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Laurie Anderson's "Delusion" to Open BAM's Next Wave Festival; Enter to Win Tickets

  • Tuesday, September 14, 2010
    Laurie Anderson's "Delusion" to Open BAM's Next Wave Festival; Enter to Win Tickets

    Laurie Anderson returns to the BAM stage one week from today, to open the 2010 Next Wave Festival with the New York premiere of her new performance piece, Delusion. The festival will include 12 performances of the piece at the BAM Harvey Theater in Brooklyn, from September 21 to September 26, and September 28 to October 3. To mark the occasion, Nonesuch Records is giving away three pairs of tickets to a weeknight performance of Delusion. To enter to win, simply e-mail info@nonesuch.com or leave a comment below by this Thursday, September 16, at 5 PM ET.

    Says the New York Times: "Expect Ms. Anderson’s grippingly idiosyncratic mixture of speaking, singing and electric violin playing, along with puppetry, Tibetan horns and Arabic strings."

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    Homeland, Anderson's latest Nonesuch release and her first studio album in nearly a decade, has landed at the No. 1 spot on Greil Marcus's Real Life Rock Top Ten in the September issue of The Believer. He considers Homeland to be Anderson's best album yet.

    Marcus calls attention to the album track "Only an Expert," a revised version of which Anderson performed on The Late Show with David Letterman this past summer. It "is not anything anyone could have expected from Laurie Anderson: a pop song," writes Marcus. "The chorus is pure pop, the singer taking pleasure in the momentum of a few words that quickly cease to mean anything—they could be doo-wops. The music is that cool, that unafraid of itself ... This song is very funny for more than seven and a half minutes, and it gets funnier the more you listen to it."

    There's much more at believermag.com.

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    Consequences of Sound, in its review of Homeland, says of Anderson: "Her 40-year career as a performing artist can be described as unclassifiable, which defines and yet defies the odds of how a true artist can be labeled." Reviewer Daniel Kohn goes on to explain: "Thus, it should be no surprise that on Homeland, Anderson’s eerie yet angelic voice grabs your attention along with the unorthodox sounds that support her words. Furthermore, she expands on the time-tested templates of her earlier material, albeit with more singing, violin playing, and unapologetic politics."

    Kohn concludes: "Homeland is consistently unafraid to take chances. But that sums up the artistry of Anderson: indefinable yet avant-garde music at its finest."

    Read the complete review at consequencesofsound.net.

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    To pick up a copy of Homeland, with audiophile-quality 320 kbps MP3s of the album included at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store. For more tour information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

on September 13, 2010 - 5:58pm
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Laurie Anderson opens BAM's 2010 Next Wave Festival next week with the New York premiere of her new piece, Delusion. The festival includes 12 performances of the piece from September 21 to October 3. Nonesuch is giving away three pairs of tickets to a weeknight performance. Read more to find out how. Anderson's new album, Homeland, has landed at No. 1 on The Believer's Real Life Rock Top Ten. Consequences of Sound says Homeland "sums up the artistry of Anderson: indefinable yet avant-garde music at its finest."

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Laurie Anderson returns to the BAM stage one week from today, to open the 2010 Next Wave Festival with the New York premiere of her new performance piece, Delusion. The festival will include 12 performances of the piece at the BAM Harvey Theater in Brooklyn, from September 21 to September 26, and September 28 to October 3. To mark the occasion, Nonesuch Records is giving away three pairs of tickets to a weeknight performance of Delusion. To enter to win, simply e-mail info@nonesuch.com or leave a comment below by this Thursday, September 16, at 5 PM ET.

Says the New York Times: "Expect Ms. Anderson’s grippingly idiosyncratic mixture of speaking, singing and electric violin playing, along with puppetry, Tibetan horns and Arabic strings."

---

Homeland, Anderson's latest Nonesuch release and her first studio album in nearly a decade, has landed at the No. 1 spot on Greil Marcus's Real Life Rock Top Ten in the September issue of The Believer. He considers Homeland to be Anderson's best album yet.

