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5 Questions for Lara Downes / I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

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Pianist Lara Downes will release her next solo album, America Again, worldwide on Sono Luminus on October 28, 2016. The album's title is taken from Langston Hughes' poem, Let America Be America Again, written in 1938. America Again features twenty pieces selected by Downes that explore the elusive but essential American dream, written by composers including Duke Ellington, Lou Harrison, Morton Gould, Amy Beach, George Gershwin, Angélica Negrón, Dan Visconti, Leonard Bernstein, Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, Florence Price, Aaron Copland, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, George Walker, and more. Downes' essays the meaning of "America" in these turbulent times through the lens of her own mixed African American and Eastern European background and a breadth of American Music across multiple genres and styles. We spoke with her recently to find out more.