Featured video: “Favourite Faded Fantasy”
Damien Rice delivered an unforgettable performance at the Greenpoint Loft for his episode of Live from the Artists Den. The Irish singer-songwriter concentrated largely on material from his acclaimed new album, My Favorite Faded Fantasy. While the concert—in an intimate, in-the-round setting on the top floor of a 19th century warehouse on the Brooklyn waterfront, with a dazzling view of the Manhattan skyline—was mostly played solo, Rice thrilled the fans with a full choir backing him on “Trusty and True.”
Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice first achieved international success with the release of his debut album O in 2002. The album spent 10 weeks on the Billboard 200 charts and 80 weeks in the UK Top 75 album chart, and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. In 2004, Rice was nominated for both a BRIT Award and an NME Award, while in the United States, he became the first UK-signed artist ever to be awarded the prestigious Shortlist Music Prize. His sophomore record, 9, was equally critically acclaimed. In 2007, Damien was nominated for Best International Male at the BRIT Awards and also played a sold-out arena tour. His first collection of new material in eight years, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, was released globally on November 10, 2014. Rice has also made notable contributions to civil rights campaigns worldwide, including the Freedom Campaign and Campaign for Burma.
Located in the vibrant Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, the Greenpoint Loft was originally built in the 1890s as part of the Greenpoint Terminal Market, a historic complex of warehouses on the Brooklyn waterfront. Once home to the largest rope making factory in the United States – the American Manufacturing Company – the complex covered 14 acres and six city blocks and, at its peak, employed over 2,500 workers. However, by the end of the 20th century, the Greenpoint Terminal Market had been largely abandoned and became known as “the Forgotten City.” After sitting vacant for several decades, the warehouse at 67 West Street was recently restored and revived.
Photography courtesy of Adam Macchia