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  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Conor Oberst's album Salutations, a companion piece to 2016's lauded Ruminations, is due March 17. Salutations comprises full-band versions of the ten songs from that solo album plus seven additional songs. It was recorded at the famed Shangri-la Studios in Malibu and Five Star Studios in Echo Park with The Felice Brothers and the legendary drummer Jim Keltner, who co-produced the album. Guest performers include Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, and Jonathan Wilson. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include instant downloads of "A Little Uncanny," "Tachycardia," and "Napalm."

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Conor Oberst begins a non-stop, three-week tour of Europe and the UK, featuring music from his 2016 solo album, Ruminations, in Munich tonight. From there, the tour heads to Stuttgart, Vienna, Zurich, Cologne, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Utrecht, Brussels, London, Manchester, and Edinburgh, culminating with a concert at Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin on February 5.

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    The Barbican Centre in London has announced its 2017–18 Classic Music concert season, in which pianist Jeremy Denk will be Artist in Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall. As such, Denk will lead four concerts throughout the season, with programs ranging from Mozart to Gershwin, from a collaboration with the Britten Sinfonia to a personal meditation on the Variation form. "Jeremy Denk isn't like other pianists," says the Barbican. "He's capable of spectacular musical gymnastics and the most eloquent insights—often in the same breath. In short ... he’s the ideal choice to be Milton Court’s Artist in Residence this season."

     

Artist Spotlight

  • Nonesuch Records releases the label debut from pianist Tigran Hamasyan, Mockroot, in January 2015. Although trained as a classical and jazz musician, Hamasyan draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, beatbox, poetry, and more. His second label release, An Ancient Observer, is due March 31, 2017.

  • Freedom Highway, Rhiannon Giddens' follow-up to her highly praised solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, includes nine original songs she wrote or co-wrote; a traditional tune; and two civil rights–era songs, "Birmingham Sunday" and Staple Singers' "Freedom Highway." Giddens co-produced the album with multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in his Louisiana studio, with the bulk of recording done in wooden rooms built prior to the Civil War, over an intense eight-day period....

  • Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst's Nonesuch Records debut album, Upside Down Mountain, was released in 2014. Oberst has been a recording artist for more than two decades, starting with raw, acoustic guitar-based bedroom tracks he cut as a young teenager and initially released on cassette. After his early Omaha-based band Commander Venus broke up, Oberst recast himself as Bright Eyes, an umbrella name for Oberst, producer-keyboardist Mike Mogis and multi-instrumentalist/arranger...

  • Mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, longtime admirers of each other's work, make their duo debut together with Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs. "Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau come from different worlds but the same species," says the New York Times. "Mr. Thile is a progressive-bluegrass pacesetter; Mr. Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years. Both are team players." The vinyl edition includes...

  • Mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, longtime admirers of each other's work, make their duo debut together with Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs. "Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau come from different worlds but the same species," says the New York Times. "Mr. Thile is a progressive-bluegrass pacesetter; Mr. Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years. Both are team players." The vinyl edition includes...

Tour

Wed, Jan 18
(All day)
Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CAUnited States
SFJAZZ Gala Honoring Zakir Hussain
Wed, Jan 18
Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ
San Francisco,CAUnited States
Wed, Jan 18
7:30 PM
Hart Theatre at the Egg
Albany, NYUnited States
w/Antonio Sánchez, Gwilym Simcock & Linda Oh
Wed, Jan 18
Hart Theatre at the Egg
Albany,NYUnited States
Wed, Jan 18
8:00 PM
church Neumünster
Zurich, Switzerland
Wed, Jan 18
church Neumünster
Zurich,Switzerland
Wed, Jan 18
8:00 PM
Theaterhaus
Stuttgart, Germany
Wed, Jan 18
Theaterhaus
Stuttgart,Germany
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