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My Brightest Diamond Joins NY Guitar Festival Lineup

Posted on Friday, November 04, 2011

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My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden) will join the New York Guitar Festival at Merkin Concert Hall on Jan 17, 2012. The 2012 festival, “Silent Films/Live Guitars,” pairs performers with silent films by one of the greatest comic actor-directors in the history of cinema: Buster Keaton. The festival also features Lee Ranaldo, Kaki King, Dan Zanes, Gyan Riley, Keller Williams, Redhooker, and Califone.

Known for her mystical voice, arresting live performances and many collaborations with indie rock royalty (Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, David Byrne, The Decemberists and The National), Worden will perform an original score to Keaton’s 1923 comedy Balloonatic, which chronicles a young man’s misadventures with a hot air balloon and a young outdoorswoman.

“I’ve always had a romantic fascination with hot air balloons,” says Worden. “They exemplify freedom and lightness of being to me. Not long ago I was at the birthday party of a five year old. All of the guests were walking around with helium balloons tied to their wrists. One of the other five year olds walked up to me and told me that she had already had her birthday with balloons, but her balloon had blown away. Then she looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘One day I’m going to fly up in a hot air balloon and find it!’ And being at the age when the imagination might be killed, she waited, to see if I would believe her. Of course, I did believe her. And this made me wonder if I believed in my own dreams too.

“I am enchanted by Buster Keaton’s humor, darkness, lightness, romance and sorrow. This will be a delight to score and give me the opportunity to think about dreams and about believing in the impossible.”

Worden’s brand new album, “All Things Will Unwind,” draws inspiration from her new home, Detroit. More folk inspired than much of her recent work, the new album addresses the juxtaposition of life and death, class and race, pantries and politics – as heard through the mesmerizing lullaby of a new mother.

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