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  • Devendra Banhart curated a series of children's workshops titled Imaginary Universes, which opened at Fondazione Prada's Accademia dei bambini in Milan in May. The inaugural workshops, titled "The Astonishing Adventures of a Celestial Archaeologist." included a short film animated by Matteo Toffalori and set to the song "Celebration," from his album Ape in Pink Marble. You can now watch it here.

  • Devendra Banhart begins a seven-city tour of Asia with a performance at the Guro Arts Valley Theatre in Seoul tonight. The tour, a series of duo performances with his longtime collaborator Noah Georgeson, continues with concerts in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, and Kyoto. 

  • About This Album

    Nonesuch Records releases Devendra Banhart's new album, Ape in Pink Marble, on September 23, 2016. The album, Banhart's ninth, was written, produced, arranged, and recorded in Los Angeles by the singer/songwriter/guitarist with his longtime collaborators Noah Georgeson and Josiah Steinbrick, both of whom also worked on Banhart's most recent album, Mala (2013). 

    Devendra Banhart was born in Houston, Texas, and moved with his mother to her native Caracas, Venezuela, when his parents separated. The family relocated to Los Angeles during his teenage years; it was there that he learned to speak English, skateboard, and play music. Banhart first began to perform in public while attending the San Francisco Art Institute. He has since lived in New York City, Paris, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, where he currently resides.

    Banhart first attracted international notice with his 2002 debut album, Oh Me Oh My… The Way the Day Goes By the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs of the Christmas Spirit—a collection of recordings he had made for himself. Subsequent albums include Rejoicing in the Hands (2004), Niño Rojo (2004), Cripple Crow (2005), and Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (2007), and What Will We Be (2009). Mala, his Nonesuch debut, was described by Q as a "career-best" and by the Wall Street Journal as his "most concise, hushed and winsome effort to date." Banhart has collaborated with fellow musicians including Anohni (formerly known as Antony) and the Johnsons, Beck, Vashti Bunyan, Os Mutantes, and Vetiver. He also has performed with both Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, and was part of a David Byrne–curated concert at Carnegie Hall.

    An accomplished visual artist, Banhart's distinctive, minutely inked, often enigmatic drawings have appeared in galleries all over the world, including the Art Basel Contemporary Art Fair in Miami; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels; and Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2015 Prestel published I Left My Noodle on Ramen Street, a collection of his drawings, paintings, and mixed media pieces. He has created the cover art for most of his records, and in 2010 his artwork and packaging for What Will We Be was nominated for a Grammy.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Noah Georgeson, bass (1, 10), synthesizers (1, 3, 4, 5, 7–11), programming (2), koto (3, 5, 9, 10), vocals (3), prepared guitar (4), drums (10), backing vocal (12)
    Greg Rogove, drums (1, 5, 7, 8, 11–13), percussion (2)
    Devendra Banhart, guitars (1–8, 11–13), field recording (1), synthesizer (2, 5, 7, 10), percussion (3), koto (10)
    Josiah Steinbrick, synthesizers (2–5, 7–10, 12, 13), bass (2, 3, 5–9, 11–13), marimba (2, 3), guitar (3–6), drums (4, 6), Mellotron (4, 6, 13), electric piano (6–8), percussion (6), koto (9, 10), backing vocal (12)
    Rodrigo Amarante, guitar (3, 5)
    Mel Shimkovitz, guitar solo (12)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    An album by Devendra Banhart
    Produced, arranged, and recorded by Noah Georgeson, Josiah Steinbrick, and Devendra Banhart
    Recorded at Home
    Additional recording done at Panoramic House and Seahorse Sound
    Engineered by Noah Georgeson, Devendra Banhart, and Samur Khouja
    Mixed by Noah Georgeson and Devendra Banhart

    Track 7, strings arranged and performed by Dani Bensi

    All music and lyrics by Devendra Banhart except for “Fancy Man” and “Fig in Leather,” by Steinbrick/Banhart/Georgeson, and “Mourners’ Dance,” by Steinbrick/Banhart

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Artist Name: 
Devendra Banhart
Release Date: 
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 13:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Devendra Banhart produced, arranged, and recorded his ninth album, Ape in Pink Marble, in LA with his longtime collaborators Noah Georgeson and Josiah Steinbrick, both of whom also worked on his 2013 album, Mala. Q gives the album four stars; Uncut calls it "excellent."

