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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of May 30–June 1

  • Friday, May 30, 2014
    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of May 30–June 1

    Toumani Diabaté joins his eldest son, Sidiki, for a duo performance at the Barbican Hall in London tonight, rounding out Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records, the Barbican’s month-long celebration of Nonesuch at 50. This follows recent Explorations concerts by Jeremy Denk; Emmylou Harris, whose performance of her recently reissued album Wrecking Ball earned four stars from Financial Times (“its songs of redemption were all the more poignant for the passing of time”); and Caetano Veloso, whose set receives five stars across the board from the Times, Guardian, and The Arts Desk.

    Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté returns to the Barbican with Sidiki for an evening of songs from their new album, Toumani & Sidiki. “My first toy was the kora, a little kora. It had seven strings,” Sidiki, representing the 78th generation of a family of Diabaté griots, tells the Guardian, citing an early foundation for this father-and-son pairing. “Toumani showed me the basics and left me to trace my own path.” On passing the torch, Toumani notes “The knowledge of music, the talent, it's a divine transmission through blood, from father to son.” Read the full article at theguardian.com. Toumani and Sidiki launch a tour of the United States this fall.

    Also this fall, Nonesuch Records’ anniversary festivities continue across the Atlantic at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), which presents Nonesuch Records at BAM: Celebrating a Label Without Labels, a wide-ranging series of concerts, September 9–28, in New York City. Tickets are on sale now at bam.org.

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    Emmylou Harris and Youssou N’Dour are among the artists who helped celebrate this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The ceremony, which took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in April, will be broadcast this Saturday at 9 PM on HBO. Harris joins Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, and Carrie Underwood in a musical homage to inductee Linda Ronstadt, and N’Dour joins inductee Peter Gabriel for a return to their famed 1986 collaboration, performing Gabrield's "In Your Eyes." For additional details, visit hbo.com.

    Harris, a strong supporter of Crossroads Campus’ efforts to find homes for abandoned animals, performs a concert at the nonprofit Crossroads Pet Shop in Nashville on Saturday morning, as part of the store’s one-year anniversary celebration and adoption event. She then heads out West to join fellow singer/songwriter John Prine for an all-ages show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on Sunday.

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    John Adams’s El Niño, the debut recording of which was released on Nonesuch Records in 2001, receives for the last of three performances at the Memminger Auditorium in Charleston, South Carolina, as part of the 2014 Spoleto Festival USA, tonight. This presentation of Adams’s nativity oratorio, featuring a staged production directed and designed by John La Bouchardière, “ensures that the story is arrestingly told,” says the Financial Times in a four-star review, “while leaving ample leeway for interpretive elaboration by solo singers and chorus.”

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    Bombino continues his European festival tour with a set at the Mednarodni Festival Druga Godba in Ljubljana, Slovenia, tonight, followed by two sets in Italy: at the Mercati Generali in Catania on Saturday, as part of the Festival La Natura della Mente, and the Piazza Duomo in Cremona on Sunday for the Festival Le Corde dell’Anima. The Tuareg guitarist brings the music of his Nonesuch debut album, Nomad, to three more Italian cities in the week ahead.

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    Kronos Quartet performs a set at the Parc del Fòrum’s Auditori Rockdelux in Barcelona on Saturday, as part of the Primavera Sound Festival. On the eclectic program are pieces written for Kronos by Bryce Dessner, Nicole Lizée, Terry Riley, and Cafe Tacvba, as well as works by Laurie Anderson, Clint Mansell, and Geeshie Wiley. The concert also includes a piece from the Quartet’s latest album, A Thousand Thoughts: Omar Souleyman’s Syrian folk-pop song La Sidounak Sayyada. Kronos heads next to the Netherlands for a three-night residency at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam next weekend.

    Bookending the Quartet’s performance at the Primavera Sound Festival are two sets by Dr. John: on the Ray-Ban stage in Barcelona tonight and the Sala Shoko in Madrid on Sunday. The New Orleans native son offers songs from his Nonesuch album, Locked Down, as well as favorites from throughout his storied career.

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    Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra perform at Konzertsaal in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Saturday, as part of Zaubersee—Russian Music Lucerne 2014. On the program are Bernstein’s Serenade, Podgaits’ Viva Voce for accordion and strings, and Weinberg’s Kammersinfonie No. 4, Op. 153. Kremer and his orchestra bring the same Bernstein and Weinberg pieces to the Trifolion in Luxemburg on Saturday, for the Festival International Echternach, before kicking off the XI Kremerata Baltica Festival in their hometown of Riga in the week ahead.

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    Brad Mehldau offers a solo set at the Festival Jazz sous les Pommiers in Coutances, France, on Saturday afternoon. He returns to France this summer while on tour with Mehliana, his electric duo with drummer Mark Guiliana; they released their debut album, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, on Nonesuch Records earlier this year.

