April 14th, 2011 , by John Beeler
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).
January 21st, 2011 , by John Beeler
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.
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.
November 29th, 2010 , by John Beeler
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.
October 25th, 2010 , by John Beeler
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.
September 8th, 2010 , by John Beeler
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.
April 28th, 2010 , by John Beeler
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
April 3rd, 2010 , by John Beeler
February 19th, 2010 , by John Beeler
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.
February 15th, 2010 , by John Beeler