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Backstage photos by Elias Tahan – from The Music of David Lynch Tribute Concert

By May 1, 2017 August 17th, 2017 2 Comments

My dear friend and collaborator Elias Tahan is an accomplished and sought after young photographer in Los Angeles who has graciously come to almost every one of my Los Angeles performances to take amazing backstage, behind-the-scenes and in- the- moment shots. Most of the shots I am sharing in this album are from his camera, except when noted.

As I shared in my Red Diamond video post “Swing with Me” Live from the Music of David Lynch Concert, this night was particularly fantastical and memorable. Recorded live on April 15, 2015, at the historic Ace Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, the concert was dubbed a “legendary tribute concert” which “has already attained near-mythical status” by NME.com. The sold out show benefitted the David Lynch Foundation and featured the performances from Duran Duran, Lykki Li, Karen O, Moby, The Flaming Lips, Sky Ferreira, Zola Jesus, Rebekah Del Rio, Donovan, Jim James and Angelo Badalamenti. Needless to say, I was thrilled to have been a part of it!

Here are some of my favorite images from that evening :

My gown was created especially for the red carpet portion of the evening by Nima Shiraz and my Crown was hand sculpted by Ka Amorastreya. So much love and care went into both pieces. I was over the moon about this ensemble.

To see more from designer Nima Shiraz, visit NimaShiraz.com. For further creations from visionary artist and sculptress Ka Amorastreya visit SerpentFeathers.com

The marquee of the gorgeous Ace Theater.

Impromptu photo shoot before the red carpet

 

 

With Elias!

With Brian Loucks, the man who introduced me to David Lynch, and his guest for the show.

Outside the theater with my dashing date, Joseph Skorman.

Our shoe game for the evening was understated and strong.

Red Carpet

 

 

And then we all went backstage so I could change outfits and get ready for the show…

My beloved friend Bara K, who did my hair and make up for the red carpet and performance.

Pretending to do my own lipstick for Elias to get the shot…

Affixing the Gilded Serpent head dress sculpted by Ka Amorastreya.

Feeling glamorous! Now a surprise visit with David backstage?!

 

To see the video that Elias got of this entire unexpected and sweet encounter, become a Red Diamond Member and [click here] 

 

 

Impromptu photo shoot before the show…and then…I’m on!

 

With legendary bass player Nathan East.

by Philip Cosores

chrysta bell by Michael Chavez

Photo by Michael Chavez

Check out my live performance of “Swing with Me” during the tribute concert [Click Here]

 

Post performance time with friends and family

With my beautiful Momma

with guitarist Michael Thompson

Ridiculously good looking couple Elisha and Nathan Sutton.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

With Love from your Texas Siren,

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Ryan Lohmeyer says:

    Wish I could have been there.

    I saw the picture with you and your Momma. Am I wrong or is that the Bella Sun you sang with on In My Life and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot?

    There’s a special place in my heart for the old hymns….

    • Chrysta Bell says:

      Yes Ryan! Bella Sun is my little project with Momma Sunshine – my beautiful, bright and talented mother, Sunny Markham. She is such a light in my life. I am so happy you discovered that music. I should do a post for Bella Sun!

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