Description: 

Nonesuch Records releases Devendra Banhart's new album, Ape in Pink Marble, on September 23, 2016. The album, Banhart's ninth, was written, produced, arranged, and recorded in Los Angeles by the singer/songwriter/guitarist with his longtime collaborators Noah Georgeson and Josiah Steinbrick, both of whom also worked on Banhart's most recent album, Mala (2013). 

Devendra Banhart was born in Houston, Texas, and moved with his mother to her native Caracas, Venezuela, when his parents separated. The family relocated to Los Angeles during his teenage years; it was there that he learned to speak English, skateboard, and play music. Banhart first began to perform in public while attending the San Francisco Art Institute. He has since lived in New York City, Paris, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, where he currently resides.

Banhart first attracted international notice with his 2002 debut album, Oh Me Oh My… The Way the Day Goes By the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs of the Christmas Spirit—a collection of recordings he had made for himself. Subsequent albums include Rejoicing in the Hands (2004), Niño Rojo (2004), Cripple Crow (2005), and Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (2007), and What Will We Be (2009). Mala, his Nonesuch debut, was described by Q as a "career-best" and by the Wall Street Journal as his "most concise, hushed and winsome effort to date." Banhart has collaborated with fellow musicians including Anohni (formerly known as Antony) and the Johnsons, Beck, Vashti Bunyan, Os Mutantes, and Vetiver. He also has performed with both Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, and was part of a David Byrne–curated concert at Carnegie Hall.

An accomplished visual artist, Banhart's distinctive, minutely inked, often enigmatic drawings have appeared in galleries all over the world, including the Art Basel Contemporary Art Fair in Miami; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels; and Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2015 Prestel published I Left My Noodle on Ramen Street, a collection of his drawings, paintings, and mixed media pieces. He has created the cover art for most of his records, and in 2010 his artwork and packaging for What Will We Be was nominated for a Grammy.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
An album by Devendra Banhart
Produced, arranged, and recorded by Noah Georgeson, Josiah Steinbrick, and Devendra Banhart
Recorded at Home
Additional recording done at Panoramic House and Seahorse Sound
Engineered by Noah Georgeson, Devendra Banhart, and Samur Khouja
Mixed by Noah Georgeson and Devendra Banhart

Track 7, strings arranged and performed by Dani Bensi

All music and lyrics by Devendra Banhart except for “Fancy Man” and “Fig in Leather,” by Steinbrick/Banhart/Georgeson, and “Mourners’ Dance,” by Steinbrick/Banhart

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

556250

ns_album_releasedate: 
Monday, June 13, 2016 - 17:15
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597945249
Price: 
14.00
Label: 
LP+MP3
UPC: 
075597945256
Price: 
20.00
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597945294
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
FLAC
UPC: 
075597945263
Price: 
11.00
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Noah Georgeson, bass (1, 10), synthesizers (1, 3, 4, 5, 7–11), programming (2), koto (3, 5, 9, 10), vocals (3), prepared guitar (4), drums (10), backing vocal (12)
Greg Rogove, drums (1, 5, 7, 8, 11–13), percussion (2)
Devendra Banhart, guitars (1–8, 11–13), field recording (1), synthesizer (2, 5, 7, 10), percussion (3), koto (10)
Josiah Steinbrick, synthesizers (2–5, 7–10, 12, 13), bass (2, 3, 5–9, 11–13), marimba (2, 3), guitar (3–6), drums (4, 6), Mellotron (4, 6, 13), electric piano (6–8), percussion (6), koto (9, 10), backing vocal (12)
Rodrigo Amarante, guitar (3, 5)
Mel Shimkovitz, guitar solo (12)

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