Billy Childs: Reimagining Laura Nyro featuring Alicia Olatuja and Moira Smiley
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8pm
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union
Arrive early for a special pre-show event: A conversation with Billy Childs.
7pm, Room 3222, Talley Student Union
When jazz pianist and composer Billy Childs was 11 years old, his older sister introduced him to the work of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Laura Nyro (1947-1997). Nyro’s blend of Broadway inspired melodies, jazz improvisation and socially conscious lyrics have stayed with him.
Now Childs has returned to his early source of inspiration for conceiving and orchestrating his latest project. He’ll be joined by two electrifying young vocalists: Alicia Olatuja, who first grabbed the national spotlight when performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Obama’s 2013 inauguration; and Moira Smiley, a singer of many talents who tours with the Irish music powerhouse Solas, Indie artist tUnE-yArDs, The Lomax Project, Billy Childs, and leads her own group, moira smiley & VOCO.
Billy Childs and his band will be joined at this concert by a string quartet from Mallarmé Chamber Players.