Esperanza Spalding to write, record newest album live on Facebook
Three-time GRAMMY Awards winner Esperanza Spalding is gearing up for a mid-September album release for music that has not yet been written.
The Best New Artist honoree for 2010 has built an intriguing, never-before-attempted concept for her new record: She plans to write and record the entire project in one 3-day session, with every moment streamed directly to Facebook Live.
The singer/jazz bassist's forthcoming project will be aptly titled Exposure, and will be created entirely during a 77-hour broadcast window, starting on Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. PT. Spalding plans to tap some other musicians from her professional circle, including some "special guests" who will make appearances during the stream.
The viewing audience will be able to communicate in real time via the live stream's comment features, and Spalding voiced considerable excitement about the audience participation component of the experiment. In her press release announcing the album, Spalding comments, "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."
Pre-orders for the album are now available, but Spalding plans to cap the number of physical CDs up for purchase at 7,777. The preorders are expected to also come packaged with pieces of the notebook paper that Spalding will use to write her lyrics.
Spalding's project adds to an already extremely interesting year for the artist, which began in March 2016 with the release of her fairly universally acclaimed fifth album, D+Evolution, and has included, among other developments, the artist finding herself taking on the role of exhibit curator for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.
Time will tell if the experiences of the past 12 months will enter into Spalding's lyrical conscience for Exposure, but it is certainly guaranteed that the finished work will be a truly unique piece of radical self-expression, and undoubtedly one steeped in the artist's consummate music talent.