Wednesday, September 21, 2011|0 comments
Kronos Quartet gives the NY premiere of Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11 for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)'s 2011 Next Wave Festival, with four consecutive nights of performances starting tonight. Congratulations to Kronos fan Ross Burlingame, winner of the Nonesuch ticket giveaway to tonight's show. Kronos Quartet gave a preview of the show when they performed live on WNYC's Soundcheck earlier this week. Listen to the performances and interview here.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist News RadioOn TourMonday, September 19, 2011|0 comments"Modern Music" from Brad Mehldau, Kevin Hays, Patrick Zimmerli Brings "A High Sheen to Some Choice Material": NY Times
Modern Music, a collaboration between pianists Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays and composer/arranger Patrick Zimmerli is out this week. The album features pieces written by each of the three musicians as well as works by Reich, Coleman, and Glass, performed by the two pianists in arrangements by Zimmerli. The New York Times says the pianists bring "a high sheen to some choice material." The Financial Times gives the album a perfect five stars. MusicOMH calls it "another fascinating and technically remarkable addition to Mehldau’s body of work." The Guardian, reviewing Mehldau's live show with Chris Thile in London on Friday, says their "musicality and sympathy for each other's emerging ideas made it an unexpected tour de force."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release On Tour Artist News ReviewsOn Tour
Joshua Redman joins James Farm at Monterey Jazz Fest, where he's artist-in-residence ... Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, John Zorn help open Roulette in Brooklyn ... Carolina Chocolate Drops are in Dallas ... Ben Folds teams up with the Minnesota Orchestra ... Kronos Quartet premiere new piece in Maryland ... k.d. lang is in Alaska ... The Low Anthem, Jessica Lea Mayfield head South ... Brad Mehldau, Chris Thile join up in London ... Pat Metheny kicks off US tour ... Randy Newman, Wanda Jackson perform at Austin City Limits Music Festival ... Allen Toussaint plays hometown Ponderosa Stomp ... and more ...Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Weekend EventsOn TourBrad Mehldau, Chris Thile Perform Duo Concert at London's Wigmore Hall; Mehldau Writes on Wisdom in Music for the Guardian
Brad Mehldau and Chris Thile have spent the past week in Europe on separate solo tours. The two come together for a special duo show at Wigmore Hall in London tonight, as part of the pianist's curatorship of the venue's Jazz Series. "Mehldau often applies his hypnotic improv approach to Broadway standards, bebop, folk-pop classics or the music of Radiohead," says the Guardian, "and Thile's fast-flowing long lines, and cherishing of catchy themes within the loosest spontaneous flights fit that very compatibly." Also in the Guardian, Mehldau has written an article on wisdom in music.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist NewsOn TourPat Metheny Launches US Tour with Bassist Larry Grenadier; Includes Six-Night Residency at NYC's Blue Note
Pat Metheny launches a month-long, 20-city tour of the United States this weekend, joined by bassist Larry Grenadier. The concerts will take place in intimate settings throughout the US and include songs from Metheny's new solo album, What's It All About, along with new material and favorites from throughout his rich catalog. The tour closes with a special week's engagement at the Blue Note in New York City. Following the US tour, Metheny, Grenadier, and drummer Bill Stewart launch a European tour.