Dessa hopes “Sound the Bells” will break down some musical silos. And immediately we wanted to work with her again," said Hicks. I mean I think it is kind of part of the story and part of the charm too.". On Thursday, she'll play two "Sound the Bells" shows in the U.K. with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Even in this age where musicians regularly collaborate across different musical genres, the relationship between hip-hop singer Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra seems unusual. Dessa poses for a portrait in the MPR studios on Sept. 18, 2019, as she discusses the creation and release of her new album Sound the Bells recorded live with the Minnesota Orchestra. If you’re into the coolest limited-edition items ever, this is the tier for you. (Evan Frost | MPR News). "The orchestra loved playing with her. Ultimately, she thinks audiences will want it because it's good. "I think at some point you can't script the future of a project," she said. And now for the Deluxe Pre-Order. 'Sound the Bells': where Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra meet The live hip-hop album features a selection of Dessa's hip hop work with a group of vocalists and the full Minnesota Orchestra behind her. She is such an intelligent performer, and charismatic. Ultimately, she thinks audiences will want it because it's good. I was really shy about that in the beginning. Donate today. Dessa sings incredibly well and her lyrics are exceptional and emotional. ", That show revolved around the neurological processes of falling in, and out, of love, a topic Dessa explored in her album "Chime" and then her memoir "My Own Devices.". The crowd loved it, but Dessa was still nervous about how the finished recording would sound. 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Dessa traveled to South Africa as a blogger covering the 2018 Minnesota Orchestra tour for Classical Minnesota Public Radio. On Thursday, she'll play two “Sound the Bells” shows in the UK with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. "So I would acknowledge that. Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra – “Call Off Your Ghost” (Live). Listen Live Blog ›, Music for kids and their adults Q&A - Dessa on her book, "My Own Devices". Q&A - Dessa on traveling South Africa with the Minnesota Orchestra, Q&A - Dessa on how "Sound the Bells" was made, Q&A - Dessa on listening back to "Sound the Bells", Q&A - Dessa how to promote an orchestral album. Includes everything in the Deluxe Pre-Order, plus….. Good lord that signed score sheet is SO TIGHT. Dessa traveled to South Africa as a blogger covering the 2018 Minnesota Orchestra tour for Classical Minnesota Public Radio. I also wanted to tell you about this incredible new show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts created by my good friend and Mixed Blood Majority bandmate Joe Horton. Oh man oh man, welcome to an out-of-this-world edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Read on and grab yours right HERE. So pumped to have all this news out into the world! "The orchestra loved playing with her. I’ll be joined by my co-host Jeyca Maldonado, musical and main interview guest Greg Grease, and Megan Rae and Christin Crabtree from the Domestic Abuse Project. So tight. Both Dessa and Hicks commend the arrangements by Andy Thompson. OK! Now, after a series of concerts over two-and-a-half years, they are releasing a live album of their collaboration. Huge shouts to conductor Sarah Hicks for pulling that all together. "As I always joke to people, I think we are the first major orchestra to have an album drop that was produced by a hip hop label," said. The live hip-hop album features a selection of Dessa’s hip hop work with a group of vocalists and the full Minnesota Orchestra behind her. "I think there is a sort of unlikely friendship that's developed, you know," she said. (Euan Kerr | MPR News). Check it below and order yours right HERE. Sarah Hicks predicts the record will attract both rap and classical fans, as well as people in search of something new musically. Then she will tour the US with Chicago three piece band MONAKR and local string quartets. Oh and speaking of performances (SEGUE!!!! Check out “Call Off Your Ghost” below and please help us spread the word! Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together. And I was at the Kowalskis [grocery store] on Hennepin and Uptown. 'Sound the Bells': where Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra meet (main story audio), Q&A - Dessa on her book, 'My Own Devices', Q&A - Dessa on the relationship she developed with the Orchestra, Q&A - Dessa on traveling South Africa with the Minnesota Orchestra, Q&A - Dessa on how 'Sound the Bells' was made, Q&A - Dessa on listening back to 'Sound the Bells', Q&A - Dessa how to promote an orchestral album. And I was at the Kowalskis [grocery store] on Hennepin and Uptown. Today we’re unveiling the first single from the project, one of Dessa’s most famous songs, “Call Off Your Ghost.” This new live version was arranged by Andy Thompson, based off the original studio version produced by Paper Tiger, and then performed live by over 100 musicians on the legendary stage of Orchestra Hall. Have a wonderful week. Doors at 6pm and the show goes from 7-9pm for all you early risers out there. You make MPR News possible. She went to cover the tour for Classical MPR, and took the opportunity to talk to musicians about how they approach the pieces they play. All in all an incredible album, and definitely worth a listen. The lights of Orchestra Hall shine on the Minnesota Orchestra