Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of January 11–13
Cayamo cruises through the Caribbean with Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, and Sara Watkins, who also guests on A Prairie Home Companion ... Jeremy Denk plays Ives in NYC, Bach in Los Alamos ... Fatoumata Diawara performs at Globalfest in NYC ... Einstein on the Beach concludes Amsterdam run ... Emmylou Harris tours the Midwest ... Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica join Slava's Snow Show in Estonia ... Kronos Quartet opens Napa Valley Opera House classical series ... Rokia Traoré launches Australia tour at Sydney Festival ... and more ...
Shawn Colvin, who celebrated a birthday yesterday; Rodney Crowell, who makes his Nonesuch debut with the next month's release of Old Yellow Moon, a collaborative album with Emmylou Harris; and Sara Watkins are among the dozens of musicians to set sail with Cayamo, the music-filled voyage at sea now in its sixth edition, as it departs from Miami this Sunday for a sold-out, seven-day journey through song. These singer/songwriters and others—including Lyle Lovett, Richard Thompson, Buddy Miller, Keb' Mo', Teddy Thompson, and more—join their fans aboard the Norwegian Pearl as it makes its way from Miami to Puerto Rico, Antigua, and Tortola, returning Sunday, January 20.
Prior to the Cayamo departure, Sara Watkins joins Garrison Keillor and the cast of A Prairie Home Companion for a live broadcast performance of the show from the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco Saturday afternoon. Watkins is a frequent guest on the show and even once guest hosted for Keillor. Tune in on your local public radio station, SiriusXM satellite radio channel Sirius 123, or online at prairiehome.org.
Jeremy Denk, who closed out 2012 landing on NPR Music's year-end-best list for his Nonesuch debut album, Ligeti/Beethoven, has begun his 2013 concert season, touring the United States. He is close to home tonight for an evening at the 92nd Street Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York City titled Words and Music: Charles Ives and American Transcendentalism. Denk performs sections of Ives' Sonata and reads from writers like Emerson and Thoreau who lend their names to its movements.
Denk then heads across the country to perform Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze and selections from Bach's "Goldberg Variations" at the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos, New Mexico, on Saturday.
Malian-French singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara makes a short trip to the United States for a set at the 10th annual Globalfest concert at Webster Hall in New York City on Sunday. "Diawara plays quietly urgent songs that highlight her silky low voice," writes the Star-Ledger's Marty Lipp in a preview of Sunday's event. "Underneath her emotional singing, Diawara juxtaposes a soft thicket of percussion, with a resulting sound that melds western and African sensibilities."
Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s seminal work, Einstein on the Beach, concludes its six-performance run at Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam with sold-out shows tonight and Saturday night. The Amsterdam performances of Einstein on the Beach are part of a major international tour that began a year ago—nearly 40 years after it was first performed and 20 years since its previous production—and has made stops in Montpellier, Italy, Toronto, London, Brooklyn, Berkeley, and Mexico City. The tour heads next to the Hong Kong Arts Festival in March, followed by stops in Melbourne, Australia, in July and August and Los Angeles at LA Opera in October.
Emmylou Harris closes out a week of early 2013 tour dates with two performances in the Midwest this weekend: at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegen, Illinois, tonight and at the Sauder Concert Hall at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, on Saturday.
Later this month, Harris performs in two special benefit concerts: at The Cannery in Newport Beach, California, to support her dog rescue, Bonaparte's Retreat, and at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville to support Music Health Alliance and the Cowboy Jack Clement Fund. Dan Auerbach and Rodney Crowell are among the other musicians also performing at the latter event.
Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra join Slava Polunin and his Snow Show for a performance at the Nokia Kontserdimaja in Tallinn, Estonia, on Saturday. The wintry music-making continues when the Snow Show heads to Vilnius on Monday.
Kronos Quartet opens the new classical series at the Napa Valley Opera House in Napa, California, with a performance tonight featuring works by Laurie Anderson, Bryce Dessner, Café Tacuba, Omar Souleyman, Sigur Rós, Richard Wagner, and more. The Napa Valley Register, in an article previewing the concert, describes Kronos as "one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time."
Rokia Traoré, whose new album is due out on Nonesuch this spring, launches a six-concert tour of Australia this weekend. The tour is centered around the three-show series on concerts, Damou (Dream), Donke (Dance), and Donguili (Sing), in the Sydney Festival, starting with Sunday's performance of Damou at The Famous Spiegeltent in the Honda Festival Garden of Sydney's Hyde Park. The tour continues through to a week from Sunday.
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Conor Oberst has shared the music video for "Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out," from his forthcoming album, Salutations. The video, directed by Greg Marinaccio, was filmed at the very same bar in Manhattan's East Village that inspired the song. You can watch it here and download the track (and three others) now when you pre-order Salutations. Oberst, with The Felice Brothers as his backing band, will tour in support of Salutations beginning March 9 in his hometown of Omaha, including several just-announced new dates.
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Rhiannon Giddens has announced an extensive US tour this spring, including several new shows that go on sale this Friday, the day her new album, Freedom Highway, will be released. Following several intimate performances in the Northeast in March with Dirk Powell, with whom she co-produced the album, and a performance in a multi-artist tribute to Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall, Giddens heads to Europe and Australia to tour. She returns to the US in April to tour, starting at the Stagecoach festival in California on April 28. The tour includes headline shows throughout the country and festival sets at New Orleans Jazz Fest, Newport Folk, Newport Jazz, Spoleto, ROMP, and more.