My Brightest Diamond | June 2018
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Last Updated Wed, December 6, 2017
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MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND
with Brooklyn Youth Chorus
This intimate evening concert, part of the 2018 Summer Season (running May-October) will feature Shara Nova, who performs under the experimental-pop moniker My Brightest Diamond. Her voice and arresting live performances have left audiences thunderstruck from the Sydney Opera House to Lincoln Center to the House of Blues and counts Bryce Dessner (The National), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), David Byrne as well as singer/bassist Meshell Ndege Ocello among friends and fans. They are just a few of the many who've fallen in love with Nova's mystical voice and mythic storytelling. On stage she evokes as much Martha Graham as Edith Piaf, and can be found collaborating with visual artists and filmmakers alike. Where worlds are colliding, there is Shara - a zeitgeist for a growing movement of experimental musicians eager to bend the borders of artistry and genre.
This performance will mark My Brightest Diamond's return to Los Angeles after 4 years to debut music from her new album, A Million and One (working title), slated for release in April 2018 (tbd). The record is about the role of the individual within the human collective. Lyrically she is exploring how humanity is growing increasingly fragmented, though we live in a uniquely critical time when it is necessary to band together to work for our survival. This performance will embrace her deeply personal / individual perspectives as well as widen the scope to look at our collective connections. This will be illustrated via an expanded visual approach incorporating projections, programmed to respond to the music with imagery that plays with the idea of replication – visuals of a marching band, swarm of dancers, large crowds at music or sporting events, and other layers to add to the multiplicity.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Brooklyn Youth Chorus is a collective of young singers and vocal ensembles re-envisioning choral music performance through artistic innovation, collaboration, and their distinctively beautiful sound. With an incredibly versatile range and repertoire, they are the go-to chorus for leading New York orchestras, popular recording artists, and arts presenters. The Brooklyn Youth Chorus will perform 3-4 songs with My Brightest Diamond at the Ford.
The arts foster a sense of community by bringing people together to learn and share while engaging the senses and inspiring audiences to think critically. We'll donate free tickets and bus transportation to local non-profits and youth organizations in an effort to increase access to arts and culture for people of all ages.
THE FORD THEATRES
The Ford Theatres bring people together for transformative arts experiences that inspire, empower and ignite cultural exchange. Recognizing that active participation by all communities in Los Angeles County’s cultural life is integral to building a society where all people have a voice, the Ford Theatres embraces the following guiding principles:
- The creative and cultural expression of all people of the region is of equal value
- Programming that illuminates the complex diversity of the region sparks curiosity and dialogue and open pathways to greater understanding of Los Angeles’ many communities
- Access to top-of-the-line amenities is crucial for under-resourced and growth ready artists and producers to relaize their work and raise their visibility
- Skill building and peer-to-peer learning opportunities for artists and producers strengthens the region’s artistic infrastructure
- Welcoming environments encourage participation, innovation and collaboration
BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS
Additionally, the Chorus has performed with major recording artists such as Barbra Streisand, Arcade Fire, Elton John, Grizzly Bear, and John Legend.
Touted by The New York Times as “a consistently bold organization that regularly commissions works from composers representing an unusually broad stylistic range,” the Chorus’s repertoire includes more than 100 original works and world premieres. Current productions include Silent Voices, which premiered at the BAM Opera House in May 2017; Aging Magician, which received its Off-Broadway premiere last spring; and Black Mountain Songs, which recetly toured Asheville, North Carolina.
Founded in 1992, Brooklyn Youth Chorus serves over 600 students in its core after- school and public school outreach programs. Classes take place at their Cobble Hill headquarters and neighborhood locations in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook, and Sunset Park, and Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn.
Founded in 1992, the Grammy-winning BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS is a collective of young singers and vocal ensembles reimagining choral music performance through artistic innovation, collaboration, and an incredibly versatile range and repertoire. The New York Times has hailed the Chorus as “remarkable young singers,” who perform “with confidence, energy and tenderness. The sheer beauty of their singing is captivating.” The Chorus’s multi-level training program draws students from across New York’s five boroughs and combines intensive voice and musicianship study with exceptional performance experiences.
Acclaimed for their distinctively beautiful sound, the Chorus has appeared with world- class orchestras and conductors, including the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, London and Atlanta symphonies, and Mariinsky Orchestra, and under the batons of Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Dudamel, Marin Alsop, James Levine, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and others.