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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of September 27–29

Inside Llewyn Davis

The one-night only benefit concert Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis,” inspired by music from the upcoming Coen Brothers’ film, Inside Llewyn Davis, which is set in the 1960's Greenwich Village folk music scene, takes place at The Town Hall in New York City on Sunday. Produced by the film’s writer and directors Joel and Ethan Coen, the film’s executive music producer T Bone Burnett and producer Scott Rudin, the sold-out, star-studded concert reunites the trio behind O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the highly successful concert events launched in conjunction with that film. Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis” will feature live performances of the film’s music, as well as songs from the early 1960s that inspired the film. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation. Showtime will air the concert nationally on Friday, December 13, at 9 PM ET/PT.

Artists performing at the concert include The Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lake Street Dive, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, The Milk Carton Kids, Keb’ Mo’, Marcus Mumford, Bob Neuwirth, Conor Oberst, Punch Brothers, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Secret Sisters, Patti Smith, Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, and Jack White. Stars of the film will also perform at the event, including Oscar Isaac (who plays the title role in the film), Carey Mulligan, Adam Driver, Stark Sands and John Goodman.

Inside Llewyn Davis receives its New York premiere at the New York Film Festival this Saturday and will begin its US theatrical run on December 6.


Sam Amidon concludes a four-night run supporting Josh Ritter with two performances in Pennsylvania—at Bucknell University’s Weis Center for the Performing Arts in Lewisburg tonight, and the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg on Saturday—and a show at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland, on Sunday. Amidon’s North American headline tour continues through mid-October, featuring music from his Nonesuch debut album, Bright Sunny South, which was released on vinyl earlier this week.


The new Laurie Anderson exhibition Landfall opens at the University of Texas’ Visual Arts Center in Austin tonight. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, runs through December 7 and is part of the second phase of Anderson’s residency at the University as a visiting professor, which also included a public discussion about collaboration last night. Speaking of collaboration, for her final visit, Anderson and Kronos Quartet give the Texas premiere of her new piece Landfall at the Bass Concert Hall on October 16.

In advance of this visit, Anderson spoke with the Austin Chronicle on the subject of collaboration. You can read what she has to say at


Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club performs at Butler University’s Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis tonight, before rounding out the Midwestern leg of their US tour with two sold-out sets in Illinois: at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on Saturday and Chicago’s Symphony Center on Sunday.

The all-Cuban Orquesta features lead vocalists Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa, trumpeter Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal, trombonist “Aguaje” Ramos, and laúd player Barbarito Torres, all of whom count themselves among the original Buena Vista ensemble. Opening the two sets in Illinois with his quintet is Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, who has collaborated and toured with Buena Vista Social Club members since 2001. The US tour continues through mid-October with stops in Fort Worth, Austin, Atlanta, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and New York.


Jeremy Denk, who was awarded a 2013 MacArthur fellowship (aka “genius” grant) earlier this week, joins the Colorado University Symphony at the Macky Auditorium Concert Hall in Boulder tonight. On the program is Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, followed by Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2. Directly preceding the concert is a discussion with the series’ artistic director Hsing-Ay Hsu.

Denk’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations is due out this Monday in the US (October 21 internationally) and available to pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store. You can also stream it in full as an NPR First Listen till release day.

You can the pianist anything when he participates in a Reddit AMA with fellow newly minted MacArthur fellow choreographer Kyle Abraham today starting at 5 PM ET. Head to to join the conversation.


Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell kick off the California leg of their North American fall tour with a performance at California State University’s Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge tonight, and the Christopher Cohan Center in San Luis Obispo on Saturday. The tour features music from their recently released duo album Old Yellow Moon, which took home the Americana Music Award for Album of the Year last week in Nashville.


Iron and Wine brings the music of its recently released Nonesuch debut album, Ghost on Ghost, to the Chicago Theatre tonight, before heading north to the Sound Academy in Toronto on Saturday to conclude the first leg of their fall tour, which picks up again in Los Angeles on Halloween.

In a review of the recent Iron and Wine concert in Saskatchewan, the StarPhoenix describes singer-songwriter Sam Beam’s “captivating” performance and writes of his 12-piece band: “his backing singers filled the venue with heavenly sound, a string trio added a touch of drama, and a horn/woodwind section gave the night a jazzy feel.”


Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra begin a three-day residency with Slava Polunin and his Snow Show in Kaliningrad, Russia, tonight, marking the first of five performances, with additional matinee and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday. Kremer and the orchestra head next to Frankfurt for a four-day residency at the Kronberg Academy Festival starting Wednesday.


Audra McDonald, who performed at First Lady Michelle Obama’s special event for the spouses of UN General Assembly members at The Studio Museum in Harlem earlier this week, heads up to Canada this weekend to usher in the Royal Conservatory’s 2013–2014 season at Koerner Hall in Toronto on Saturday. During the Opening Night Gala, McDonald performs songs from her new album, Go Back Home, as well as other songs from the American songbook.


Punch Brothers play a set on the main Red Hat Amphitheater Stage at the Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, today, before returning to New York for the aforementioned Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis” concert at The Town Hall in New York City on Sunday.


Joshua Redman and his quartet—pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson—perform at the Sheslow Auditorium in Des Moines on Saturday. They perform selections form Redman’s newest album, Walking Shadows, on which his “tenor is simply gorgeous,” says Audiophile Audition, “fully emotive with a sensual flair.” Redman launches his European tour on Monday.


Rokia Traoré continues the European leg of her tour with a headline set the Düsseldorf Festival! at Burgplatz in Düsseldorf on Sunday. The performance draws from her album Beautiful Africa, which was released in the US earlier this week. Traoré discussed the album with NPR’s All Things Considered earlier this week; you can listen to the piece here.


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