Bursting onto the tired pop scene early in 2013 with an orchestral brightness and a gospel tranquility, Laura Mvula manages to question existence without falling into any sorry traps of self-loathing along the way. Sing to the Moon contained harmonies that splintered and broke into a million pieces, only to reform, mosaic-like a minute later. The award-winning musician carries herself with the air of someone operating on a different plane of existence, and as soon as she opens her mouth, the audience is transported there too. Versatile vocals, intricate compositions and introspective poetry—Laura Mvula is an artist in the truest sense.
Wed., April 9, 8 p.m., 2014