EVA is comprised of three contemporary singer/songwriters Liz Simmons, Nicole Zuraitis (USA), Kath Buckell (AUS) who blend stunning renditions of traditional and contemporary original folk music and elements of improvisation from the roots of these cultures. Through stunning three part harmonies bedded against the plush melodic landscape of acoustic instrumentation, EVA draw the audience into an experience that transcends three continents history by sharing songs and stories of how each country culturally influence and enrich one another.
LIZ SIMMONS: Liz grew up listening to her mother sing traditional songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America, as well as the New Orleans brass music her father plays. Since then, she has developed a vocal and guitar style that draws from her musical history in folk, roots and ballad traditions as well as the sounds of contemporary folk music, and she has also become a respected songwriter– her original melody for the traditional song "False Sir John" reached #1 on the international folk DJ charts. Liz is known for her work with Annalivia, the John Whelan Band, and Long Time Courting. Her singing is featured in the film "Time and Charges" (2013), written and directed by Grammy and Emmy award winner Ernest Thompson.
"A honey voiced singer... Simmons sings with winsome ease and genuine feeling." - Dirty Linen Magazine
Singer/songwriter and pianist NICOLE ZURAITIS has been turning heads with her huge voice and catchy melodies since she returned to New York in 2009 as Suzanne Lorge from ALL ABOUT JAZZ recognized her as "...the big-voiced, well schooled singer". She reflects a broad mixture of jazz, pop, r&b and indie fusion where she bridges the gap between genres and unleashing her unparalleled vocals. Having recently returned from a tour of Asia and India, she shared the stage with the extraordinary Jane Monheit for the performance of "Jane Monheit and the Ladies of Jazz". She recently was recognized as a finalist in the 2013 Songdoor International Songwriting Contest, as well as selected for the 2013 New York City Battle of the Boroughs Competition. Nicole has opened for jazz legend Dave Brubeck, as well as "the Platters" and collaborated with world renowned Indian carnatic guitarist and composer Prasanna. She was featured by Columbia News Tonight as "New Yorker of the week" for her work with music and shelter animals. "Zuraitis’ fluid, natural sound is very much richly expressive and wide ranging... her composing full of jazz sensibility and great emotional depth, open to a variety of influences.... an emotive voice with seductive warmth.... 'Pariah Anthem' is a winning exhibition of her performance and songwriting skills." Owen McNally HARTFORD COURANT
The Australian counterpart KATH BUCKELL is a rising Folk/Rock artist in the USA receiving airplay in the US, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, Germany and the UK, charting on the following US charts: #63 on the National Folk DJ chart, #25 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Internet Airplay Chart (for 6 weeks), #27 on the Antiquarian Librarian Breakthrough Recordings for 2012, Top 40 Americana Chart at KVMR (CA), Top 25 AAA chart at WVIA (PA) #12 on the Americana station at WERU (ME) and already won honorable mention at the Mid Atlantic Song Contest for her song ‘Orphaned By The Color Of My Skin’ along with a national radio representation that gave astonishing reviews for her new record… “ Faces Do Not Change stands as the strongest singer-songwriter albums I’ve heard in years” The Gazette (Tom Stauder, 2012) She has toured from Australia, Israel and now the USA and has found her roots in a project that is preserving traditional Australian poetry put to her original music. This new project call Faces Do Not Change was produced by Daniel Jakubovic and supported by well known producer Jaruslav Jakubovic (Bette Midler, Paul Simon, Carly Simon) with guest appearances of Bette Midlers very own Harlette, Ula Hedwig, where she did a beautiful rendition of her song Bird Of Mine.