Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Classical Music's No.1 Maverick" Jade Simmons brings "Black Beethoven" to SubCulture in New York, part of ComposersNow Festival, 8 PM Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Press Release: The scarily versatile concert pianist goes from Rachmaninoff to Rap while telling a powerful story of discovering her true identity in her new show The -Romejii Sessions at 8 pm on Friday, Feb. 27th, 2015 at SubCulture as a part of the ComposersNow Festival which is running all month long.

Press Release: Feb. 19, 2015 - NEW YORK -- Concert pianist Jade Simmons will bring an intimate version of her yet to be revealed one-woman show -Romejii (Ro-MEE-jee) to SubCulture on Friday, Feb. 27th, 2015 at 8pm. True to her habit of presenting concert adventures, The -Romejii Sessions is a unique music and storytelling experience that spans Rachmaninoff to Rap tied together with engaging, powerful and often hilarious stories about Jade's life and career as an ever-increasing anomaly in the world of Classical music . It's a riveting story of creative identity breakthrough with musical performances that piece together her evolution into "Classical Music's No. 1 Maverick", a moniker given to her by music journalist & Juilliard professor Greg Sandow.
Highlights of the show include Classical warhorses like Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu and pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff as well as original music by Simmons for piano and electronics, improvisations alongside recorded African drumming and the instant audience favorite, "Black Beethoven", a rap written by Jade that she performs while playing the piano and creating live electronic beats on stage.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 7, the show is at 8pm. Seating at SubCulture is limited, advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended. They can be bought here:

About Jade: How do you get to be named "Classical Music's No.1 Maverick" ? By repeatedly defying expectations, delivering riveting performances and combining passion and innovation at every turn. Called a "musical force of nature", Jade Simmons is easily one of the most exciting and versatile artists on the scene today. For her work on and away from the stage, Essence magazine featured Jade alongside First Lady Michelle Obama and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas as a part of their Style & Substance List which highlights women who have expanded the definition of beauty and achievement. Additionally, she has been recognized two years in a row by Symphony Magazine, listed as one of Ebony magazine’s Top 30 Leaders under 30 (2008) and named Houston’s Best Arts Ambassador by the Houston Press. Last Spring, she made waves as one of the rare classical artists invited to perform at the taste making South by Southwest Festival where her show was ultimately branded one of the "Best of SXSW 2014".  For the highly anticipated documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, about the legendary musician and activist Nina Simone, Jade was called on to provide selections by Chopin, Debussy and Bach for the footage highlighting Simone's early Classical beginnings. Jade's commitment to expanding the boundaries of Classical music and its presentation began as the inaugural New Music/New Places Fellow for the prestigious Concert Artist Guild organization. Today, she offers an incredibly diverse mix of repertoire from the Classics to the cutting edge and audiences have come to expect creative projects backed by riveting performances. Learn more at

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