Lisa is a singer/songwriter, essayist, & published poet. Her music (Hippie Tendencies and NoteSpeak) can be found online on Spotify, Apple Music etc. The American debut of NoteSpeak was at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival in Boulder Co. in September 2017. On the strength of that performance, she was invited to be a speaker and performer at the 70th Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, in April 2018. In November 2019 she presented NoteSpeak in Italy, Austria, and Prague. In January 2020 she presented NoteSpeak in India at the Jaipur Music Stage. Lisa has just been signed to the American Grammy award-winning label Ropeadope Records who released her poetic/musical album NoteSpeak in March 2020m receiving a four-star review from the iconic Downbeat magazine.
“Lisa Marie Simmons has a powerful magnetizing voice for our time- for all time. Authentic and deeply committed.”- Anne Waldman, author of Trickster Feminism (Penguin Poets).
"Across NoteSpeak, the band’s playing remains understated, granting Simmons’ poetry the spotlight. Her words are full of internal rhymes, verbal inflections that move the rhythm in unexpected directions and juxtapositions of imagery that veer from predictable to wildly creative." 4 Stars - Downbeat Magazine j. poet
"Beautiful and Powerful" - Rai Radio 3 "Battiti"
"Lisa Marie Simmons is forging her rightful place in the annals of music history. Her cd, Note Speak: Amori E Tragedie In Musica is poetic mastery of sound and silence." - Regina Harris Baiocchi- composer, author, and poet
"NoteSpeak performed at the closing of the literary festival JLF@Boulder and blew the lid off the house. They had the audience on their feet throughout the incredible 90-minute set! A pure treat!" Sanjoy K. Roy Managing Director of Teamwork Arts. Co-founder, producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival
"Musically and vocally, NoteSpeak consistently changes, shifting from style to style – acoustic jazz solos into hip-hop beats into harmonized gospel vocals into electronic jazz and fusion into free verse rhyming – and yet seems to constantly groove. Simmons' delivery swims in the deep waters connecting Nina Simone to Jill Scott, completely obliterating the line between vocalist and poetess: Warning like a mother lioness, whippersnapping through urban haunts, and curiously wondering about it all." Chris M. Slawecki “All About Jazz”
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