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  • k.d. lang Makes Broadway Debut in New Musical "After Midnight"

    k.d. lang makes her Broadway debut in the new musical After Midnight as Special Guest Star vocalist beginning this Tuesday, February 11, and continuing through Sunday, March 9, 2014. After Midnight, which celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by Wynton Marsalis, began performances last fall with Fantastia in the role, reintroducing the Cotton Club's tradition of welcoming stars in limited engagements throughout the musical's run. The New York Times says the show is "hot, sweet, and altogether glorious." New York magazine calls it "pure joy ... an unmitigated pleasure."

  • k.d. lang Helps Launch Free Tools for Peace Meditation App

    Tools for Peace, a national educational non-profit of which singer-songwriter k.d. lang is a board member, has created "Stop, Breathe & Think," a free app for iPad and iPhone, to guide people of all ages and backgrounds through meditations for mindfulness and compassion. "I would like to believe that through this free app," says lang, “meditation can become a natural part of our everyday lives. It’s simple to use and has the ability to reach far and wide, from children riding buses to school to teenagers just hanging out to business leaders in countries around the world."

About this Album

“Few singers command such perfection of pitch. Her voice, at once beautiful and unadorned and softened with a veil of smoke, invariably hits the middle of a note and remains there.” —New York Times

k.d. lang's new album, Watershed, was released by Nonesuch Records in February 2008. Recorded in California this year, Watershed is the first album of newly written material from the four-time Grammy winner since 2000’s Invincible Summer and her first studio album since 2004's acclaimed Canadian songbook, Hymns of the 49th Parallel. A fourteen-city US tour begins February 23 and includes a rare three-night stand at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room as part of the American Songbook series.


As the title suggests, Watershed represents a milestone in k.d. lang’s groundbreaking 25-year career. For the first time she has assumed the role of produceras well as writer, singer, and multi-instrumentalistfor this album of eleven new songs. lang reunited with longtime collaborators from both the studio and the road on the album: pianist Teddy Borowiecki, bassist David Piltch, steel player Greg Leisz, and guitarist Ben Mink. Jon Hassell makes a guest appearance on trumpet, as does new Nonesuch labelmate Noam Pikelny, banjo player for the Punch Brothers.


In contrast to lang’s usual organization of albums around a particular sound (such as the clear-eyed country of Absolute Torch and Twang) or concept (as with the elegant smoking songs of Drag), the unifying theme of her present work is a much more personal look at k.d. lang and where she finds herself right now.  Featuring plenty of musical and lyrical intimations of how she got here, lang explains that “Watershed is like a culmination of everything I’ve donethere’s a little bit of jazz, a little country, a little of the Ingénue sound, a little Brazilian touch. It really feels like the way I hear music, this mash-up of genres, and I think it reflects all the styles that have preceded this in my catalogue.  I didn’t feel the need to be genre-specific because this experience felt so wide open.”

Credits

MUSICIANS
k.d. lang, vocals (1-11), guitars (1, 3-5, 9), keyboards (1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9), drum programming (9), harp (10), piano (11), banjo (11)
David Piltch, bass (1-10), guitars (1 3), drum programming (1, 4, 7), drums (3, 5), programming (6), percussion (9)
Teddy Borowiecki, organ (1, 2), vibraphone (2, 7, 9), guitar (6), keyboards (6-10), programming (6), drum programming (7), piano (8)
Greg Leisz, steel guitar (1, 3, 4), guitar (1, 6), electric guitar (8, 9)
Danny Frankel, drums (1, 2, 4, 6-9), percussion (2)
Ben Mink, guitar (2, 8)
Lynne Earls, programming (2, 6, 7)
Noam Pikelny, banjo (3)
Bryan Sutton, guitar (4)
Grecco Buratto, guitar (5)
Jon Hassel, trumpet (9)

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by k.d. lang
Additional production on tracks 1, 3-5, 9 by David Piltch
Additional production on track 6, 7, 10 by Teddy Borowiecki
Lynne Earls: recording engineer, pro-tools editing, drum programming, GPS
Strings arranged and conducted by Teddy Borowiecki
Mixed by David Leonard
Assited by Kennie Takahashi
Recorded at: Art Kitchen, The Hut, Jungle Room
Strings recorded and mixed at glenwood studios by david leonard and kennie takahashi

Track 4 composed by k.d. lang; tracks 1, 3, 5, 9, 11 by lang/piltch; tracks 2, 8 by lang/mink; track 6 by lang/piltch/leisz/borowiecki; track 7 by lang/borowiecki; track 10 by lang/borowiecki/meredith

Photography: Jeri Heiden
Art Direction: Jeri Heiden
Design: smog design, inc., John Heiden and Nick Steinhardt

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