haunting vocals, the dancer’s movement and the soaring strings."--The Challenger News

"A constant high point during the evening was the incredible accompaniment from the string section, Rootstock Republic. The strings enveloped the crowd and conveyed a sense of wistfulness, longing, melancholy and elation during various points of the night."--Pancakes & Whiskey

Personnel:
Jarvis Benson (Viola)
Drea d'Nur (Piano, Vocals)
Chris Johnson (Bass)
Juliette Jones (Violin, String arrangement, Orchestration)
Monique Brooks-Roberts (Violin)
Malcolm Parson (Cello)
Riza Printup (Harp)

 

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