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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of April 19–21

Kronos Quartet & Laurie Anderson by Jay Blakesberg

This Saturday is Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record stores around the world. Stay tuned to the Nonesuch Journal for details on Record Store Day releases out tomorrow. In the meantime, here's a listing of some of the great live music being made this weekend.


Kronos Quartet and Laurie Anderson give the West Coast premiere of the evening-length work Landfall, written by Anderson for Kronos, with two performances at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall (which co-commissioned the piece) this weekend, Saturday and Sunday nights. The artists gave the world premiere of Landfall at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in Maryland on February 1 and brought the piece to Australia as part of their tour of the country that month.

“These are stories with tempos,” says Anderson. “Threaded through the stories in Landfall is an account of Hurricane Sandy, which blew through New York just as I was finishing the work.” The piece combines these two artists’ distinct personalities and musical styles, offering a new sort of interplay between text and music. Through the use of the custom-built software programs, such as Wordjam and ERST, instruments are able to initiate language within the piece.

You can read more about the piece, the story behind its title, and the impetus behind the collaboration in a San Jose Mercury News article at and more on Anderson and what's to come in a Palo Alto Daily News article also at

Kronos Quartet and Laurie Anderson will next present Landfall at Montclair State University in New Jersey in May and will give its European premiere at Barbican Hall in London on June 28.


Carolina Chocolate Drops take their US tour down south for two festivals this weekend, performing at the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion in Driftwood, Texas, outside of Austin tonight, as part of the Old Settler’s Music Festival, and the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday, for Tuck Fest.


Following her solo tour of Australia, Shawn Colvin has resumed her North American duo tour with longtime friend Mary Chapin Carpenter with a swing through the Northwest, including two shows in Washington this weekend: at Benaroya Hall in Seattle tonight and the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane on Saturday. The two perform material spanning their vast catalogs, including selections from Colvin’s latest Nonesuch release All Fall Down, as well as some of their favorite songs by other singer-songwriters.


Fatoumata Diawara begins the Southern and final leg of her current US tour at Tricky Falls in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday. She travels all the way across the state for an afternoon performance at the Houston International Festival (iFest)'s Bud Light World Music Stage on Sunday. The Houston Chronicle includes Diawara on its list of Three to Watch for at iFest. The tour concludes with three festive nights in Louisiana next week. Diawara returns to the States in June for a set at Bonnaroo and a show at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.


Dr. John performs at Ohio’s State Theatre in Cleveland tonight as part of Cuyahoga Community College’s Tri-C JazzFest, co-headlining with fellow New Orleans native son Aaron Neville. The following Friday, he returns to his Big Easy hometown to kick off the first weekend of New Orleans’ JazzFest.


Violinist Gidon Kremer joins the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andrey Boreyko for a trio of performances at Tonhalle Düsseldorf tonight, Sunday morning, and Monday evening. On the program are works by Wagner and Bruckner, as well as the German premiere of Victor Kissine’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.


Nonesuch labelmates Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau conclude their whirlwind US duo tour with two final concerts this weekend: at Chicago’s Symphony Center tonight and Austin’s Paramount Theater in Texas on Saturday. Their repertoire includes favorite classical transcriptions, pop covers, and original songs. The Washington Post describes one recent performance as “magical,” concluding: “Their complex work translated to plain-faced beauty: simple, direct and exquisite.”


Rokia Traoré, celebrating the European release of her critically acclaimed new album, Beautiful Africa, concludes her three-night residency at Le Petit Bain in Paris tonight. She continues her tour with a performance at Den Atelier in Luxembourg on Saturday, followed by a number of European headline shows and festival sets in the coming weeks and months. Beautiful Africa is set for a US release later this year.


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