and Dessa in a 2017 rehearsal. Both Dessa and Hicks commend the arrangements by Andy Thompson. Make sure to grab your Sound the Bells pre-order and help us get the word out about the project. Even in this age where musicians regularly collaborate across different musical genres, the relationship between hip-hop singer Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra seems unusual. When it came time to plan the live recording they put together a program of Dessa's music, including her singles and a few new pieces. When it came time to plan the live recording they put together a program of Dessa's music, including her singles and a few new pieces. "I had arrived feeling a little bit self-conscious about the fact that I had a lot of learning to do," she said. That’s it for this post. And on top of all that, it also includes some of my infamous crystal collection sprinkled throughout the film. It helped that Dessa traveled with the orchestra to South Africa during its five-city tour last year. ), if you’re near the Twin Cities tonight don’t miss the second-ever live taping of the Tuesdays With Lazerbeak podcast at the Parkway Theater. (Evan Frost | MPR News). I mean I think it is kind of part of the story and part of the charm too.". Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra Announce ‘Sound the Bells’! All rights reserved. November 7, 2019. Grab your tickets HERE and I’ll see you tonight! The Minnesota Orchestra plays excellently, and the sound between the two fits together perfectly. ", That show revolved around the neurological processes of falling in, and out, of love, a topic Dessa explored in her album “Chime” and then her memoir "My Own Devices.". "Dessa was game," Hicks said, "And created this incredible evening that was immersive and had a narrative. "I think at some point you can't script the future of a project," she said. Vessel is a 30-minute, single-channel film installation that resides at the intersection of stop-motion animation, ambient sound, and poetic plot. LazerbeakSeptember 17, 2019 Oh man oh man, welcome to an out-of-this-world edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. "I had arrived feeling a little bit self-conscious about the fact that I had a lot of learning to do," she said. During a visit to the elementary school in the Elsies River township outside Cape Town the locally-based gospel group 29:11 encouraged Dessa to perform, much to the delight of the township residents. "I got rough mixes from Andy. She can however travel to other orchestras. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. She said while there are similarities in the ways they work, sometimes they look at somethings completely differently. And while there are no plans announced at present, Sarah Hicks says another Minnesota Orchestra collaboration with Dessa is a real possibility. "I don't read notated music. (Euan Kerr | MPR News 2018). Sarah Hicks, the principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall for the Minnesota Orchestra. She says the next challenge is getting it in front of audiences. ; !!! I’ll see some of you tonight at the Parkway, and if not, for sure next Tuesday right back here for another edition of TWL. The show will be on view until September 22nd and you can learn more about it right HERE. "So I would acknowledge that. Here’s a picture captured by Zoe Prinds-Flash of me mid-celebration directly after we captured the final notes of the last performance at Orchestra Hall this past March. COLLECTOR’S PRE-ORDER – $99.99 CD AND Double LP (limited to 300). © 2020 Minnesota Public Radio. "I don't read notated music. Dessa and Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Sarah Hicks rehearse in 2017. Sarah Hicks predicts the record will attract both rap and classical fans, as well as people in search of something new musically. That’s the incredible album art below courtesy of design master and original Doomtree founding member MK Larada. The recording features a selection of Dessa's hip hop work which she sang with a group of vocalists and the full Minnesota Orchestra behind her. "I got rough mixes from Andy. Dessa's label Doomtree is releasing the album, which is called "Sound the Bells." STANDARD PRE-ORDER – $12.99 CD / $24.99 Double LP. DELUXE PRE-ORDER – $35.99 CD / $47.99 Double LP. The orchestra began working with local bands a few years back but this time around they were looking to take it to a new level. "But a lot of pop musicians don't," and orchestra musicians know that, she added. Now after a series of concerts over two-and-a-half years they are releasing a live album of their collaboration. Huge shouts to Joe for this one, I know how hard he’s been working all year on it. It brings me supreme joy to finally announce the full details of Dessa and … Dessa and Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Sarah Hicks rehearse in 2017. Guest Writer Brendan Ho offers his take on the album. Q&A - Dessa on the relationship she developed with the Orchestra. Listen Live, Exploring the musical legacy of Prince and beyond "I think there is a sort of unlikely friendship that's developed, you know," she said. Should be magnificent. And I was so relieved that it was so beautiful that I started to like tear up walking the frozen food section," she laughed. Sarah Hicks, the principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall for the Minnesota Orchestra. "As you might imagine it's tricky to figure out exactly how to tour an orchestra record because I can't ask all of the Minnesota Orchestra to get in the van," Dessa said.

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