DiMenna Center for Classical Music to Screen Essie Jain's Film Album ALL BECAME GOLDEN, 2/28
On February 28 at 8:00 PM, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music will host the premiere screening of Essie Jain's film album, All Became Golden, a visual 5.1 surround-sound version of the album conceived by Jain and director Natalie Johns with music arranged by Nico Muhly. The project was recorded at The DiMenna Center in February 2012. Together with its first public screening, Jain will give a live performance with members of Orchestra of St. Luke's, followed by a conversation with the artist and filmmaker.
The album All Became Golden was a triumphant return for the British singer-songwriter Jain, whose spare and elegant songs are invigorated by Muhly's tailored arrangements and the backing of a classical orchestra. Muhly, who has collaborated with Björk, Grizzly Bear, and Antony and the Johnsons, and whose compositions have been performed by the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, assembled a group of musicians from New York's modern-classical scene to perform on the record. The film documents the group as they convene to simultaneously rehearse, perform, and record the album, allowing a rare glimpse of the joy, risk, generosity, and blind faith inherent in acts of creative collaboration.
Recorded before an audience of friends and family over two days at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City, the premise of All Became Golden required a certain amount of bravery on the part of participants. "I really liked the idea of doing it live, because you can see there's no trick to making music like that happen," says Muhly. "In a lot of cases with orchestrated, non-classical music, you get the sense that there's a little bit of synth, a little bit of reinforcement, but with this project it was clear- because it was all videotaped-that it was going to be really honest." All Became Golden was recorded by Grammy-winning recording engineer Justin Guip of Levon Helm Studios and Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated music engineer Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones) who mixed the entire album to picture.
Jain is thrilled to return to the same space her album/film was recorded for this premiere screening and special performance with Orchestra of St. Luke's. "The moment I first walked into The DiMenna Center, I knew it was a perfect fit for our project. The space was modern and magnificent, yet warm and welcoming, and set the stage to bring our album to life," she explains. "With its vivid acoustics and matching beauty, we all feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to record and film there. It is absolutely one of kind."
Essie Jain: Film Screening & Performance
Friday, February 28, 2014
8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:30 PM)
THE DIMENNA CENTER FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC
Mary Flagler Cary Hall
Essie Jain, singer
Halldór Smárason, piano
Patrick Glynn, guitar
Krista Bennion Feeney, violin
Daire FitzGerald, cello
John Feeney, double bass
Tickets: $25, general admission. To purchase, visit OSLmusic.org or call 212.594.6100.
· Watch the film album's trailer: http://vimeo.com/69123269
· Download or stream the film album: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/allbecamegolden/68883247
· Purchase the album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-became-golden/id662401729
· Stream the album on Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/34EZAxBhHhMDINvZndgKi7
About Essie Jain: Born into a musical family, singer-songwriter Essie Jain grew up in London, where her childhood featured classical piano and cello instruction, as well as training in operatic singing. By the time she moved out of her teenage years, Essie had suspended her musical education. "I had to cut music out my life for bit to hit the re-start button," she says. "I think everyone in my family was pretty upset with me at that point, but I always knew music would end up back in my life, and it did.