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Chris Thile has won the 2014 Outstanding Alumni in Fine Arts Award from Murray State University, his alma mater. “He is a model of artistry, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Pamela Wurgler, chair of Murray State's Department of Music. “Everyone wants to hear him perform; they want to hear his compositions too. He is an inspiring model for our students.” Thile’s parents accepted the award on his behalf at the school's A Taste of the Arts Dinner and Auction, which showcases performances by Murray State students and supports scholarships in art, music, and theatre.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist NewsThursday, November 6, 2014|1 comments
Emmylou Harris will be honored in The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, on January 10, 2015. The concert event taping will feature performances by Harris, Rodney Crowell, Iron & Wine, Shawn Colvin, Sara Watkins, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mavis Staples, Martina McBride, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Trampled By Turtles, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Shovels & Rope, Joan Baez, and Milk Carton Kids. Harris will take the stage to perform with a number of special guests throughout the night. Ticket pre-sales begin today and go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 7.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On TourArtist NewsThursday, November 6, 2014|0 comments
Congratulations to Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, whose album, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, has won the Edison Award for Best International Jazz Album. It is the debut album from the electric duo, featuring Mehldau on Fender Rhodes and synthesizers and Guiliana on drums and effects. The Dutch awards will be presented in a gala ceremony at the Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven on November 27. The album has also been nominated for Best Recorded Performance in Modern Drummer's Reader's Poll.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist NewsTuesday, November 4, 2014|0 commentsSam Amidon's "Lily-O" Featured on NPR's All Things Considered; New Album "Showcases His Ability to Transform Music"
Sam Amidon's new album, Lily-O, was featured on NPR's All Things Considered last night. "Amidon reinvents American folk songs," says host Robert Siegel; the new album "showcases his ability to transform music." NPR reviewer Banning Eyre says: "Every little unexpected twist shimmers with originality ... His highly personal approach opens a window on the American past and lets us feel it like nothing else around." Listen to the NPR review here. The Morton Report's Bill Bentley says Amidon's vocals "reverberate directly inside the soul." He is "stepping forward with a creative curve that no one else is really doing."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radio ReviewsArtist NewsTuesday, November 4, 2014|1 comments
Nonesuch Records will release the label debut from pianist Tigran Hamasyan, Mockroot, in early 2015. Hamasyan is currently on tour in Europe, with shows in France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland, amongst others. Further details about the forthcoming album and its release will be announced shortly. Although trained as a classical and jazz musician, Tigran Hamasyan draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, beatbox, poetry, and more.