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My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova sings ‘We’re as paper’ from ‘The Blue Hour’ : #NowPlaying : NPR


From ‘The Blue Hour,’ a tune cycle composed by 5 girls



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Music tasks that function a number of composers typically succumb to the too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen syndrome and might sound disjointed at finest, however The Blue Hour is a shocking exception. The 75-minute tune cycle flows seamlessly, due to a lush, built-in composing fashion adhered to by Caroline Shaw, Angélica Negrón, Rachel Grimes, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Shara Nova, who sings all the cycle. The music is gorgeously realized by A Far Cry, the Boston-based chamber orchestra.

The texts are sourced from Carolyn Forché’s expansive poem “On Earth” (from her e book The Blue Hour), tracing a girl’s journey from life via dying, by way of a storehouse of evocative photos and associations in her thoughts.

Nova, finest identified for her work as My Brightest Diamond, offers what could also be her best vocal efficiency but. With its flickering vibrato, the luminous voice expresses an inside vulnerability, however it additionally soars to operatic heights. Her tune “We’re as paper” is propelled by plucked strings and sweeping bow strokes, shifting with the dreamlike language. The phrases converse of “fragmentary mild” and the “moist paper of our flesh,” ephemeral photos that finish with a query: “Why do I appear not alive?”

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