My Brightest Diamond

Friday, June 21 @ 10:15pm
Rackham Stage

Crossing genres between pop and opera, Shara Nova stands at the forefront of both worlds. Theatrical, versatile, and danceable—crystalline vocalist, composer, and dancer Shara Nova calls her project My Brightest Diamond and mixes elements of opera, cabaret, baroque pop, chamber folk, and alt dance. Before rising among the rock avant garde as an artist auteur, and touring with Sufjan Stevens and The Decemberists, she was known as Shara Worden. She shares that she was raised in Ypsilanti by an accordion champion father and a mother who was the organist at the Pentecostal church where she sang choir. After Worden moved to Texas to formally study opera, her compositions became inspired by the intimate performances of Antony and the Johnsons and Nina Nastasia at venues such as Tonic, the Living Room, and the Knitting Factory. Matching the bold creativity of an artist like Bjork with the elegance of St. Vincent, My Brightest Diamond creates a neo-classical world, elevating the Detroit scene. She joins the festival in support of A Million and One, her latest release on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label.

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