Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Simona Minns

Simona Minns is a Lithuanian born jazz vocalist, composer and artistic director based in Boston. Her style is known for its unique theatrical flavor, genre-bending, and virtuosic vocal scat improvisation. Her latest work, “A Hunger Artist," blends her haunting vocals with elements of Lithuanian folk, vaudeville and even rock music to convey the narrative of Franz Kafka's short story by the same title. Classically trained on Lithuanian zither, Simona earned her BA in jazz vocals at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater. Shortly after receiving the European Touring Scholarship, she moved to the United States to study at Berklee College of Music where she majored in Contemporary Composition and Production. She received the Berklee Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award and regularly performs and presents workshops in the US and Europe. Simona recently founded a contemporary performance company, Syntheater, which brings her compositions to life through modern dance. Besides performing and directing, Simona composes for drama plays, string quartets, orchestras, jazz combo, big bands, and non-traditional instrumental settings.  Profile photo by Geoff Norris, Doo Bop Jazz Bar, Brisbane, Australia. February 11th, 2018.

Additional Links: 
Review by John Fenton, about February 20th, 2018 performance at the Backbeat bar, Auckland, NZ.
Australia/New Zealand tour. February 20th, 2018@ Backbeat Bar, Auckland, NZ
"A Hunger Artist" is based on three fictional protagonists from the following works of literature: Hermann Hesse's The Glass Bead Game, Franz Kafka's A Hunger Artist and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment.
May 20th, 2017 @ The Dance Complex, Cambridge, MA
Mashup of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" & "My Favorite Things" by Richard Rodgers
Boston Furnace Fringe Festival, July 9th 2017

I Have Worked With

  • February 2018

    A part of 2018 February tour Australia/New Zealand.

    Presented the debut album "A Hunger Artist".

  • February 2018

    A part of 2018 February tour Australia/New Zealand.

    Presented the debut album "A Hunger Artist".

  • July 2017

    Showed my dance theater piece "A Hunger Artist" as a part of Boston Furnace Fringe Festival.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Simona
Job Title/Position: 
Jazz singer, Composer, Arranger, Artistic director
Physical Address: 
Boston, MA 02125
Last Name: 
Minns
Phone: 
857-204-5519

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Jazz
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Multi-Disciplinary
Music - Jazz
Theater - Musical
Populations Served: 
Adults
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
Languages Available: 
Russian
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
20
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
Bachelors degree in jazz vocal performance, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater
Contemporary writing & production, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
Awards: 
Berklee Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award, 2015
The Boston Foundation, LAB (Live Arts Boston), 2017 Grantee

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Speaker PA system
Fee Range Minimum: 
$400
Fee Range Maximum: 
$2,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
8

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Music
Ages Served: 
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Certifications / Training: 
CORI
Fee Range Minimum: 
$50
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,000