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  • March 25, 2015

    The 2015 Big Ears Festival takes place in Knoxville, Tennessee, this weekend including performances from artists-in-residence Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon, and Tyondai Braxton. Big Ears is held in venues throughout downtown Knoxville. Click here for a schedule of the Nonesuch artists' events at this weekend's festival. 

  • January 27, 2015

    New York Live Arts has announced the schedule of its 2015 Live Ideas festival, S K Y - Force and Wisdom in America Today, taking place April 15–19. Curated by Laurie Anderson in conjunction with New York Live Arts' Artistic Director Bill T. Jones, the 2015 Live Ideas festival combines the arts and social issues to creatively question the direction of modern culture. The festival presents more than 25 events via an array of music, dance, poetry, film, discussion, and a late-night lounge, featuring Anderson among others, as well as the work of artists including Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel, John Cage, and Arvo Pärt.

  • 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.

on May 29, 2008 - 7:06pm

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.

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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. In 2001, she made her Nonesuch debut with Life on a String. Pitchfork calls Homeland, her latest Nonesuch album, "an exquisite state-of-the-union dispatch as only Anderson, America's darkly comic conscience, can provide."

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