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Esperanza Spalding unveiled the first piece from her ambitious and wholly original new project '12 Little
Spells.' Each day she will release a new spell - in the form of a new piece of music with accompanying video - at 12:12PM Eastern Time until all twelve have been revealed on October 18. The spells will post each day to her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Listen to the first song - "12 Little
Spells" - here:
Then on October 19, '12 Little
Spells' will be available on all DSPs and a pre-order will launch.
Spells' is an exploration of the healing powers of art, and each spell was inspired by a part of the body. These works were conjured by Esperanza at a castle in Italy last month and recorded in sessions completed just twelve days ago in Brooklyn. The recordings features Spalding on vocals, Matthew Stevens
on guitar, Justin Tyson on drums, Aaron
Burnett on saxophone, Burniss Travis
on bass, Corey King on background vocals, and Rob Schwimmer on continuum.
In the coming days, Esperanza will also reveal details of a series of 12 pop-up shows. Each performance will focus on a single spell and feature an explosion of music and words, color and movement. No two events will be the same. The performances will be recorded for a live concert film that will be released next year. Exclusive limited music and items will be available only at these shows, with a full deluxe package to be released by Concord Records in 2019.
Collaborating with Esperanza on this project are visual artist Carmen Daneshmandi, opera/theater director Elkhanah Pulitzer, wardrobe specialist Diego
Montoya, and video artist Ethan Samuel Young. Each has created key elements of '12 Little
Spells' without hearing any music, having only the project title and spell names as inspiration.
Esperanza recently talked about '12 Little
Spells' with Vanity Fair:
Spells' Tracklist and Corresponding Body Parts
Spells -- Thoracic Spine
To Tide Us Over -- Mouth
Til The Next Full -- Eyes
Thang -- Hips
Touch in Mine -- Fingers
The Longing Deep Down -- Abdominal Portal
You Have To Dance -- Feet
Now Know -- Solar Portal
All Limbs Are -- Arms
Readying to Rise -- Legs
Dancing The Animal -- Mind/Brain