Shara Nova, a classically trained vocalist and self-taught multi-instrumentalist who records as My Brightest Diamond, explores her curiosity for the ways music animates our daily lives and communal spaces. Her compositions are often collaborative projects outside the concert hall bringing together songwriting and social conversations through various media of film, dance, collective music making, and western classical traditions. Nova has composed works for the Cincinnati Symphony, yMusic, The Crossing, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Brooklyn Rider, Nadia Sirota, and Roomful of Teeth, among others. Many composers, songwriters, and filmmakers have sought out Nova’s voice, including David Lang, David Byrne, The Decemberists, Bryce Dessner, Steve Mackey, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Sufjan Stevens, and Matthew Barney. Her orchestrations have been performed by the Aarhus Symfoni, North Carolina Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Nova is a Kresge fellow, a Carolina Performing Arts Creative Futures fellow, a Knights Grant recipient, and a United States Artists fellow.
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