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.

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND RELEASES MUSIC AND HUMAN BOY

September 8th, 2010 , by

Asthmatic Kitty is pleased to announce that Shara Worden (of My Brightest Diamond) has released two limited edition items. The first is a hand-numbered split 7” with the lovely and dynamic Dayna Kurtz. For the 7" each artist covers the other, Shara taking on Dayna’s “Postcards From Downtown”, and Dayna covering “Gone Away” from Bring Me The Workhorse. The 7” is on Kismet Records and you can stream the two tracks via their myspace page. You can purchase the two songs from itunes here and here.

The other release is a human boy. Constantine Jamesson Worden was born on 19 July 2010 at 10:58pm, healthy and happy to equally healthy and happy parents! Read all about it here. Fortunately this release is not for sale on itunes.

My Brightest Diamond will be performing in rock trio formation at some select shows in September and October. Click here for dates.

SHARA WORDEN WITH THE BLIND BOYS

June 10th, 2010 , by


Aired on Australia's sunrise.

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND MINI-TOUR

April 28th, 2010 , by

Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond has been everywhere lately. This will be true briefly in the future as well. In a quick tour of various points of contact in North America, MBD will be performing solo dates in the following cities: Keene New Hampshire, Montreal, Toronto, and Pontiac. On tour you will be able to pick up a new limited release 7" on which Dayna Kurtz plays a bare banjo version of "Gone Away", and in turn Shara covers Dayna's "Postcards from Downtown". You can hear clips of the songs and purchase the 7" here.

Then, in June, My Brightest Diamond will perform at the Vivid Live Festival

in Sydney, Australia, curated by Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson. On June 4, 2010 Shara sings in a collaborative show with Laurie Anderson entitled Slow Music Night at the Concert Hall in the Sydney Opera House. And on June 6, 2010 My Brightest Diamond will perform (as rock trio) at The Studio in the Sydney Opera House.
 
Details for all these dates are here.

SHARA WORDEN OF MBD AT BELL HOUSE, BROOKLYN TONIGHT

April 3rd, 2010 , by

Tonight (Saturday, April 3), at 7:30 PM at The Bell House in Brooklyn, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond will be performing a song cycle called Penelope by the composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, together with Signal – a versatile, do-anything chamber orchestra conducted by Brad Lubman.   
 
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.  This is the premiere performance of this new, expanded version of the piece.     
 
Details here.

SHARA WORDEN OF MBD GUEST-CURATES 92YTRIBECA

February 19th, 2010 , by


Shara, of My Brightest Diamond (and a remarkable array of other projects lately), is helping art and music space 92YTRIBECA to launch Woman's History Month on March 5th and 6th. The result is a sharp-eyed curation that also reflects Shara's career and personality, including art from Dena Verdesca, Amy Fritch, Sarah Small, Tim Fite, Deborah Johnson (who has worked as projectionist for Sufjan Stevens).

Shara, being rather musical herself, has also drafted a remarkable, collaborative lineup to complement the weekend. It does involve puppetry. Shara herself will provide a rare performance with yMusic.

Tickets are just $15 for each night and are going fast. You can purchase them, and see the full schedule and details here.

SHARA WORDEN OF MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND TO PLAY WITH CLOGS

February 15th, 2010 , by

You've heard of The National, which consists of brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner. Bryce Dessner is also a member Clogs, whose new album (The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton) features not just Sufjan Stevens but also Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond. And, we might add, quite prominently. 
 
To promote the new album Clogs will playing selections from the record this weekend in Minneapolis, and of course Shara will be performing as well. Tickets are $22 and shows are on Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th. Info here. And on Saturday at 5:30pm you can also catch a discussion of the musicians' art with the Brothers Dessner and Shara Worden at the Weisman Art Museum. That event is free but you should RSVP – details are here.
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