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    Pat Metheny Unity Group—woodwind player Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Ben Williams, and multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi—round out the Polish leg of their European tour in three cities this weekend: at Sala Ziemi in Poznań tonight; Congress Hall in Warsaw on Saturday; and Zamek Ksiazat Pomorskich in Szczecin on Sunday. The group brings the music of its recently released Nonesuch album, Kin (←→), and more to Brussels before kicking off the French leg of the tour in the days ahead.

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    Conor Oberst performs the second of two sold-out shows at Metro in Chicago tonight and continues the Midwestern leg of his tour at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on Saturday and First Avenue in Minneapolis on Sunday. Oberst and the band Dawes, which is backing him as special guest on the tour, return to his hometown of Omaha for a show at Sokol Auditorium on Wednesday.

    The video for “Zigzagging Toward the Light,” off Oberst’s just- released Nonesuch debut album, Upside Down Mountain, premiered earlier this week via Rolling Stone, which calls the album Oberst's “best work in years.”

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    Joshua Redman joins blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite for two sets at the Jackson Theater in Santa Rosa, California, on Sunday, as part of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival: an early set from the Joshua Redman Quartet—with Aaron Goldberg, Joe Sanders, and Gregory Hutchinson—with Musselwhite as guest, followed by a set from Musselwhite’s band with Redman as guest. Redman and his Quartet then travel across the world to perform festival sets in New Zealand and Australia in the week ahead. Nonesuch Records is set to release Redman’s forthcoming album, Trios Live, on June 17.

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    Rokia Traoré performs selections from her latest Nonesuch album, Beautiful Africa, and more at the SummerJazz Festival in Leiden, the Netherlands, on Sunday.

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    Sara Watkins and her brother Sean return to Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles for their regular musical series The Watkins Family Hour on Saturday. Special guests at this weekend's show include Ben Lee and Garrison Starr.

    Sara and Sean Watkins reunited with fellow Nickel Creek band mate Chris Thile for a new album, A Dotted Line, and tour earlier this year. Fans around the world can tune in to Nickel Creek's session on World Cafe, airing this afternoon on NPR stations across the US and online at xpn.org. Nickel Creek performs at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June and resumes its US tour in July.

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on May 28, 2014 - 5:09pm
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Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté close out the Barbican's Explorations celebration of Nonesuch at 50 ... Emmylou Harris, Youssou N’Dour perform on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, airing on HBO ... Bombino tours Italy ... Kronos Quartet, Dr. John are at Primavera Sound in Spain ... Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica tour Europe ... Brad Mehldau solos in France ... Pat Metheny Unity Group plays Poland ... Conor Oberst tours Midwest ... Joshua Redman is in California ... Rokia Traoré is in the Netherlands ... Sara Watkins is in LA for Watkins Family Hour, Nickel Creek is on NPR's World Cafe ... and more ...

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Toumani Diabaté joins his eldest son, Sidiki, for a duo performance at the Barbican Hall in London tonight, rounding out Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records, the Barbican’s month-long celebration of Nonesuch at 50. This follows recent Explorations concerts by Jeremy Denk; Emmylou Harris, whose performance of her recently reissued album Wrecking Ball earned four stars from Financial Times (“its songs of redemption were all the more poignant for the passing of time”); and Caetano Veloso, whose set receives five stars across the board from the Times, Guardian, and The Arts Desk.

Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté returns to the Barbican with Sidiki for an evening of songs from their new album, Toumani & Sidiki. “My first toy was the kora, a little kora. It had seven strings,” Sidiki, representing the 78th generation of a family of Diabaté griots, tells the Guardian, citing an early foundation for this father-and-son pairing. “Toumani showed me the basics and left me to trace my own path.” On passing the torch, Toumani notes “The knowledge of music, the talent, it's a divine transmission through blood, from father to son.” Read the full article at theguardian.com. Toumani and Sidiki launch a tour of the United States this fall.

Also this fall, Nonesuch Records’ anniversary festivities continue across the Atlantic at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), which presents Nonesuch Records at BAM: Celebrating a Label Without Labels, a wide-ranging series of concerts, September 9–28, in New York City. Tickets are on sale now at bam.org.

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Emmylou Harris and Youssou N’Dour are among the artists who helped celebrate this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The ceremony, which took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in April, will be broadcast this Saturday at 9 PM on HBO. Harris joins Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, and Carrie Underwood in a musical homage to inductee Linda Ronstadt, and N’Dour joins inductee Peter Gabriel for a return to their famed 1986 collaboration, performing Gabrield's "In Your Eyes." For additional details, visit hbo.com.

Harris, a strong supporter of Crossroads Campus’ efforts to find homes for abandoned animals, performs a concert at the nonprofit Crossroads Pet Shop in Nashville on Saturday morning, as part of the store’s one-year anniversary celebration and adoption event. She then heads out West to join fellow singer/songwriter John Prine for an all-ages show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on Sunday.

