Dia is the project of composer and performer, Danielle Birrittella. Her debut EP, TINY OCEAN, was released with MANIMAL RECORDS and features songs produced by producer/drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, REM, Atoms for Peace) and Tim Carr (The Americans, HAIM). Raised on a Hindu ashram, she sang ceremonial ragas as a child, which led to training and performing as an opera singer throughout the U.S. and Europe. Along these travels, she began writing songs on a ukulele. Dia's lush baroque-pop sound incorporates vocal pedals and etherial vocal textures abstracted by organic percussion, electric guitars, ukulele, tiple, cellos, and drones. Her live performance of Covered In Light was recently featured on NPR's Tiny Desk Contest.
A native of New England, and a graduate of New York University (BA) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA), she has lived and worked as an artist in New York, France, and Italy. Performances have included Disney Hall's REDCAT - Los Angeles, La Musica Lirica - Italy, The Chautauqua Institute - New York, La Main d'Or - Paris, The Ludwig Foundation - Cuba and the LAX Festival. Upcoming performance projects include SAND/BOX, ALL THE PRETTY LITTLE HORSES, and SONNETS TO ORPHEUS - a song cycle featuring the scores of 12 composers who set Rainer Maria Rilke's sonnets to music for string quartet, voice and video projection.