As part of Chicago Theater Week, M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ 2018 premiere returns. Bril Barrett has always had a deep respect, love and admiration for the music of the legendary Nina Simone. He embarked on creating work with M.A.D.D. Rhythms that pays the utmost respect and homage to Nina Simone. The performance includes choreography by Barrett, Tristan Bruns, Starinah “Star” Dixon, Alexandrya Fryson, Donnetta “LilBit” Jackson and improvography by all performers
Working with musical director/Drummer Ben Jammin Johnson and some of Chicago’s most legendary jazz vocalists and musicians, his goal for each piece is to exude a different part of Simone’s career and aesthetic.