Self described punk and operatically trained Shara Worden, also known as My Brightest Diamond, will be landing in Sydney in an excitingly short amount of time for her date with Vivid LIVE. Warden took a phone call from Radio National that was aired over the weekend to chat about her personal and musical history, and how she has one foot in the classical world and the other in da club (and other places besides).
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The length and breadth of the brilliance of Nico Muhly is astounding. If you’ll let us begin with some serious name dropping, Muhly’s list of collaborations reads like a roll call of some of the most well respected musicians currently working in the world: Philip Glass, Antony and the Johnsons, Grizzly Bear, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bjork and Sigur Ros’ Jonsi have all created music with Muhly. But that’s just how Muhly rolls – in the heavyweight category of musical talent.
Imagine the brawny kind of musical brain needed to produce work played by orchestras, at operas and in ballets; that is respected in the church to inspired by the internet? Radio National picked Muhly’s brain last week via landline, and chatted to him about his art, and the piece of work that he created with Bryce Dessner and Sufjan Stevens that will soon be gracing the Sydney Opera House for Vivid LIVE next week. Take a listen: