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  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, and Edgar Meyer were on NPR's Here and Now, discussing and performing from their new album, Bach Trios. "What happens when you put a world-renowned cellist, a MacArthur fellow bassist, and another MacArthur winner and mandolin player together?" asks host Meghna Chakrabarti. "Well, if they're Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile, you get beautiful music." You can watch their performance of Bach's Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645, on the show here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Congratulations to drummer Antonio Sánchez and trumpeter Cuong Vu, who have won ECHO Jazz 2017 Awards for their performances on two 2016 Nonesuch albums with guitarist Pat Metheny: Antonio Sánchez, International Drums Instrumentalist of the Year for The Unity Sessions, with the Pat Metheny Unity Group; and Cuong Vu, International Brass Instrumentalist of the Year for Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny. The ECHO Jazz Awards ceremony will take place at Blohm + Voss in Hamburg, televised on NDR, on June 1, 2017.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Monday, April 24, 2017

    Polish composer Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, was released on Nonesuch Records 25 years ago today, April 24, 1992. Górecki had composed the piece in 1976, but it didn't appear on disc until then. The recording of the emotionally affecting piece, featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw and the London Sinfonietta led by conductor David Zinman, proved spellbinding to a diverse international audience, becoming the highest-selling album ever by a contemporary composer. "Perhaps people find something they need in this piece of music," Górecki speculated. "Somehow I hit the right note, something they were missing."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Monday, April 24, 2017

    Devendra Banhart, whose new album, Ape in Pink Marble, was released in the fall, recently took director Barbara Anastacio on a tour of his home in Los Angeles for the Nowness series My Place. "I haven't figured out how to make it a place that feels inviting and cozy, I think, to have even people over," Banhart says of his home. "Even though my idea of a good party, no one's home. I mean, I'm not even there. Like, if I'm not here, and there's no one here, it's a pretty good party." You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Wilco made its Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot fifteen years ago today, on April 23, 2002. On the album, Wilco delivers a thrillingly experimental work that scored a perfect 10 on Pitchfork, which hailed the album "simply a masterpiece." The New York Times said that "songs about love, America, apocalypse, and self-invention unfold in richly enigmatic arrangements" on the album. Rolling Stone named Yankee Hotel Foxtrot the No. 3 Album of the 2000s.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, April 21, 2017

    Bach Trios, an album of Bach works recorded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and bassist Edgar Meyer, is now available in a two-LP vinyl edition, following its recent release on CD and digitally. The Times (UK) calls it "irresistible." The Observer says the musicians are "in perfect harmony." Herald Scotland exclaims: "A new classic ...Truly, virtuosity is its own reward." The trio begins a nine-city US tour at Boston's Symphony Hall tonight.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, April 21, 2017

    Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record stores, takes place this Saturday, April 22, 2017, and included among the releases on that day are The Allen Toussaint Collection, a compilation of tracks from his first four albums in its first-ever vinyl release; Emmylou Harris's Queen of the Silver Dollar: The Studio Albums, 1975–79, her first five studio albums on vinyl and a bonus 45 RPM; and Randy Newman's Lonely at the Top: Studio Albums, 1968–77, his first five studio albums on vinyl and a bonus 45 RPM.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, April 21, 2017

    Caetano Veloso, Teresa Cristina launch tour at London's Barbican Hall … Devendra Banhart plays Coachella … David Byrne, Fatboy Slim's Here Lies Love is in Seattle … Jeremy Denk brings Medieval to Modern to Birmingham … Tigran Hamasyan performs in France … Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer launch Bach Trios tour … The Magnetic Fields bring 50 Song Memoir to Minneapolis ... Record Store Day is Saturday ... and more …

    Journal Topics: On Tour Weekend Events
  • Friday, April 21, 2017

    Sam Amidon, whose new album, The Following Mountain, is due May 26, has announced several European tour dates in the autumn. The concerts begin with his first-ever headline show at Union Chapel in London on October 26 and include performances in Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Amidon will perform in Minnesota and at the Eaux Claires festival in Wisconsin this spring.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Conor Oberst was in Sydney, Australia, in February to give an intimate solo performance at the Sydney Opera House, which The Music described as "simply mesmerising." He opened the set with his song "Tachycardia," from his new albums, Ruminations and Salutations. Oberst also performed the song for the Sydney Opera House's Nooks & Crannies video series, which showcases unseen spaces inside the iconic venue. For the video, which you can watch here, Oberst is at the piano, joined by Miwi La Lupa on bass, to perform "Tachycardia" in the Opera House scenery dock.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Tigran Hamasyan has unveiled the music video for "Markos and Markos," a song from his new album, An Ancient Observer. The screenplay, direction, and animation for the video are by Naira Muradyan, inspired by Zahrad's poem "Marc and Marc." You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    The Celebrity Series of Boston has announced its 2017–2018 concert season, and among the artists performing through the acclaimed series at venues in and around Boston next season are four Nonesuch artists: Chris Thile, Jeremy Denk, Audra McDonald, and Joshua Redman. Three-concert subscriptions are on sale now.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour

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