Since October 7th, Esperanza has been unveiling her innovative new project ‘12 Little Spells’ (Concord Records) by releasing a new spell – in the form of a new song with video – every day at 12:12pm on her Facebook, Instagram, and website. Yesterday she revealed the final song, and today she is making all 12 tracks available on all streaming and digital platforms: https://found.ee/Esperanza_12LittleSpells
A pre-order was also launched on Esperanza’s site. Signed exclusives, including limited edition marbled color double vinyl, CD with bonus poster, and more available at: https://found.ee/Esperanza_StoreHome
In total, the songs and corresponding videos have already been viewed well over 1 million times on Facebook and Instagram. Esperanza has been experimenting with Facebook’s new Premieres product for these videos each day, a new way for artists to debut videos on Facebook so fans can experience them together for the first time and interact in real time.
Esperanza’s unique approach continues today with a Facebook Live event she is hosting at 3:30PM Eastern Time. Via her Facebook page she will participate in a Q&A to discuss her inspirations and how the album was made, in addition to answering questions from the comments section. This will be an interactive companion piece to the album on the day of its release, a living liner notes. https://found.ee/Esperanza_FB
Earlier this week Spalding also announced a corresponding ’12 Little Spells’ tour that includes 12 shows from November to December. All dates below, tickets are on sale now.
“Magic…pure imagination and also incredibly tactile” – NPR Music
"Esperanza Spalding is determined to turn her music into an event...['12 Little Spells'] furthers her genre transcendent vision" - Rolling Stone
“Dazzling” – Essence
“Appealing doses of genre-defying experimental pop” - Brooklyn Vegan
“Inexhaustibly creative” – WBGO
‘12 Little Spells’ came to Esperanza while exploring different ways to create, experience, and process music; particularly the healing powers of art and how music and the body interact. Each song is inspired by a different body part.
‘12 Little Spells’ was composed by Esperanza Spalding. It 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. Spalding also worked with visual artist Carmen Daneshmandi, opera/theater director Elkhanah Pulitzer, wardrobe specialist Diego Montoya, choreographer Chanel DaSilva and video artist Ethan Samuel Young to create elements of the album and live show.
Esperanza’s ’12 Little Spells’ tour finds her further exploring theatrical staging in a concert setting. The tour will also be filmed for a live concert film to be released next year. Tickets and more information can be found at: www.esperanzaspalding.com
Nov. 19 -- San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Nov. 20 -- Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
Nov. 27 -- Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas
Nov. 28 -- Houston, TX @ Hobby Center For the Performing Arts - Zilkha Hall
Nov. 29 -- Houston, TX @ Hobby Center For the Performing Arts - Zilkha Hall
Dec. 1 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Dec. 3 – Montreal, QC @ Place Des Arts
Dec. 5 -- Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
Dec. 7 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
Dec. 8 -- Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
Dec. 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Dec. 12 – New York, NY @ The Town Hall