Downes reminds us just who we are, a nation of diverse voices and experiences.... On display here — with all its regret, hope and pride — is America.
— NPR Music

Lara Downes releases her solo album America Again worldwide on Sono Luminus. Inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem Let America Be America Again, this recording features music that explores the elusive but essential American dream, written by composers including Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Morton Gould, Scott Joplin, Angélica Negrón, Florence Price, David Sanford, Dan Visconti, and others.

This is music inspired by the power of our dreams - American music, from our symphony halls and our jazz clubs, from our hills and valleys and our sea to shining sea.

Today, as I write these words, we are living again in troubled times. For too many Americans, circumstance and skin color still keep the promise out of reach, the dream deferred. The hard-won rights and long-sought justice for which our parents and grandparents fought are too easily slipping away. The rifts and rivalries that divide us as a nation seem to run deeper than ever. But still, we dreamers keep dreaming our dream. This music is a tribute to the generations of Americans who dream the impossible: black and white, men and women, immigrants and pioneers. It tells the story of their journeys, their loves and longings, their hardships and their hopes. American music is made of everything we are, coming from so many different people and places, expressing so many different dreams.
— Lara Downes

5 Questions to Lara Downes (pianist)

Pianist Lara Downes ' latest solo recording project, America Again , assays 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.

Black Notes Matter: Lara Downes' America Again

The lovely cover photo for this album by San Francisco born pianist Lara Downes is reminiscent of any number of socially conscious folk/rock stars of the 60s and 70s. It would seem that this is no accident. This delightful album of short pieces by a wide variety of American composers takes its title from the...

America Again
By Lara Downes