Skip to Navigation


Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of February 21–23

Jonny Greenwood 2012a by S. Katan

Jonny Greenwood and soloists from the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) join forces for a sold-out performance at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London on Sunday. The program includes music from three film soundtracks by the Radiohead guitarist and composer, all of which were released on Nonesuch Records: writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s films The Master (2012) and There Will Be Blood (2007) and director Tran Anh Hung’s 2011 film adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s bestselling novel Norwegian Wood. (The LCO performs on the most recent of these recordings, The Master.) In addition, this special one-off performance includes the premiere of new material by Greenwood, as well as works by Bach, Purcell, and LCO Composer-in-Association Edmund Finnis.

“I’m writing music just for this performance at the moment,” Greenwood recently told The Quietus about Sunday’s show. “I’m preparing some microtonal things for the LCO to play – but waiting to see how they sound when we get to the venue.” The Wapping Hydraulic Project was built in 1890 as a steam-pumping power station and later converted to an arts center and restaurant that still feature some of the original equipment, providing a unique backdrop for the event. “Big cavernous halls lend themselves to different kind of songs,” Greenwood tells The Quietus, “and it’ll be refreshing to have the same luxury at a classical concert.”

Greenwood also spoke with NME about performing his own orchestral work alongside their classical antecedents. “Some of the film cues are similar in their harmonies,” he says. “I still tend to write stuff that starts as chord-sequences and once you apply them to strings, you realise that these are often echoes of very old ideas.” There’s much more in full interview, available

At the end of March, Jonny Greenwood comes to the States, performing his film music with the Wordless Music Orchestra and giving his own performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Reich is the festival’s artist in residence.) In May, Greenwood joins the BBC Concert Orchestra to perform selections from There Will Be Blood and performs the Reich piece in London’s Barbican Hall, as part of Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records, the Barbican's marathon weekend celebrating Nonesuch Records's 50th anniversary.


John Adams, who kicked off a three-week residency with the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España (OCNE) in Madrid on Wednesday, leads the orchestra in three nights of a Beethoven-inspired program at the Auditorio Nacional de Música’s Sala Sinfónica tonight, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon, performing the overture to Beethoven's Fidelio in E major, Op. 72, followed by two of his own: Absolute Jest, a piece inspired by late Beethoven scherzos performed with the Attacca Quartet, and Harmonielehre, which can be heard on his first recording for Nonesuch from nearly 30 years ago.

As noted earlier this week in the Nonesuch Journal, the residency, titled Carta Blanca a John Adams, includes performances of his works; talks with the composer; a performance by Jeremy Denk; film screenings of The Death of Klinghoffer and I Am Love; and a collaborative session with area students.


Bombino concludes his five-week tour of Europe at De Casino in Sint Niklass, Belgium, on Saturday, and Luxor Live in Arnhem, the Netherlands, late Sunday night. Bringing with him the music of his 2013 Nonesuch album, Nomad, he and his band return to the US in the spring.


Shawn Colvin brings the music of her latest Nonesuch album, All Fall Down, and more to Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut, on Sunday, followed by stops in Virginia and Maryland next week. She rejoins her longtime friend and fellow singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter with the New York Philharmonic for two nights at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City next weekend, and joins fellow singer-songwriter Steve Earle for a special run of tour dates in March.


Pianist Jeremy Denk joins the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and conductor Eckart Preu at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox in Spokane, Washington, on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. On the program are James MacMillan’s Three Interludes from The Sacrifice, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1. Denk, who recently released a Nonesuch recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations to critical acclaim, offers a free master class at the same theater this afternoon.


Fatoumata Diawara continues her North American tour at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont, tonight, and heads north of the border to perform at L'Astral in Montréal on Saturday. She next takes the month-long tour, featuring music from her album Fatou, back to the States for a run of dates in California.


Pianist Richard Goode offers a solo piano recital at Handelsbeurs Concert Hall in Gent, Belgium, tonight. The program features the first dozen of Debussy's Préludes (Book 1), Chopin’s Four Mazurkas and his Fantasie Polonaise, Op. 61, as well as three piano compositions by Schubert: Impromptu No. 1 and No. 3, Op. 90 / D. 899, and Klavierstücke D. 946, the last of which Goode recorded on Nonesuch Records more than 35 years ago. Goode continues his European run of solo dates in the UK before returning to the US in March.


Iron and Wine, aka singer-songwriter Sam Beam, takes his US tour to three southern states this weekend, performing at The NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia, tonight, and sold-out shows at the McGlohon Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday, and Charleston Music Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday. The tour, featuring songs from the 2013 album Ghost on Ghost and more, heads next to six cities in Florida.


Kronos Quartet, continuing its ongoing relationship with the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, joins Trio Da Kali for its US performance debut at the Center’s Dekelboum Concert Hall in College Park, Maryland, on Saturday.

Bringing with them the Mande culture of southern Mali, the Trio Da Kali features Fode Lassana Diabaté on a 22-key balafon, vocalist Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, and bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté. Late last year, Kronos and the trio gave a small preview of their collaborative piece to an audience in Berkeley, California, which Bachtrack described as “an impassioned performance of a love song from Kita, Western Mali, that was part Afropop, part quartet, part improvisational jazz.” As well as the world premiere of the Kronos and Trio Da Kali collaboration, this weekend’s program also includes Bryce Dessner’s Aheym and Valentin Silvestrov’s String Quartet No. 3. Following the performance, Kronos Quartet and Trio da Kali participate in a talk back to discuss their work.

For a fourth consecutive year, Kronos partnered with the University of Maryland’s School of Music composition students to compose new music, which culminated in a free performance at the Gildenhorn Recital Hall last night.


Audra McDonald performs at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Saturday. Backed by an instrumental trio led by music director Andy Einhorn on piano, McDonald performs an evening of classic standards, favorite show tunes, and original pieces, including songs from her latest Nonesuch album, Go Back Home.


Pat Metheny Unity Group—woodwind player Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Ben Williams, and multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi—continues its world tour at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas, tonight, and Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, Arizona, on Sunday.

The group’s just-released Nonesuch debut album, Kin (←→), debuted in the top spot on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. “There's constant energy between Metheny and his band,” writes the Philadelphia Inquirer's A.D. Amorosi. “With effusion and electricity, Kin proves that Metheny's sound is as mature as it is teasingly young.” Next up on the west coast leg of the Unity Group’s tour are performances in Nevada, California, and Oregon.


Sara Watkins sets sail on a six-night Western Caribbean cruise departing Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this Sunday and running through March 1, as a part of JoCo Cruise Crazy 4 (JCC4). This marks Watkins’s second year aboard the cruise, which features a number of other acts including Jonathan Coulton, who last year surprised JCC3 attendees with a cover of the song “Same Mistakes,” from her self-titled Nonesuch debut album.

Once back on land, Sara begins preparations for her upcoming reunion tour with Nickel Creek. The tour, set to kick off mid-April in Nashville, is the band’s first US tour since 2007 and will feature music from their upcoming Nonesuch release, A Dotted Line, due out April 1 and now available for pre-order in the Nonesuch Store.


Post new comment

Your email address is kept private and will not be shown publicly.