Lisa Marie Simmons

NoteSpeak 12

February 24, 2023

Release: February 24, 2023

Following her 2020 debut album “NoteSpeak (Amori e Tragedie In Musica)” which Downbeat Magazine dubbed one of the best records of the year, multidisciplinary storyteller Lisa Marie Simmons reunites with long-time collaborator Marco Cremaschini to present NoteSpeak’s sophomore album, ‘NoteSpeak 12’, set to release on February 24th on Ropeadope.

A published poet, essayist, and singer/songwriter, Lisa Marie Simmons brings together the rich experience of her life and multifaceted career to deliver a relaxed, personal, and deliberate articulation of her story. 

A survivor of several troubled foster homes and adoptions, “her persistent desire to discover (and hold) joy in the face of suffering is a bright light in an often dark world” (Louis H Marks, Ropeadope Records).

Her lyrics, in substance and form (sonnets, free verse, rondeau prime and others) meditate upon the omni-prescence of the number 12 and its various worldly incarnations: In Islam, in Judeo-Christianity, in astrology, in physics, and its metaphysical representation of harmony, empathy, and unity.

Marco Cremaschini’s compositions seek to survey the distance between Western Classical and pan-African traditional music, using dodecaphonic (12-note scale) composition popularized by Schoenberg and Stockhausen and Afrobeat as case studies to represent each cultural outpost. Combining complex large-ensemble arrangements with freedom, improvisation and spontaneity, the music has a confident sense of space, breath, and contrast.

United by the concepts of unity and connection, ‘NoteSpeak 12’ is bold, engrossing and exciting. Following a path paved by artists such as Gil Scott-Heron and The Last Poets, it changes constantly between styles from straight-ahead jazz, to hip-hop, to gospel, to funk, to 20th century classical music, and yet seems to consistently groove

Self-defined as a “multi-level jazz hybrid”, NoteSpeak 12 is more than just poetry set to music or  the other way around. It’s a conversation between the two artforms, and an exploration of the human experience.

NoteSpeak Lisa

Line up

Lisa Marie Simmons | lead vocal, lyrics, composition
Marco Cremaschini | keyboards, arrangements, compositions

Marco Cocconi I
electric & acoustic bass
Federico Negri I
Manuel Caliumi I alto sax
Laura Masotto I violin
Denise Dimè I vocals
Dionne Draper Ernest Ikwanga I guitars
Mauro Negri I tenor saxophone
Federico Pierantoni I trombone
Fulvio Sigurtà I trumpet, flugelhorn

Donata Greco I flute
Weedie Braimah I percussion
Maurizio Giannone I percussion

Track Listing

Can We Agree?

The Last Supper
I Gotta Hunch
Individually One


I Think I Understand
Another Strings Pulled from the Theory
The Longest Night
The 12th Thing

All About Jazz


Downbeat Magazine


Radio Chillizet




Verhoovens Jazz


La Habitación del Jazz


Viewless Wings


Radio Gdansk




Jazz FM (UK) – Full Circle with Ruth Fisher


Jazz Views




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