- Lucie Jansch
- Laurie Anderson
- Laurie Anderson
- Tim Knox
- Laurie Anderson
- Noah Greenberg
- Monday, June 17, 2013
Watch: Laurie Anderson Performs with Ai Weiwei for Luminato Festival; Leads Free NYC Concerts for River to River Festival
Laurie Anderson began a week of special performances when she was joined by artist and activist Ai Weiwei, via Skype from Beijing, for the premiere of Greetings to the Motherland at Toronto's Luminato Festival last night; watch it in full here. Anderson leads two free concerts in New York City this week for the annual River to River Festival, featuring stories from United States Parts 1-4 with special guests Steve Buscemi and Young Jean Lee on Tuesday and a night of improvisation with longtime musical collaborators on Wednesday.
- Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Luminato Line-Up Includes Free Sets from Bombino, Amadou & Mariam, Laurie Anderson, Carolina Chocolate Drops
The line-up for the 2013 Luminato Festival in Toronto has been announced, and included among this year’s performers are Bombino, Amadou & Mariam, Laurie Anderson, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. All of these artists will give free concerts in David Pecaut Square at the Hub of the Festival, which runs from June 14 to 23. Among the Luminato Festival’s other highlights will be a multi-artist, two-night tribute to Joni Mitchell at Massey Hall.
About Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Her work, which encompasses music, visual art, poetry, film, and photography, has challenged and delighted audiences around the world for more than 30 years. Anderson is best known for her multimedia presentations and musical recordings. Anderson’s first album, O Superman, launched her recording career in 1980, rising to number two on the British pop charts and subsequently appearing on her landmark release Big Science. She went on to record six more albums with Warner Brothers. In 2001, Anderson recorded her first album with Nonesuch Records, the critically lauded Life on a String.
Anderson’s tours have taken her around the world, where she has presented her work in small arts spaces and grand concert halls—and everywhere in between. She has numerous major works to her credit, along with countless collaborations with an array of artists, from Jonathan Demme and Brian Eno to Bill T. Jones and Peter Gabriel. Anderson is recognized worldwide as a groundbreaking leader in the use of technology in the arts: she was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA in 2002. Anderson was also part of the team that created the opening ceremony for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. More recently, she received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for her outstanding contribution to the arts.
Laurie Anderson’s new work Homeland presents the vast landscape that is contemporary American culture through the lens of one of the world’s foremost and critically acclaimed artists. The piece—part political dialogue, part poetry song cycle combining words, electronics and live music—has received critical praise from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, The Times of London, and others following Anderson’s tour with Homeland in concert halls and theaters across the globe.
The foundations of Homeland were created on the road through a series of performances and improvisations at venues ranging from small clubs to an ancient theater on the Acropolis in Athens. The piece draws on an array of influences collected along the way—Tuvan throat singers, jazz improvisers, and New York experimental artists contribute voices to what has become one of Anderson’s most political works to date. Her recent sonic experiments with the violin, along with groove-oriented electronics and traditional instruments such as the Chinese erhu, shape the piece as well. Homeland is as much a process as it is a statement, as each version is unique.
The themes Anderson explores with Homeland cover a breadth of contemporary issues, from the war and the media to America’s growing surveillance culture and the environment. In 2004, while making a film commissioned for the World Expo in Japan, Anderson began to contemplate the meaning of place via the short stories she was using in the work. One of the stories touched on losing things, or the feeling of losing things. “‘I knew I had lost something but I just couldn’t put my finger on it,’ was one of the lines in the story,” Anderson explains. “Like when you feel bereft and you don’t know whether it’s because you lost your keys or your job or because your grandfather just died,” she continues. “But I started to think about when I wrote that story and I remembered that it was when we began the invasion of Iraq. And what I’d lost was my country.” Anderson applies that notion to Homeland’s thematic threads.
June 22, 2010
Homeland is "an exquisite state-of-the-union dispatch as only Anderson, America's darkly comic conscience, can provide," raves Pitchfork. Interview says, "Anderson proves that time has only sharpened her critical eye," calling Homeland "harrowing and hilarious ... a gift of perspective." Guest artists include Lou Reed, Antony Hegarty, and Fourtet's Keiran Hebden. DVD includes the documentary "Homeland: The Story of the Lark."
- February 15, 2014 – 08:00 pmMcCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ
- February 21, 2014 – 08:00 pmThe Birchmere, Alexandria, VA
- February 27, 2014 – 07:30 pmPalmer Auditorium, Connecticut College, New London, CT
- March 13, 2014 – 08:00 pmThe Kessler, Dallas, TX
- March 15, 2014 – 08:00 pmRoyce Hall, Los Angeles, CA
- April 17, 2014 – 07:30 pmSFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium, San Francisco, CA