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    Laurie Anderson Presents Five Events As SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director

    Laurie Anderson will take part in five events in San Francisco as SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director this week, Wednesday through Sunday, November 28 through December 2.

    She kicks things off with a sold-out listening party at Miner Auditorium on Wednesday, joining SFJAZZ Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline in conversation, sharing some of her favorite recordings, and answering audience questions.

    On Thursday and Saturday, Anderson presents Songs for Women and Songs for Men, respectively, both in Miner Auditorium. "The first part of the series was inspired by the composer Tammy Hall’s beautiful piece 'For Miss Jones,'" says Anderson, who will be joined by Hall on piano for Thursday's program. "I love music that's written for a real person and tries to capture her in a song. I thought it would be interesting to do a collection of pieces we've both written for women and make it into a celebration that crosses back and forth from jazz to stories to electronics."

    "I realized I've also written a lot of things for and about men and I asked the amazing Scott Amendola to join me in an evening of improve," she says of Saturday's program. "Some of the greatest experts on women are men and of course vice versa so I'm hoping for some lively mash ups."

    On Friday, the Anderson heads to Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill for Lou Reed Drone, which uses a number of guitars from her late husband Lou Reed's collection in a drone-based sonic installation curated by his former guitar technician Stuart Hurwood. Anderson will perform live with violist Eyvind Kang and saxophonist Ulrich Krieger. "Something between an installation and performance," says Anderson, "this piece features the hypnotic overtones and harmonics of guitar feedback."

    The residency concludes with a return to Miner Auditorium on Sunday for a program called Scenes from My Radio Play. It "will be themes and variations on the characters and situations in the play," Anderson says. "Fred Frith will join me in invoking hypnosis, memory, old juke joints, canoe trips and love."

    For more on all of the above and limited tickets where available, visit sfjazz.org.

    Laurie Anderson's latest album, Landfall, released earlier this year on Nonesuch, is a collaboration with San Francisco's own Kronos Quartet. The Washington Post calls it "riveting, gorgeous." To pick up a copy, head to your local music store, iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. You can also listen to the album on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Laurie Anderson will take part in five events in San Francisco as SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director this week, November 28–December 2. The residency includes a listening party and conversation, programs called Songs for Women and Songs for Men, a drone-based sonic installation with Lou Reed's guitars, and scenes from a radio play.

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Laurie Anderson will take part in five events in San Francisco as SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director this week, Wednesday through Sunday, November 28 through December 2.

She kicks things off with a sold-out listening party at Miner Auditorium on Wednesday, joining SFJAZZ Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline in conversation, sharing some of her favorite recordings, and answering audience questions.

On Thursday and Saturday, Anderson presents Songs for Women and Songs for Men, respectively, both in Miner Auditorium. "The first part of the series was inspired by the composer Tammy Hall’s beautiful piece 'For Miss Jones,'" says Anderson, who will be joined by Hall on piano for Thursday's program. "I love music that's written for a real person and tries to capture her in a song. I thought it would be interesting to do a collection of pieces we've both written for women and make it into a celebration that crosses back and forth from jazz to stories to electronics."

"I realized I've also written a lot of things for and about men and I asked the amazing Scott Amendola to join me in an evening of improve," she says of Saturday's program. "Some of the greatest experts on women are men and of course vice versa so I'm hoping for some lively mash ups."

On Friday, the Anderson heads to Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill for Lou Reed Drone, which uses a number of guitars from her late husband Lou Reed's collection in a drone-based sonic installation curated by his former guitar technician Stuart Hurwood. Anderson will perform live with violist Eyvind Kang and saxophonist Ulrich Krieger. "Something between an installation and performance," says Anderson, "this piece features the hypnotic overtones and harmonics of guitar feedback."

The residency concludes with a return to Miner Auditorium on Sunday for a program called Scenes from My Radio Play. It "will be themes and variations on the characters and situations in the play," Anderson says. "Fred Frith will join me in invoking hypnosis, memory, old juke joints, canoe trips and love."

For more on all of the above and limited tickets where available, visit sfjazz.org.

Laurie Anderson's latest album, Landfall, released earlier this year on Nonesuch, is a collaboration with San Francisco's own Kronos Quartet. The Washington Post calls it "riveting, gorgeous." To pick up a copy, head to your local music store, iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. You can also listen to the album on Spotify and Apple Music.

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