---

John Adams’s El Niño, the debut recording of which was released on Nonesuch Records in 2001, receives for the last of three performances at the Memminger Auditorium in Charleston, South Carolina, as part of the 2014 Spoleto Festival USA, tonight. This presentation of Adams’s nativity oratorio, featuring a staged production directed and designed by John La Bouchardière, “ensures that the story is arrestingly told,” says the Financial Times in a four-star review, “while leaving ample leeway for interpretive elaboration by solo singers and chorus.”

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Bombino continues his European festival tour with a set at the Mednarodni Festival Druga Godba in Ljubljana, Slovenia, tonight, followed by two sets in Italy: at the Mercati Generali in Catania on Saturday, as part of the Festival La Natura della Mente, and the Piazza Duomo in Cremona on Sunday for the Festival Le Corde dell’Anima. The Tuareg guitarist brings the music of his Nonesuch debut album, Nomad, to three more Italian cities in the week ahead.

---

Kronos Quartet performs a set at the Parc del Fòrum’s Auditori Rockdelux in Barcelona on Saturday, as part of the Primavera Sound Festival. On the eclectic program are pieces written for Kronos by Bryce Dessner, Nicole Lizée, Terry Riley, and Cafe Tacvba, as well as works by Laurie Anderson, Clint Mansell, and Geeshie Wiley. The concert also includes a piece from the Quartet’s latest album, A Thousand Thoughts: Omar Souleyman’s Syrian folk-pop song La Sidounak Sayyada. Kronos heads next to the Netherlands for a three-night residency at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam next weekend.

Bookending the Quartet’s performance at the Primavera Sound Festival are two sets by Dr. John: on the Ray-Ban stage in Barcelona tonight and the Sala Shoko in Madrid on Sunday. The New Orleans native son offers songs from his Nonesuch album, Locked Down, as well as favorites from throughout his storied career.

---

Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra perform at Konzertsaal in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Saturday, as part of Zaubersee—Russian Music Lucerne 2014. On the program are Bernstein’s Serenade, Podgaits’ Viva Voce for accordion and strings, and Weinberg’s Kammersinfonie No. 4, Op. 153. Kremer and his orchestra bring the same Bernstein and Weinberg pieces to the Trifolion in Luxemburg on Saturday, for the Festival International Echternach, before kicking off the XI Kremerata Baltica Festival in their hometown of Riga in the week ahead.

---

Brad Mehldau offers a solo set at the Festival Jazz sous les Pommiers in Coutances, France, on Saturday afternoon. He returns to France this summer while on tour with Mehliana, his electric duo with drummer Mark Guiliana; they released their debut album, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, on Nonesuch Records earlier this year.

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Pat Metheny Unity Group—woodwind player Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Ben Williams, and multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi—round out the Polish leg of their European tour in three cities this weekend: at Sala Ziemi in Poznań tonight; Congress Hall in Warsaw on Saturday; and Zamek Ksiazat Pomorskich in Szczecin on Sunday. The group brings the music of its recently released Nonesuch album, Kin (←→), and more to Brussels before kicking off the French leg of the tour in the days ahead.

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Conor Oberst performs the second of two sold-out shows at Metro in Chicago tonight and continues the Midwestern leg of his tour at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on Saturday and First Avenue in Minneapolis on Sunday. Oberst and the band Dawes, which is backing him as special guest on the tour, return to his hometown of Omaha for a show at Sokol Auditorium on Wednesday.

The video for “Zigzagging Toward the Light,” off Oberst’s just- released Nonesuch debut album, Upside Down Mountain, premiered earlier this week via Rolling Stone, which calls the album Oberst's “best work in years.”

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Joshua Redman joins blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite for two sets at the Jackson Theater in Santa Rosa, California, on Sunday, as part of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival: an early set from the Joshua Redman Quartet—with Aaron Goldberg, Joe Sanders, and Gregory Hutchinson—with Musselwhite as guest, followed by a set from Musselwhite’s band with Redman as guest. Redman and his Quartet then travel across the world to perform festival sets in New Zealand and Australia in the week ahead. Nonesuch Records is set to release Redman’s forthcoming album, Trios Live, on June 17.

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Rokia Traoré performs selections from her latest Nonesuch album, Beautiful Africa, and more at the SummerJazz Festival in Leiden, the Netherlands, on Sunday.

 ---

Sara Watkins and her brother Sean return to Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles for their regular musical series The Watkins Family Hour on Saturday. Special guests at this weekend's show include Ben Lee and Garrison Starr.

Sara and Sean Watkins reunited with fellow Nickel Creek band mate Chris Thile for a new album, A Dotted Line, and tour earlier this year. Fans around the world can tune in to Nickel Creek's session on World Cafe, airing this afternoon on NPR stations across the US and online at xpn.org. Nickel Creek performs at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June and resumes its US tour in July.

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