Not many people can front a rock band, sing Górecki’s Third Symphony, lead a marching band processional down the streets of the Sundance film festival and perform in a baroque opera of their own composing—all in a month’s time. But Shara Nova can.
Nova began issuing recordings as My Brightest Diamond in 2006, following a protean period in the band AwRY and joining Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoisemakers live ensemble.
Multi-talented Nova marks a confident return to rock music with her fourth album This is My Hand, one informed by her mastery of composition and a new exploration into the electronic. Nova has collaborated with many artists including singing in Laurie Anderson’s 2008 show Homeland, delivering guest vocals on The Decemberists’ 2009 Hazards of Love album and subsequently joining them on tour, performing in Bryce and Aaron Dessner’s multi-media presentation “The Long Count,” singing and recording for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang and singing in Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Penelope” and “Unremembered.” Nova has also worked with David Byrne (on his concept musical “Here Lies Love”), Fat Boy Slim, Bon Iver and The Blind Boys of Alabama.