NEW MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND ON LA BLOGTHEQUE

October 10th, 2011 , by

One of our absolute favorite music websites ever in the history of internetting, La Blogothèque, did what they do best and posted some amazing footage of My Brightest Diamond. No one does this better than La Blogothèque! You can view one of the videos above, or all three here (Version française).

Note from those of us at AK that are parents: we dare you to watch the above version of “I Have Never Loved Someone” without breaking a tear.
 
Unwind is out on October 18th. Preorder on iTunes here, or the CD/LP here).

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MBD?S UNWIND STREAMING ON NPR?S FIRST LISTEN

October 10th, 2011 , by


The third album from My Brightest Diamond, All Things Will Unwind, comes out in the US next Tuesday the 18th (and is already out in the EU). But NPR is graciously hosting a stream of the entire album right here.

If you’re hankering for something more visual, you can watch La Blogothèque’s lovely videos right here, or some mini-documentaries directed by Murat Eyuboglu over here.

You can preorder All Things Will Unwind on iTunes here, or CD/LP here.

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MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND TO TOUR THE EU

October 6th, 2011 , by


Photo by Denny Renshaw

We’re on the edge of our seats over here at AK HQ because next Monday we’ll be releasing All Things Will Unwind in the European Union (on Tuesday, October 18th for the US). It will be quite a treat!

Here’s another treat for you all across the pond: you can expect a My Brightest Diamond show in your neighborhood in November! MBD will start in London with a full ensemble, then travel to Rome, Milan, Zurich, Berlin, Cologne, Ekko, Leuven, and close out in Paris (where else!). Details on that tour are here.

If you’d like to know more about the forthcoming Unwind album, you can do no better than watching these videos directed by Murat Eyuboglu right here. You can preorder the album on iTunes by clicking here, or preorder the CD/LP over here.

UNWIND VISUALS BY MURAT EYUBOGLU

September 26th, 2011 , by

Directed by long-time My Brightest Diamond collaborator and friend Murat Eyuboglu, this video is the first of series of behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the forthcoming All Things Will Unwind

You can preorder a CD or LP by clicking here, or from iTunes right here.

LISTEN, WATCH MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND?S BE BRAVE

September 20th, 2011 , by

 We have the great pleasure of releasing All Things Will Unwind, the third album from My Brightest Diamond, on October 18th (October 10th in the EU). Though you can now preorder the album on iTunes or here, it’s a ways off though, so MBD was kind of enough to send up this docu-video of “Be Brave.”

Directed by longtime MBD collaborator Murat Eyuboglu, the video captures the studio recording of the song with a bit of performance from frontwoman Shara Worden and dancer Jessica Dessner. Emilliner created the hats, Lake Simons made the mask, and Noelle Marinelli did makeup. Our own DM Stith provides background vocals to the song and appears in the video. Read more info about the song here.

You can watch the video above, or you can buy the new single of the song right here on iTunes for $1.99. There’s a Prefuse 73 remix for free as well, just below.

My Brightest Diamond, “Be Brave (Prefuse 73 Remix)” by My Brightest Diamond

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN THE FALL

July 12th, 2011 , by

Cover art by Photographer: Denny Renshaw; Hairsculpture: Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter; Design: DM Stith; Hat by Emillner

On October 18th in the US (October 10th in the EU), we will have the very, very lucky honor of releasing All Things Will Unwind, the third album from My Brightest Diamond.

Things have changed for MBD frontwoman Shara Worden since 2008’s A Thousand Shark’s Teeth; a move from Brooklyn to Detroit, a new baby boy, a new backyard garden, and a whirlwind of brilliant collaborations with the likes of the Blind Boys of Alabama, The Decemberists, David Byrne, and many others. Likewise, this third album represents a slight tact change from the more direct guitar-rock underpinnings of Shark’s Teeth and her 2006 Workhorse. Less guitar strings, more, well, chamber strings.

But some things have stayed the same, too: Shara’s relentless pursuit of pure, good sound, her rebellion against “genre,” her remarkable understanding of tempo and the way it bends, and her fearless song-writing. We think All Things Will Unwind is not just a third album, it’s a picture taken in time of an artist maturing; someone that is deeply considering joy and pain, beauty and horror, and then singing about it.

