|Time & Place|
|Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
|Seniors, Military & Students w/ID||$15|
|Children 7–17 w/paying adult||1/2 price|
|Children under 7||free|
Narissa Bond is the 2009 winner of the Hampton Roads Portfolio Awards for best album and best song with her recent release Three Words. Narissa’s vocal style has been compared to Joni Mitchell and her songwriting styles range from traditional folk, jazz and blues to contemporary folk and pop. Narissa was featured in the 2007 book release of I’ve Got Thunder, Black Women Songwriters on their Craft, edited by LaShonda Katrice Barnett. Other artist included in this publication are Abbey Lincoln, Angelique Kidjo, Brenda Russell, Chaka Khan, Dianne Reeves, Joan Armatrading, Nina Simone, Odetta, Toshi Reagan and many others.
Narissa has won numerous songwriting awards including first place in the Oak Valley Bluegrass Music Festival Songwriting Contest for her song “Celia,” a true story about a young slave girl. Narissa Bond has been featured on Public Radio WHRV-FM with Barry Graham and Bob FM with Hunter Hughes in Norfolk, Virginia. Narissa has opened for national recording artists Ember Swift, David Wilcox, Lucy Kaplansky, Vance Gilbert, Richard Shindell, Stephen Bennett, Alix Dobkin,Ulali and most recently Narissa opened for international blues artist, Ruthie Foster at the historic Attucks Theater in Norfolk.
Some the issues she has volunteered her time and music to are Virginian's Against Domestic Violence, Marriage Equality in regard to the LGBT community, Fair Housing for Hampton Roads, VA and HIV/Aids prevention and awareness. Narissa Bond was born in the small city of Beaumont in southeast Texas in the 1960s. Her formative years were spent in the college town of Prairie View, Texas where her mother attended school. Her father taught as a professor of dramatic studies during the week and played guitar in a jazz trio on weekends. Narissa was exposed to art and music at a young age within this creative and educational community. When Narissa began grade school her family relocated to the Midwest town of Lawrence, Kansas where her mother and father worked for the University. Narissa grew up listening to the music of the civil rights era including Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, Peter, Paul and Mary, Odetta, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Nina Simone and many others. During this time Narissa began her guitar instruction with the local singers, songwriters and musicians of the University.
As a teenager, Narissa studied classical music in New Mexico and Jazz guitar in Kansas City at the Charlie Parker Foundation. Ms. Bond graduated from the University of Kansas earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. After graduation, she relocated to Kansas City and became involved with a local songwriting organization called the “Songwriter’s Circle” and began to write and perform her own music while supporting herself as a Graphic Designer. As she honed her songwriting skills, Bond began to perform her music professionally around the Midwest and on the east coast. Bond produced her first recording “A Free Spirit Can’t Run Fast in High Heels” in 1997 and her second recording in 1999 “Knocking at the Doorway to My Soul” while living in Kansas City.
Narissa Bond received a Fellowship from the Kansas Commission of Arts; praise for A Free Spirit Can’t Run Fast in High Heels. In the early 2000s, her travels took her to Hampton Roads, VA where she met a great community of artists. She relocated from the Midwest to the Tidewater region of Virginia where she is now located. In 2002 Ms. Bond released her third recording Between Two Rivers at AMI Studios in Maryland, working with Suzanne Mallow and the two have completed Bond’s fourth recording Three Words at AMI Seagull Studios which was released in February 2008.
Narissa has set a new standard for the art of singing and songwriting… She instantly became a favorite of listeners… She is the real thing… Barry Graham, WHRV 89.5 FM, Norfolk, VA
Between Two Rivers paints a picture of such feeling and unique understanding you come away from the music appreciative of the artist’s journey and your own LaShonda Barnett, WBAI, 99.5 FM, New York, NY