Mary Chapin Carpenter to Make LA Phil Debut, 2/8
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will make her Los Angeles Philharmonic and Walt Disney Concert Hall debuts on Saturday, February 8, 2014, in a one-night-only performance featuring songs from her first orchestral album, Songs From The Movie, released on January 14, 2014. Joining Carpenter are some of the collaborators from Songs From The Movie, including six-time Grammy-winner Vince Mendoza (Sting, Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Elvis Costello, Björk, Joni Mitchell), who will be conducting the LA Phil, Peter Erskine (Weather Report, John Abercrombie, Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, Joni Mitchell, Diana Krall) on drums, and Matt Rollings (Keith Urban, Lyle Lovett) on piano.
Songs From The Movie was recorded at Air Studios in London with some of London's finest orchestral musicians, and was arranged and conducted by Mendoza, and produced by Rollings, Mendoza and Carpenter. Featured on the album are new interpretations of ten beloved songs from Carpenter's repertoire including "Between Here and Gone" and "Come On Come On." Of the recording process, Carpenter comments, "Working with Vince Mendoza was incredibly inspiring. His arrangements gave these existing songs new meanings, new colors, new feelings, new destinations." Of her first experience recording with an orchestra, she notes, "Singing with an orchestra is very different from singing with a band. I had to learn to ride the enormous wave of sound an orchestra produces but not over-sing at the same time. Finding a quiet voice while still conveying strength was the way in."
The February 8 concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as 2014 debuts with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (January 24), the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (January 29), New York Philharmonic (February 28 and March 1), and Phoenix Symphony (April 4) mark the first concerts Carpenter has ever performed with orchestras.