About this Performance
Dirty Projectors have inspired countless bands with their colorful, knotty guitar work, R&B production elements, and multilayered vocal harmonies—not to mention their willingness to try anything, whether releasing five EPs in a year or covering Black Flag’s hardcore album Rise Above from memory. And while records like Bitte Orca and Swing Lo, Magellan are certifiable classics, the musical and emotional immediacy of what they do shines brightest in a live setting. It’s something Pitchfork noted in their review of the band’s 2019 live album Sing the Melody, saying that Dirty Projectors’ “are at their friendliest and most engaging when they strip Longstreth’s compositions down, tapping into the loose, raw energy that comes with playing live.”
For the first time in four years, Dirty Projectors take to the stage, performing a set of songs that takes in the scope, complexity, and sheer joy of their entire discography. They’ll also be joined by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the U.S. premiere of Song of the Earth, a song cycle for orchestra and voices written by Dirty Projectors leader David Longstreth. A kaleidoscopic work that takes inspiration from Gustav Mahler’s 1908 piece Das Lied Von Der Erde (The Song of the Earth) as much as Brian Wilson’s pocket symphonies, Song of the Earth explores the cyclical character of life and death, nature, and the transience of all things.
Kicking off the night is Mount Eerie, the project of singer and songwriter Phil Elverum, whose deeply felt, bracingly honest songs have made him a beloved and vital artist in his own right. He'll perform a very special solo set of songs from throughout his career as both Mount Eerie and The Microphones.
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