Marcus calls attention to the album track "Only an Expert," a revised version of which Anderson performed on The Late Show with David Letterman this past summer. It "is not anything anyone could have expected from Laurie Anderson: a pop song," writes Marcus. "The chorus is pure pop, the singer taking pleasure in the momentum of a few words that quickly cease to mean anything—they could be doo-wops. The music is that cool, that unafraid of itself ... This song is very funny for more than seven and a half minutes, and it gets funnier the more you listen to it."

There's much more at believermag.com.

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Consequences of Sound, in its review of Homeland, says of Anderson: "Her 40-year career as a performing artist can be described as unclassifiable, which defines and yet defies the odds of how a true artist can be labeled." Reviewer Daniel Kohn goes on to explain: "Thus, it should be no surprise that on Homeland, Anderson’s eerie yet angelic voice grabs your attention along with the unorthodox sounds that support her words. Furthermore, she expands on the time-tested templates of her earlier material, albeit with more singing, violin playing, and unapologetic politics."

Kohn concludes: "Homeland is consistently unafraid to take chances. But that sums up the artistry of Anderson: indefinable yet avant-garde music at its finest."

Read the complete review at consequencesofsound.net.

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To pick up a copy of Homeland, with audiophile-quality 320 kbps MP3s of the album included at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store. For more tour information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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Comments

Can't wait

I have long admired Laurie Anderson as an artist of great conscience and vision. Laurie's art is revolutionary in scope. I find her art, her music, her performances very thought provoking. She appeals to my intelligence. As an educator I share her principles of design and rationale.

I look forward to owning Consequences of Sound Homeland. I would love to see her performance at BAM in 2010. Laurie has always been the next wave in art, science and music.

Peace,
Ed

I still get chills remembering her show at the tower in philly

Love the new album and booklet, which I pre-purchased directly from Nonesuch. Haven't seen her since Strange Angels and i look forward to winning some tx to this NYC gig!

Thanks, Nonesuch!

xxx000

Laurie Anderson's "Delusion" to Open BAM's Next Wave Festival; Enter me to Win.

Thank you!

Fingers crossed

here's hoping...

@Ed Jennings- You are really going to own the entire Consequences of Sound website? Neat!

@nonesuch- My expectations being somewhat more modest, please just enter me in the contest to win tickets for Delusion at BAM's Next Wave.

appreciatively,

Forest Mars

I saw L Anderson at 1 University NYC in the early 70's with her sound machines sitting on the desk, next to her. She was the DJ to her own performance,

Always mystical and terrific.

I've been following and loving Laurie's work since the early 80s. We even got to see her in Scottsdale a few years ago.She is my favorite time traveler...I would cherish her return to AZ.

@Forest Mars - I meant to write Homeland in that sentence not "Consequences of Sound", sorry.

@Nonesuch - Could you edit my original comment by replacing Consequences of Sound with the word, Homeland, for me please? Thank you if you can make that change for me.

Peace,
Ed

O Superwoman! I wrote my undergrad thesis on Laurie in CA in '82. So glad I'm on the right coast so I can catch this super-sounding premiere. But during these tight times, sure would be nice to get lucky...

will an expert be sending me the tickets?

I remember being blown away by Laurie in the '70's when she was a young performing artist in the East Village.
What a remarkable career!
Only An Expert could produce a show like "Homeland".

@Ed, not to worry on that. We've made the change. And thanks to all who've submitted your comments so far or e-mailed info@nonesuch.com. For those who haven't yet, there's still time to enter to win. We'll contact the winners Thursday afternoon.

Laurie has served as my Wry Philosopher for decades! I'd love to see "Delusion", but with transportation costs, I could use some help with tickets.

I would love to see Laurie Anderson at BAM.

oh, internet mojo

-I-L-O-V-E-U-!

YESSSS!!!

Saw Homeland a year ago in NYC. It was awesome. Money is tight now. Hope I win tickets.

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