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Rokia Traoré’s Beautiful Africa will be released on April 9, 2013, by Nonesuch Records in Europe and Canada, with a US release to follow. The record was produced by English musician John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse) and recorded at Toybox Studios in Bristol, UK. Its lyrics are sung in the Malian–born Traoré’s native languages of French and Bambara, as well as some English. The Guardian premiered the title track this morning, calling it "brilliant." Traoré was the first artist to be announced for the 2013 Glastonbury festival line-up; additional festival and tour dates will be announced shortly.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsThursday, January 31, 2013|0 comments
Carnegie Hall has announced its 2013–14 season, and featured among the performers taking the esteemed hall's stages are a number of artists familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal, including Chris Thile, Bombino, Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, and Richard Goode, as well as performances of works by John Adams, Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, and more.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist NewsArtist NewsMonday, January 28, 2013|0 commentsNataly Dawn "Delivers a Seductive and Singular Solo Album," Says BBC Music; "Delightful," Says Daily Telegraph
Nataly Dawn's solo album How I Knew Her is set for release next month and is already garnering critical praise. Dawn "delivers a seductive and singular solo album," says BBC Music. "It’s the sound of a woman brimming with ideas as she seizes her moment ... Dawn has the intelligence to sway the cognoscenti, the wide-eyed charm to seduce the masses, and an other-worldliness that ensures that, for all those she embraces, nobody sounds quite like her." Mojo, Independent on Sunday, and Daily Telegraph all give the album four stars, with the Telegraph calling it "delightful."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News ReviewsArtist NewsMonday, January 28, 2013|0 commentsSteve Reich Celebrated As Distinguished Guest Composer at Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras's New Music Festival
Steve Reich is the Distinguished Guest Composer at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's 2013 New Music Festival, which gets under way today and runs to this Saturday, February 2. Reich will be in attendance for the festival, which showcases his work over several concerts, discussions, and a dance performance this week, including Vermont Counterpoint, Clapping Music, Different Trains, New York Counterpoint, Double Sextet, Tehillim, and The Desert Music.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist NewsArtist NewsFriday, January 25, 2013|0 commentsDr. John and Allen Toussaint to Receive Honorary Degrees from Tulane University Along with Dalai Lama
Dr. John and Allen Toussaint, two favorite sons of New Orleans, will receive honorary degrees from Tulane University at its 2013 Commencement, the school has announced. Both will receive honorary doctor of fine arts degrees at the school's May 18 commencement ceremony, to be held at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Dalai Lama, who is set to deliver the keynote address at the event, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Natasha Trethewey, the United States poet laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, also will be awarded a doctor of humane letters.