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    Watch: Devendra Banhart's "Für Hildegard von Bingen" Video Debuts via MOCAtv

    Devendra Banhart's music video for "Für Hildegard von Bingen," from his Nonesuch Records debut album, Mala, directed by Isaiah Seret and written by Seret and Banhart, premiered today on MOCAtv. Watch the video below.

    On "Für Hildegard von Bingen," Banhart casts a contemporary life for the 12th-century Catholic mystic and composer. “In my head there was this little movie, an alternative universe, I guess," he has said of the song. "Hildegard is sequestered in her cloister, and one day she gets a VHS cassette and it’s the prime era of the MTV VJ, and she just goes wild. ‘That’s it for me,’ she says. ‘That’s how I’m going to get my message across.’ So she escapes the cloister ... and becomes a VJ.”

    Starring Jodie Smith as Hildegard and Joel Virgil as the head priest, the video was shot by cinematographer Wyatt Troll, with production design by Adam Willis. The costumes are by Mindy Le Brock, the choreography was created by Jasmine Albuquerque and Kristen Leahy, and visual effects and post are by Andy Barrios for A52, with titles by OSK Studio. The film was edited by Damion Clayton at Rock Paper Scissors and produced by Prettybird, Candice Ouaknine, executive producer, and Anne Johnson, producer.

    MOCAtv, which launched in October 2012, is a new, online contemporary art video channel, and a digital extension of the education and exhibition program of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). The channel premiered Björk’s "Mutual Core," which earned a 2013 Webby Award.

    To pick up a copy of Mala, head to iTunes or the Nonesuch Store, where vinyl and CD orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. Devendra Banhart kicks off a three-week tour of Latin America in Mexico City on November 8; for details and tickets, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    Watch the "Für Hildegard von Bingen" video here:

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Devendra Banhart's music video for "Für Hildegard von Bingen," from his Nonesuch Records debut album, Mala, premiered today on MOCAtv, the video channel of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. It was directed by Isaiah Seret and written by Seret and Banhart. On "Für Hildegard von Bingen," Banhart casts a contemporary life for the 12th-century Catholic mystic and composer. Watch the video here.

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Devendra Banhart's music video for "Für Hildegard von Bingen," from his Nonesuch Records debut album, Mala, directed by Isaiah Seret and written by Seret and Banhart, premiered today on MOCAtv. Watch the video below.

On "Für Hildegard von Bingen," Banhart casts a contemporary life for the 12th-century Catholic mystic and composer. “In my head there was this little movie, an alternative universe, I guess," he has said of the song. "Hildegard is sequestered in her cloister, and one day she gets a VHS cassette and it’s the prime era of the MTV VJ, and she just goes wild. ‘That’s it for me,’ she says. ‘That’s how I’m going to get my message across.’ So she escapes the cloister ... and becomes a VJ.”

Starring Jodie Smith as Hildegard and Joel Virgil as the head priest, the video was shot by cinematographer Wyatt Troll, with production design by Adam Willis. The costumes are by Mindy Le Brock, the choreography was created by Jasmine Albuquerque and Kristen Leahy, and visual effects and post are by Andy Barrios for A52, with titles by OSK Studio. The film was edited by Damion Clayton at Rock Paper Scissors and produced by Prettybird, Candice Ouaknine, executive producer, and Anne Johnson, producer.

MOCAtv, which launched in October 2012, is a new, online contemporary art video channel, and a digital extension of the education and exhibition program of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). The channel premiered Björk’s "Mutual Core," which earned a 2013 Webby Award.

To pick up a copy of Mala, head to iTunes or the Nonesuch Store, where vinyl and CD orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. Devendra Banhart kicks off a three-week tour of Latin America in Mexico City on November 8; for details and tickets, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

Watch the "Für Hildegard von Bingen" video here:

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