Nori is an eclectic modern jazz band featuring Akina Adderley on vocals, Erik Telford on trumpet, Nick Litterski on keys, Aaron Allen on upright bass, and Andy Beaudoin on drums. Festival Peak describes Nori as “a five-person gift from Austin, TX.”
Enriching an aesthetic deeply rooted in American jazz and folk music, the ensemble playfully weaves together a myriad of global inﬂuences giving rise to a seamless synthesis of sound. These musical explorations expertly balance the narrative of the song with wide-open improvisations, echoing the transcendent tones of Nina Simone, Bill Frisell, John Coltrane, and Joni Mitchell.
The band’s debut album World Anew received much critical acclaim after its release in 2016. Their 2018 follow-up Bruise Blood highlighted visceral themes of social divisions in 21st century America. Nori is releasing an album exclusively on vinyl on December 3, 2021. The record documents the band's diverse catalogue and will include two new tracks – "The Garden (2021 version with strings)" and a cover of Nina Simone's "Four Women."