October 20, 2006
Kansas artist Ann Zimmerman to perform at Caffé Acoustic
You need not be a music lover to find yourself in Ann Zimmerman’s songs. She goes beyond standard topics to touch on plumbers, farmers, legislation, canned goods, and science. Zimmerman, a native of Salina, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Caffé Acoustic, which will be held at Brown’s Office Supply, 225 S. Summit in Arkansas City.
Zimmerman packs her songs with energy, humor and listener participation. In solo performances across the country, her instruments are piano, guitar, her captivating voice and irresistible stage presence, and the audience itself.
Performing over 120 concerts a year and winner for two years of the Flint Hills Gathering songwriting contests in Arkansas City, she is a veteran of concerts from New York, Boston, and the DC area, to Texas, Seattle and Alaska, playing radio and TV shows, festivals, farmers markets, fancy theaters, and smoky dives.
Zimmerman’s songs express a deep sense of humor and exuberance, especially toward life on the windy plains. Singer Magazine has reviewed her work, and she was featured on Kansas Public Television and interviewed on a California podcast.
“I hope to get the audience signing,” Zimmerman admits. “When a song comes back to me from the crowd, I know it got inside them.”
Even songs without sing-along parts can capture the audience through the stories they tell: An educated urban woman falls for a guy on a horse. Diesel fumes from a metro bus trigger farming memories in an 8-to-5 city worker. Fog around a streetlight transports a character into a scene from an old movie.
Zimmerman’s latest recording, “Blue Wild Indigo,” sends a listener on richly melodic and unexpected journeys. The title song studies a wild flower and travels through geologic time into the mysteries of beauty, age and love. “If I Had Been Beautiful” revisits the insecurities of high school and surprisingly transforms. Meet a little-known historical woman in “Do You Know Jennie?” and hear the sweet strains of a children’s choir on “The Inch Worm.” Homebuilding and recycling, heartache and political violence are all part of this expansive mix.
Besides recording, writing songs and playing concerts for all ages, Zimmerman has practiced law for over a decade with a degree from Harvard Law School. She now has a private law and mediation practice with her husband, and they run a horse boarding stable near Salina.
She has been president of a Kansas environmental organization, and, with an earlier degree from Kansas State University in elementary education; she was a school teacher and had “a few other careers” before law school.
“I’ve been singing through it all,” Zimmerman said.
Learn more about Zimmerman by visiting her web site, www.annzimmerman.com.
This event is funded by Union State Bank, Home National Bank, Corner Bank, and the Arts at Cowley.