Singer songwriter Kaz Simmons gave our audience a night to remember this week, with her magical performance at Westminster Music Library.
Schooled in music at Goldsmiths University and Trinity College of Music and with three albums under her belt, interest in Kaz Simmons’ music is gaining serious momentum. So much so, tracks from her latest album Dandelions have been given national airplay on Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 show, not to mention additional local radio stations.
Her music certainly has the ability to both delight and deeply affect an audience; we were treated to a variety of hard-hitting pop songs, heart-aching love ballads, and a selection taken from Dandelions. Ranging from one of the first songs she ever wrote to a song inspired by a trip to Peru, this was an intimate, autobiographical insight into her world. She mixes the Spanish classical guitar music of her youth with Brazilian, pop and jazz to create her own unique style, a glorious fusion with many quirky twists and turns.
“I credit Rufus Wainwright as the reason why I started writing songs. I started messing around on my guitar and ended up working out an arrangement of his tune Pretty Things and tried it out on a gig. I had a great response and loved it and it carried on from there. I think there are traits of Rufus, The Divine Comedy, Radiohead and probably all the musicals I grew up with in my youth. I hope so anyway!”
A very special evening from a talented performer, rest assured a bright future for Kaz Simmons is almost certainly guaranteed.
If you weren’t able to get to the concert you can still catch up with her music, check the library catalogue for Dandelions.