Tuesday, May 1, 2012|0 commentsDavid 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.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist News Web/TechnologyArtist NewsMonday, April 30, 2012|0 commentsPeter Sellars, Frequent John Adams Collaborator, Wins Opera News Award; His Work "Will Transcend Epoch and Place" (Opera News)
Director Peter Sellars, a frequent collaborator of composer John Adams's, was awarded an Opera News Award in a ceremony at the Plaza Hotel in New York City last night. Sellars has directed the world premiere performances of all of Adams's operas and unforgettable performances by Dawn Upshaw, Rokia Traoré, and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. "Peter Sellars has created a body of work that will transcend epoch and place, style and fad," says Opera News. "It will be esteemed as timeless, because it will still find a way to speak directly to audiences even after our time has run out."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist NewsFriday, April 27, 2012|0 commentsBilly Bragg Discusses "Mermaid Avenue" Across the BBC; Its "Wealth of Quality Material Is Remarkable," Says Q (Four Stars)
Billy Bragg has been featured across the BBC airwaves to celebrate the release of Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions, on which Bragg and Wilco set Woody Guthrie's words to music. The Sunday Times and Details both dub it a "must-have." BBC Music says that "nobody has picked up on Woody as effectively—or unexpectedly—as this transatlantic get-together." The Mermaid Avenue project "was always an interesting idea," says a four-star Q review. "That it produced such a wealth of quality material is remarkable." Pitchfork too says: "What's remarkable is the wealth of material available to these artists and the number of gems these sessions produced." Drowned in Sound rates this "wonderful reissue" a nine out of ten. "Even for those who already have both of the previous volumes," says DiS, "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions is a fascinating look at one of America’s greatest writers."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Reviews RadioArtist NewsFriday, April 27, 2012|0 commentsNew Orleans Jazz Fest Kicks Off, Includes Sets from Dr. John, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Cheikh Lô, Allen Toussaint
The 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, better known as Jazz Fest, gets under way today and runs through this weekend and the next at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Among the performers set to take the various stage at the festival this year are four artists familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: two New Orleans legends and hometown heroes, Dr. John and Allen Toussaint, plus two artists whose unique musical styles will make them feel right at home at Jazz Fest, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Cheikh Lô.