Read more info here. You can also hear and download the first single, “Reaching Through to the Other Side,” below:

“Reaching Through to the Other Side” All Things Will Unwind (Download)

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND IN PROJECT FROM MURAT EYUBOGLU

April 14th, 2011 , by

Shara Worden, of our own My Brightest Diamond, is appearing in many places; most recently on a recent release from multi-media artist Murat Eyuboglu entitled Letters to Distant Cities. With the project, Murat explores the poetry of Turkish-American poet Mustafa Ziyala, and brings his work into synchronicity with music, photography, video, and illustration, using the talents of Shara, as well as Clare Mulduar (of Clare & the Reasons) and Rob Moose of yMusic. The album, released on March 29th, includes 24 photographic illustrations of each one of Ziyala's poems, several videos, and the CD, which itself includes readings of the poetry by Shara (in English).

You can view the video above, and then purchase the album from New Amsterdam Records here.

 

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND WITH NEW MUSIC IN NYC, OTHER PLACES TOO

January 21st, 2011 , by


My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden) is touring, albeit briefly but in some really terrific venues. She’ll open the tour in the Allen Room in New York City at the  Time Warner Building on Columbus Circle on January 27th as part of the Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. Chamber ensemble yMusic will be playing alongside, which basically means this is a not-to-miss show. Buy tickets for it here. She’ll then be playing in trio or solo form in Ithaca, Rochester, Cleveland, Holland (MI), Chicago, Madison, and Minneapolis. Details here

If you do go, you may hear lots of brand new material. You can sample some of it in the video above courtesy of Studio 360, or in Kurt Anderson’s interview with her. Click here to listen.

Even if you can’t get to one of the shows, you will probably hear her somewhere. For example, she’s on Owen Pallet’s recent, free EP (downloadable here). She recorded “I’m on Fire,” a duet with Stateless’ Chris James for their new album, Matilda. Colin Stetson’s forthcoming album features her on ?Lord I Just Can?t Keep From Crying Sometimes? and ?Fear of the Unknown and the Blazing Sun.” Finally, Murat Eyuboglu’s forthcoming multimedia release, Letters to Distant Cities, features poetry recitation and a song by Shara. So. Shara, everywhere. That’s a good, great thing.

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND COLLABORATING

November 29th, 2010 , by

We are very pleased to announce that Shara has been asked to give a concert as a part of the American Songbook series presented by Lincoln Center. This performance will take place on Thursday, January 27th in The Allen Room. She is frantically writing new music, which will be premiered at this special show. Joining her onstage will be a drummer, bassist and yMusic (violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet & trumpet).

Additionally, Shara will be presenting a joint-bill with Sarah Kirkland Snider and yMusic at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis on May 4 & 5. Shara will perform "Letters from Charles" (a song cycle she composed for herself and yMusic, based on letters from her Grandfather to her Grandmother). She will also sing Ms. Snider's "Penelope." Above is a video for music from that project shot by Murat Eyuboglu.

In other news, Shara was commissioned by Music at the Anthology, Inc. (MATA) to compose a piece of music for voice and piano, which premiered by Gabriel Kahane on November 17th as part of the MATA Interval Series Concert at Issue Project Room.

SHARA AND SARAH TEAM UP FOR PENELOPE

October 25th, 2010 , by

Tomorrow, October 26th marks the release of Penelope. The album is a 60-minute song cycle composed by Sarah Kirkland Snider for Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond and the orchestral group, Signal, based on texts by playwright Ellen McLaughlin, derived from the music theater piece of the same name she and Snider wrote together in 2007-2008.

Penelope has appeared in various guises over the past two years: it originated as a music for a theater piece and then debuted as a song cycle with Signal last May. When Shara came aboard the project, Sarah revised and expanded the songs yet again, tailoring them to Shara's unique talents and arranging them for Sarah's dream cast of characters: a 25-person orchestra of strings, harp, percussion, drums, electric guitar and bass, and electronics (with sound design by Michael Hammond). The cycle grew from 40 to 60 minutes. It is yet another example of how brightly our diamond can shine!

Listen to one of the album's tracks here.

Order the incredible rich and captivating album here.

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