Meridian Music Video Premieres in Jazziz Magazine

The official music video for Meridian premieres in Jazziz Magazine!

Video Producers:  Clizia Corti and Adison Evans
Videography:  Clizia Corti
Drone Videography: Tobia Borgogni
Location: Crete Senesi, Tuscany

After paying tribute to her musical heroes on 2016’s genre-bending debut Hero, Evans’ own compositions and musical prowess take center stage on Meridian over the course of dynamic tracks that are at once lively and pensive. Inspired by the Tuscan countryside Evans considers a second home, Meridian can be considered her love letter to nature.

The music heard on this aptly titled sophomore album is inspired by the feeling one experiences whilst standing alone in nature, breathing in fresh air, feasting the eyes on wonders of the earth, reflecting, and recharging from the chaotic world we live in.

In 2014, Evans brought two and a half very busy years of touring with both Beyoncé and Jay Z to a close in Paris. Upon doing so, she realized that the bustling, chaotic energy of New York City did not present the most apropos return destination for her. In the interest of wanting to be able to speak another language fluently, Evans made the brave decision to move to Asciano, a small countryside village atop a hill outside of Siena in Tuscany.

Upon arrival, Evans opened the front door of the farmhouse she had retreated to, looked out among the eternally rolling hills peeking through the early morning fog, and taking a breath of fresh air, felt as though she had walked into a dream. “I knew I was exactly where I needed to be”, explains the 27-year-old Juilliard graduate.

Album opener “Meridian” is a brief yet pensive piece, which conveys the power of strong melodies, particularly when they are repeated and developed. For Evans, simple and effective melodies like this create cohesiveness and for her, a particular sense of meaningfulness.

“It is an opening statement to the album that focuses on the connection of the group as a whole, and achieves energy and depth through dynamics, sound, and nuance. This song is a loving reminder that we are all connected, to the earth and to each other.”

 

 

Adi and HERO in February’s issue of Downbeat!

I’m happy and excited to be representing Cannonball Musical Instruments and my debut album, Hero in the February issue of Downbeat Magazine! I’ve been a Cannonball artist and playing the Raven Alto Saxophone since the 2013 Superbowl halftime performance with Beyoncè. Upon playing my first notes on the Raven, I was amazed at the huge full sound and the immediate uniformity I felt throughout the different ranges of the horn. As a part of the horn section we are able to blend together really well, thanks to Cannonball instruments. Thank you, Tevis and Cheryl for supplying me with a beautiful horn! 

On The Run: Paris and a new chapter in Toscana

This post is more of a journal entry. Something that I felt the need to write, because my heart is heavy. This past weekend completed a 2 year journey working with Beyonce. Having completed two tours with Beyonce and one with JayZ (Mrs Carter Show/On The Run), I have experienced so many incredible things, have traveled the world many times, and have gained the most incredible family. The end of the tour kind of snuck up on me, and I didn’t expect it. It wasn’t until about a year into the tour that I really started opening my eyes to how incredible my job and my life really is. I was still adjusting to being out in the real world. However, being on the road for 2 years didn’t feel like real life. It honestly felt like an extension of school.

Just like the rest of my tour family we’ve had ups and downs, amazing shows, great traveling experiences and not so good ones.. we’ve experienced heartbreak, we’ve fought, and experienced the most incredible highs one could imagine. I can’t even begin to tell you about all of the amazing people I’ve met. I’ve experienced love from so many fans and people around the globe…language barrier or not.

This post was prompted by me sitting in my Italian class this morning in Tuscany.. (yes, I moved to Tuscany.. for a little while anyway). Everyone in the class was introducing themselves to each other, and then it came my turn. People asked why I was there and what I do, etc. So I stumbled through telling them about my adventure in the past two years in broken italian.. and that is when I realized that that chapter of my life is over (for now anyway).. I haven’t accepted that yet. Yes, when one door closes another opens, and I’m excited about a new beginning, however.. I wasn’t ready for that life to end. I wasn’t ready to leave my sisters in the band.. I wasn’t ready to not wake up, go to soundcheck, play a show, etc. But what can you do? I’m so grateful to Beyonce for not only giving me the opportunity to play, but more for just bringing me together with my family. We have become a family. I’m so grateful and blessed for being able to have had that experience.. and it’s certainly not over. But you have to understand, before I joined Beyonce, I was still in school.. so this is really the first time in my life I have no strings attached to anything or anyone. It’s so freeing. It’s overwhelming. It’s exciting. It’s petrifying.

Which brings me here.. To Toscana. In my house on top of many hills.. with the most amazing view that I didn’t think existed in real life. Yet, here I am. I cook. I learn Italian. I play music. I write music.. I meet new people. It’s an amazing life. As they say here.. “prima o poi le cose belle finiscono” which means “now or later all of the beautiful things end”.
Anyway.. enough of that. I’m working on the next few episodes of the cooking show..which will air soon! I have so much love for all of the fans and friends that have followed my journey the past 2 years.. It’s not over yet.. So stay tuned!! Thank you all for your support!

P.s. To my sisters.. Rie, Katty, Crystal, Bibi, Joy, LT, Dani, Tiffany, Crissy, Montina..I love you with ALL of my heart. God blessed me with you all in my life. See you really soon.. one way or another!10685792_10202672571963194_8656351411958126434_n

Con molto amore (with much love),
Adison

Thank you for having me, Mr. President and First Lady

It’s been a few days now, and I’m still floating on cloud 9. I just wanted to take a second to thank the First Lady and President of the United States for welcoming me into their home a few nights ago for Michelle’s 50th birthday bash. I started the night off playing with Bey, then the President and First Lady so graciously invited us to stay for the party like we were part of the family. I am still in awe of how sincere and genuinely appreciative that they both were of us being there.

I was very pleased to meet so many people all the way from Bill Clinton (of course we talked about playing the saxophone together), and Paul McCartney and Rev Al Sharpton. I’m not one to be star struck, however, when I saw Stevie Wonder walk in the room, my knees buckled! Haha! I could barely make out a sentence except, “You’re my hero!” I guess that’s what happens when you meet someone you’ve wanted to play with your whole life, huh?

The most amazing part of the night was just being able to witness the over-flowing amount of love the President had for the First Lady. I’m just in complete awe.

Happy Birthday First Lady! You are such an inspiration and amazing role model!

With all my love,

Adison

 

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Going to the White House

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