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John Adams is the subject of a new short video from the BBC Radio 3 series Great Composers with Tom Service, in which Service gives an exuberant primer on the composer. "John Adams is the composer who wants it all—the 'pulse' of the American minimalists and the voluptuous harmonic sensuality of Wagner and Mahler's late Romanticism," Service explains. "Warning: his music is addictive. Have a good time with John Adams!" Watch it here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsFriday, June 5, 2015|0 comments
Lianne La Havas sat down to discuss "Unstoppable," the first track off her new album, Blood, due out next month. You can hear the story behind the track in the video here. "Everyone’s summer needs a soundtrack," says the Guardian's Bim Adewunmi. "It is my humble opinion that London-born singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas has delivered just that, in the form of 'Unstoppable.' Have you listened to it? Go listen now, I’ll wait. Isn’t it perfect? I told you so." Lianne La Havas is on BBC Radio 2's Dermot O'Leary Saturday.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsWednesday, June 3, 2015|0 comments
Tyondai Braxton performs HIVE, the work that inspired his Nonesuch Records debut album, HIVE1, for a three-night residency at The Kitchen in NYC this Thursday through Saturday, June 4–6. The New Yorker calls the album "a beguiling, introspective new record," noting that the tracks, "which are transfixing, are marked by fragmented percussion grooves that weave in and out of warm analogue soundscapes." HIVE debuted at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC in 2013, created as a live multimedia work that was part architectural installation, part ensemble performance with five musicians seated atop their own oval pods designed by Danish architect Uffe Surland Van Tams.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On TourArtist NewsTuesday, June 2, 2015|0 comments
Olivia Chaney kicks off a three-week North American tour featuring music from her debut album, The Longest River, at Roulette in Brooklyn on Wednesday, culminating in a return to NYC for a show at Joe's Pub on June 25. "With an earthiness to her expressive soprano, Chaney is bringing the grand tradition of British folk music into the 21st century," says the New Yorker. "Baez, Collins, Mitchell, Marling," exclaims PopMatters; "the debut folk album by Olivia Chaney shows that she belongs in this company. It's pretty much perfect."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On TourArtist NewsTuesday, June 2, 2015|1 comments
Rhiannon Giddens joins Branford Marsalis and Friends for a special North Carolina Symphony benefit concert in Raleigh tonight. On the program, she performs the title track to her new album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, as well as other classic tunes including "La vie en rose." While preparing for the concert, she recorded an intimate guitar-and-vocal version of the song made famous by Edith Piaf on a video you can watch here. Giddens' tour continues next week at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, one of several festival sets to come, including Bonnaroo and Telluride Bluegrass. She begins a tour of the UK and Europe at the end of the month.