Bassist/composer/songstress Esperanza Spalding was a featured performer at last night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards. Accompanied by the Southern California’s Children’s Chorus, she sang a stirring rendition of “What a Wonderful World” as a tribute to great movie icons who have passed away over the past year, including Elizabeth Taylor, Sidney Lumet, and <b>Jane Russell, as well as “Bodyguard” superstar Whitney Houston and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The ceremony took place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California and was televised live on ABC TV.
Listen to her moving performance here: youtu.be/tKBAlSlQ5Ow
Esperanza also played bass for the majority of the ceremony with the orchestra, except during her solo appearance in the balcony to perform “Minor Swing” and to sing “What A Wonderful World”. Both songs are now available at iTunes here: bit.ly/zQy7zT
On March 20th, 2012, Esperanza will unleash her 4th studio album, Radio Music Society (Heads Up International / Concord Music Group), her most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet.
Eleven of the album’s twelve songs are accompanied by conceptual short films, which further express Esperanza’s inspiration and story behind each track. Shot in various locations including New York City; Barcelona, Spain; and Portland, Oregon; all films will be available to purchasers of Radio Music Society as a digital download or on a DVD in the deluxe version.
To pre-order Radio Music Society on Amazon click here:
The first short film, “Black Gold” featuring Algebra Blessett, premiered in early February, timed appropriately to kick-off Black History Month: youtu.be/Nppb01xhfe0
Keep your eyes peeled for additional Radio Music Society short film premieres!
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