Tuesday, May 1, 2012|1 commentsJeremy Denk Celebrates His Nonesuch Debut, "Ligeti/Beethoven," with (Le) Poisson Rouge Performance, May 21
To mark the May 15 release of his Nonesuch label debut, pianist Jeremy Denk will make his first appearance at (Le) Poisson Rouge, taking over the downtown NYC venue for a one-night-only Ligeti/Beethoven celebration on Monday, May 21. The concert program comprises Book 1 of Ligeti’s Piano Études and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111. (The new album adds selections from Ligeti’s Piano Études, Book 2). Other spring tour highlights include concerts in DC, Chicago, and San Francisco.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release On Tour Artist NewsArtist NewsDr. John, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Cheikh Lô Make "Joyous, Colorful" Music at New Orleans Jazz Fest (Times-Picayune)
The 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest got under way last weekend. Carolina Chocolate Drops gave "a joyous, emotionally committed show," reports the Times-Picayune, which calls Cheikh Lô's set "as colorful and unique as his signature patchwork tunic," and notes that Dr. John sounded "newly invigorated" as on his new album, Locked Down. He also joined Bruce Springsteen on stage to help close the first weekend in style. This coming weekend sees Dr. John's return and a set from another favorite son of New Orleans, Allen Toussaint.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist News ReviewsArtist NewsNewport Folk Fest Doc Features Emmylou Harris, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Low Anthem, Chris Thile, Michael Daves, Wanda Jackson
This year's Newport Folk Festival in July includes sets from Punch Brothers and Sara Watkins. A new short documentary from sö pa productions and Ryan Mastro revisits last year's festival and looks into what makes Newport so special. The video features interviews and performances from artists at last year's festival, including Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Low Anthem, Chris Thile, Michael Daves, Wanda Jackson, and Emmylou Harris. "In the story of my life, folk music brought me to music," says Harris. Newport "was where these people that I just kind of worshiped gathered." Watch the documentary here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsDavid Byrne's "Here Lies Love" to Be Performed at MASS MoCA in June; Premieres at Public Theater in April 2013
Though Here Lies Love, the new David Byrne and Fatboy Slim musical exploring the life of Imelda Marcos, opens at the Public Theater in New York City next year, theatergoers can catch an early look at the production next month at MASS MoCA, June 21–24, in association with the Public Theater and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Tickets for MASS MocA are available now. Nonesuch released the song cycle recording of Here Lies Love in 2010, featuring Florence + the Machine, Natalie Merchant, Santigold, St. Vincent, and others.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist NewsArtist NewsMonday, April 30, 2012|0 commentsSara Watkins' "Sun Midnight Sun" Streaming in Full As NPR First Listen; Watkins to Join Jackson Browne on Summer Tour
Sara Watkins' new album, Sun Midnight Sun, is due out next week, May 8. The album, which was produced by Blake Mills and features special guest appearances by Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Benmont Tench, and Sean Watkins, is streaming in full all this week as an NPR First Listen. "Sara Watkins paints on a canvas called roots music, only to delve into any number of adjacent genres," says NPR. "She's a subtle star, but a star nonetheless." Watkins, currently touring the US, will join Browne as his very special guest on his tour this summer.