Esperanza Spalding Live Streaming 77 Hours of Recording Session For New Album
Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:49:55
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Composer, bassist, vocalist, and now performance artist Esperanza Spalding begins a novel creative process today, live streaming the entire studio session for her newest album. The four-time Grammy winner's highly anticipated follow up effort to 2016's Emily's D+Evolution will also feature Robert Glasper on keyboard, Lalah Hathaway's singing, and Andrew Bird on the violin.
The musicians entered a Los Angeles recording studio at 9 am this morning, September 13, with absolutely nothing written or prepared in advance. The planned 77 hour live stream is all the time they've allowed themselves to write, perform, record, and produce the album, and this limitation also includes any down time for rest, discussion, eating, or drinking during the allotted period. Throughout the journey, Spalding will also be able to respond to fans' comments and questions as they witness in real time not only the technical aspects of writing and recording music, but also the rarer moments of inspiration, collaboration, and focus that go into any album.
The effort will be titled Exposure and released by Concord Music Group in a limited run of just 7,777 CDs. It is available on her website for pre-order now. Each CD will be signed by the artist, and will also include a sheet of Spalding's handwritten notes used throughout the recording and producing process.
In a statement on her website, Spalding says, "I foresee that creating before a live audience will add excitement and extra inspiration energy. Knowing someone is watching and listening to what you're making seems to conjure up a sort of "can't fail" energy, the necessity to keep going because it's live draws up another depth of creative facility that can't be reached when you know you can try again tomorrow."
Live stream the entire process from start to finish on Facebook.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff