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Nina Simone - I Put A Spell On You + Selected Works : LISTEN

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Envelop SF

900 Marin Street

San Francisco, CA 94124

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"The high priestess of soul", Nina Simone, casts her spell upon our ears and hearts in this dedication to one of the most powerful and authentic voices to grace this planet.

1965's "I Put a Spell on You" Is one of Simone's most well-known and enduring albums. Most of the songs feature dramatic, swinging large-band orchestrations that surround her signature voice. Envelop SF will be in rare "super stereo" mode for this listening event, akin to being inside a giant set of headphones. In other words, this mid 60's stereo production sounds incredible in Envelop SF even though this work was not mixed spatially.

"Nina Simone hurts you. She does it with her voice, which is sharpened and ready, versatile as a set of top flight chef’s knives able to slice through the music making a myriad of purposeful and precise incisions, wounds, gashes or lacerations. She does it through words, delivered sometimes like poisoned darts, other times like butterfly kisses from a child on the cheek of an exhausted mother. She does it by staring you down and withering your resolve; looking at you the way death looks at you, and in so doing giving you life.

Her pain becomes yours, and her pain is eternal and without limit. It is a human pain, a ghostly, ancient suffering that comes through her more than it does from her. Having been dropped to the earth in Depression-era America, she sang this pain through blues and Broadway, through jazz and campy lovestruck standards. She played Bach fugues and cantatas with the same urgent grace that she lent to the hammer-busting work ballads of the black south. Born a classical prodigy in a hot and rural segregated North Carolina town, she was formed into (or perhaps already was) a warrior of unmatched regality; a woman in possession of kind, delicate fingers and the kind of emotional bloodlust that only comes when you grow up in a place where people are lynched for looking just like you.

She may be the only artist to find the link between Sam Cooke and Edith Piaf, between Bertolt Brecht and Malcolm X. Her thorough and strict classical training (she was in the truest and least sensational sense a diva) allowed her to treat the music of black Americans—soul, jazz, blues, roots and folk—with a level of deference typically reserved for Rachmaninov.

At its most glorious, the work collected here is an affirmation of the level of humanity needed to keep the soul in tact and fight for one’s freedom. At its most mournful, it is evidence of the cost."

- by Carvell Wallace, Pitchfork

LISTEN is a series of 3D spatial audio listening events, like movies for your ears.

1st listening session -
7:30 PM Doors | 8:00 PM Begins

2nd listening session -
9:30 PM Doors | 10:00 PM Begins

Envelop SF is within The Midway at 900 Marin St, SF CA.
Enter from the Michigan St side of the building, through the patio. Doors close 15 minutes after start time.
All sales are final / no ticket exchanges.

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Envelop is a nonprofit that amplifies the power of music through immersive listening experiences. With 32 speakers surrounding the audience, our immersive sound venues and free open source spatial audio tools, provide a space to deeply listen, relax and reset. We host a diversity of events ranging from spatial music performances and album listening events, to wellness and 3D audio education. Envelop allows us to be inside the music.

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