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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 VideoVideoFriday, 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 VideoVideoTuesday, 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.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoVideoTuesday, June 2, 2015|0 comments
Devendra Banhart and his band toured South America in 2014 with music from his Nonesuch Records debut album, Mala. Artist and filmmaker Adam Tullie was there to capture the trip and has created a short film, set to a selection of Banhart's home demos and one of his poems. "The overall landscape is beyond beautiful, strewn with lush color and tropical flora," says Tullie, with whom Banhart is releasing an art book. "The people reflect this; lively, bright, and full of love." Watch it here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoVideoThursday, May 21, 2015|0 commentsWatch: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman's 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival Set Airs via NPR's "Jazz Night in America"
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, whose self-titled debut album is due out next week in North America and June 8 elsewhere, performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival in 2014, when Redman was Artist in Residence there. NPR's Jazz Night in America was there to capture the new quartet, fresh out of the studio. Watch the performance and an interview with the band here. The new album is streaming in full till May 25 as an NPR First Listen. The quartet kicks off a tour at the Blue Note Jazz Festival on June 10.