Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of September 7–9
Pat Metheny and his Unity Band—Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, Antonio Sanchez on drums, and Ben Williams on bass—have resumed their US tour featuring music from their recently released self-titled debut album. Metheny and the band take the tour on a swing through the western US, starting with two shows in Colorado this weekend—at the Denver Botanic Gardens tonight and the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen on Saturday—before heading to Utah for two sets at The State Room in Salt Lake City on Sunday night.
In advance of Saturday's show, Metheny spoke with the Aspen Times about the Unity Band album and the musical curiosity that has defined his storied career. "Metheny's output has been marked by an intense restlessness," writes the Times' Stewart Oksenhorn, "a constant desire to see what else he could do." Read the complete article at aspentimes.com.
Next week, the Unity Band hits the Pacific Northwest, including stops in Portland and Spokane and a four-night residency at the Jazz Alley in Seattle.
Jeremy Denk joins the Louisville Orchestra for a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 in the orchestra's season-opening concert at The Kentucky Center in Louisville on Saturday. The Louisville Courier-Journal says that "audience members can rightly expect Denk to play Mozart’s concerto with passion and aplomb."
The Post-Bulletin, out of Rochester, Minnesota, recently reviewed Denk's Nonesuch debut album, Ligeti/Beethoven and says of the titular composers: "American pianist Jeremy Denk brings the two together in a daring and unconventional program that draws out the best of both composers."
Dr. John and his band the Lower 911 featuring Jon Cleary perform in Beaver Creek's Strawberry Park as part of the Beaver Creek Music Experience in Avon, Colorado, on Saturday. The Vail Daily says it's "a not to be missed finale concert" for the summer concert series.
The Nashville Scene, in a feature article previewing Dr. John's performance in Nashville last night, describes his 2012 Nonesuch debut album, Locked Down, as "his best album since his classic 1972–74 trilogy of Dr. John's Gumbo, In the Right Place and Desitively Bonnaroo."
Philip Glass, in advance of the eight-performance run of his 1976 collaboration with Robert Wilson, Einstein at the Beach, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) September 14–23, offers a preview of the opera at The Greene Space in New York City on Saturday afternoon. The special event, titled Philip Glass: An Hour with Einstein, includes a conversation with the composer and a performance featuring members of the production, and is the culmination of Music of Constant Change: A Philip Glass Festival, a six-day celebration on Q2 Music, the online new-music station from WQXR in New York. It will be videocast live, starting at 3 PM ET, at wqxr.org.
Lianne La Havasplays a set in Robin Hill Country Park on the UK's Isle of Wight today, making her Bestival debut. Next week, La Havas heads to North America for concerts at Bowery Ballroom in New York City and Belmont in Montreal and a free in-store performance at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles.
k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang kick off the final leg of their extensive North American tour back in lang's home country of Canada, starting with a performance at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia, on Sunday. They will do so, says Victoria's Times Colonist, "backed by some of the singer's best reviews in recent memory," for their 2011 Nonesuch album, Sing it Loud, which the Ottawa Citizen called "a torch-and-twangtinged stunner."
lang and the band will, in fact, perform at Ottawa's National Arts Centre later this month on one of several stops in Ontario, which also includes three nights at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, as well as stops in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec before the end of September.
Joshua Redmanand his Trio, featuring Reuben Rogers on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums, perform a free set in Gateway Park in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Key Bridge from Washington, DC, as headliners at the 22nd annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival on Saturday. The Washington City Paper calls Redman "one of the most influential tenor saxophonists of the last two decades, equal parts hard-charging aggression (à la Sonny Rollins) and sinuous, atmospheric experimentalist (à la Keith Jarrett)."
The Trio makes its way across the Atlantic next week for a tour of Ireland.
Dawn Upshawcloses out the Ravinia Festival's 2012 summer season when she joins New York chamber orchestra The Knights at Ravinia's Martin Theatre in Highland Park Sunday evening. On the program are works by Debussy, Satie, Couperin, Stravinsky, Ravel, and Milhaud as well as new works including one by Christina Courtin. The show is the culmination of a weekend of season-closing performances also featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman. The Chicago Tribune names Upshaw's concert with The Knights its Pick of the Week.