Eleri Ward's Acoustic Sondheim: Live from Brooklyn, the final entry in the singer-songwriter's trilogy of folk guitar explorations of Stephen Sondheim's work, will be released in digital and streaming formats June 2.
Following Keep A Tender Distance and A Perfect Little Death, Live from Brooklyn features selections from both recordings: “Children Will Listen” and “Send in the Clowns” from Perfect Little Death and "Move On" from Tender Distance,as well as Ward's first recordings of “Giants in the Sky” and “Good Thing Going” and the Into the Woods medley that’s been a staple of her concert repertoire. Bobby Conte (Company, A Bronx Tale) also joins Ward for a duet.
The new collection is produced by Allen Tate and Ward.
“This live album Acoustic Sondheim feels like a perfect bow to tie my time making these Sondheim arrangements,” says Ward. “Since I perform most of these arrangements differently when I am singing in concert, this seemed like the perfect way to honor the shows I've been playing and my albums, while also creating something new. I use the dynamics of my voice more in concert, as well as strum more on the guitar. So my live versions take on a different personality, versus listening to the finely curated sound of the albums. Lots of folks have requested I put out the live versions of these songs, so that’s just a bonus reason to do it.”
“I recorded the album the day after Sondheim's birthday in honor of him,” she continues. “So just knowing that I created my own little Sondheim birthday concert is very special to me. And to be able to release it the day Keep A Tender Distance will be available on vinyl and two years after A Perfect Little Death was released is such a wonderful way to put out something that encapsulates everything I’ve done surrounding this music over.”
Live from Brooklyn will be released the same day that its predecessor, Keep A Tender Distance, will be available on vinyl. Ward will celebrate both events with a concert at Joe’s Pub June 5.