Not many people can front a rock band, sing Górecki’s Third Symphony, lead a marching band processional down the streets of the Sundance film festival and perform in a baroque opera of their own composing all in a month’s time. But Shara Nova can.

Her multi faceted career as My Brightest Diamond, which began with an acclaimed independent rock record, has reflected her journey into the world of performing arts.

Born in diamond rich Arkansas and then raised all around the country, Nova came from a musical family of traveling evangelists. She went on to study operatic voice and then classical composition after a move to New York City. Shara began issuing recordings as My Brightest Diamond in 2006, following a protean period in the band AwRY, and joined Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoisemakers live ensemble. Asthmatic Kitty Records released her debut album, Bring Me The Workhorse in 2006, A Thousand Sharks’ Teeth in 2008, All Things Will Unwind in 2011, which featured songs written for the chamber ensemble yMusic, and This is My Hand in 2014.

In 2018, Nova will release A Million and One, co-produced with The Twilite Tone (Gorillaz, Kanye West, Common, Kendrick Lamar). The album features contributions from Earl Harvin (Air, Tindersticks, The The) and Vincent Taurelle (Air, Tony Allen, Nicolas Godin, Françoise Hardy).

ZOLA is a singer-songwriter, breath of fresh air, California native.

After years as a backing vocalist and keyboardist sitting in with bands like Ezra Furman, Curls (Christopher Owens), and The Family Crest, Debbie Neigher has claimed her place in the spotlight with Lapel, a new solo project from the San Francisco music scene veteran. By turns playful and personal, introspective and danceable, Lapel’s debut record Periphery -- co-produced by Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Tune-Yards) and Neigher herself -- marks a new sound for the artist, trading piano-based indie pop for an immersive electronic sound, with contributions from members of Geographer and Astronauts, Etc.. Neigher named the project after a quote by the Canadian activist Margaret Trudeau; when asked about her marriage to the former Prime Minister, Trudeau replied, "I want to be more than a rose in my husband's lapel.” In other words: Lapel is a new beginning, but it’s been a long time coming. “It’s a proclamation,” says Neigher, “against allowing yourself to be defined or diminished by anyone else.”


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