Originally delivered as part of the Healthy Ireland initiative and with assistance from the Tipperary County Council,The Sofa Symphony is a live online Listening Party at The Source Arts Centre where music lovers can listen to great works of classical music and in real-time share their reactions and comments with other music lovers. Delivered though the use of free-to-access digital platform such asfacebook, Spotify and YouTube and taking place every Thursday evening during the month of May each concert is also enhanced by fun and informative video presentations and helpful listening guides.
When Nina Simone was asked would she like to be remembered for her hit 'My Baby Just Cares for Me' she replied that she would prefer to be remembered for this album - ‘Nina Simone and Piano’. For a rarity on vinyl, ‘...and Piano’ captures Nina Simone in 1969 (a year prior to leaving America for good) and returns her to her performance roots: her voice - alone - and accompanied by herself at the piano. Interpreting the music of songwriters as diverse as Randy Newman, Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and Jaques Brel, her skill as an interpreter and storyteller, (it also helps having one of the great jazz voices of all time) is fully on display. Utterly different to anything she had recorded over the previous decade, it is the sincere statement by an artist whose identity and activism is perhaps even more relevant today than when recorded.
The concerts are curated by Tipperary based Music Director/Educator Eamon O’Malley who will introduce each work and present a specially recorded video-guide each week. While the music is playing, audience members can use an online comments board to remark, make observations and interact with others in an informal and fun online setting.
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