http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/ry-cooder-el-chavez-ravine-on-display-at-san-antonio-art-museum-2009-03-18March 18, 2009|1 comments
In 2004, Ry Cooder commissioned San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez to paint a mural, on a refurbished 1953 Chevy ice cream truck, inspired by the LA Chicano community of Chávez Ravine, whose neighborhood was razed to make way for Dodger Stadium. The community is the subject of Cooder's 2004 album Chávez Ravine. The truck also took the name El Chávez Ravine and is now at the center of a special exhibit at the San Antonio Museum of Art.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsry cooderhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/ry-cooder-and-nick-lowe-to-tour-europe-this-summer-2009-03-03March 03, 2009|50 comments
Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe have announced an intimate, three-week tour of Europe to begin with three nights at Dublin's Olympia Theatre in mid-June. Cooder and Lowe’s working relationship began in the late 1980s, and following two benefit performances together at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco last year—featuring a selection of work from both their celebrated careers—the pair have decided to take their show on the road. They will be joined by Flaco Jimenez on accordion, Joachim Cooder on drums, and vocalist Juliette Commagere.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsry cooderhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/nonesuch-albums-abound-on-year-end-best-lists-2008-12-24December 24, 2008|1 comments
While 2008 may go down as one of the more turbulent years in recent (or distant) memory, or, more optimistically, a time of change, there is much to celebrate in the year in music. Nonesuch artists across all genres have contributed to that and, accordingly, have made their way onto many critics' lists of the year's best. For the final Nonesuch Journal article of the year, we offer an overview of just some of that year-end critical praise.Read more|Journal Topics:Reviews Newsry cooderhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/nonesuch-artists-grab-13-grammy-nominations-2008-12-04December 04, 2008|0 comments
The Grammy nominations are in, and a big congratulations goes out to the many Nonesuch artists whose work has been recognized by the Recording Academy, the organization behind the awards. Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Ry Cooder, Emmylou Harris, Toumani Diabaté, Youssou N'Dour, Stephen Sondheim, Jonny Greenwood, and Isabel Bayrakdarian were all recognized for their recent Nonesuch releases, as were producers Danger Mouse and Judith Sherman for their work on Nonesuch albums this year.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsry cooderhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/six-nonesuch-albums-among-years-gift-worthy-recordings-in-daily-gazette-2008-12-01December 01, 2008|0 comments
With Black Friday thankfully behind us and so-called Cyber Monday now upon us, the Schenectady Daily Gazette offers a number of "gift-worthy recordings" out this year, including six Nonesuch recordings: Isabel Bayrakdarian's "sublime" Gomidas Songs, Ry Cooder's I, Flathead, Emmylou Harris's All I Intended to Be, Randy Newman's Harps and Angels, Orchestra Baobab's Made in Dakar, and Rokia Traoré's "haunting and heart-lifting" Tchamantché.Read more|Journal Topics:ry cooderhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/ry-cooder-tours-california-desert-setting-of-i-flathead-with-ny-times-2008-11-25November 25, 2008|0 comments
Ry Cooder recently took New York Times writer Lawrence Downes on a tour of El Mirage Dry Lake in California's Mojave Desert, the inspiration and setting for I, Flathead, the third and final album in Ry's California trilogy, and its companion novella. Downes describes their destination as "a land of spy planes, space aliens, off-road vehicles, sturdy reptiles and people with freaky desert habits, like racing vintage hot rods on dry lakebeds ... in other words, a critical stop on Ry’s California trail." The day's adventure in the desert with Ry, he writes, "was as though I’d been roaming the Delta with Robert Johnson, or gypsy France with Django Reinhardt."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsry cooderhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/wnycs-soundcheck-examines-the-buena-vista-phenomenon-the-scotsman-gives-new-cd-five-starsOctober 17, 2008|0 comments
When Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall, the two-disc live recording of the renowned Cuban group's unforgettable 1998 concert, was released earlier this week, producer Ry Cooder appeared on WNYC's Soundcheck. Host John Schaefer writes on the show's blog of "the Buena Vista phenomenon" that took place upon the studio album's release, and looks to the new release as "a reminder of why 8 million of us went and bought this record in the first place." The Scotsman gives the new album five stars, suggesting, "There never was, and never will be again, a moment like the one this splendid double-CD eternalises ... [L]et this CD cast its spell on you."Read more|Journal Topics:ry cooderhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/sunday-times-uk-buena-vista-social-club-at-carnegie-hall-cd-captures-captivating-once-in-a-lOctober 14, 2008|1 commentsSunday Times (UK): Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall CDs Capture "Captivating," "Once-in-a-Lifetime Evening"
Today marks the release of the two-CD set Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall, capturing the unforgettable concert event from the legendary Cuban musicians at the esteemed venue a decade ago. To celebrate the release, Ry Cooder stops by WNYC's Soundcheck this afternoon. The Sunday Times (UK) says there's "a poignant air to this recording" of "what was clearly a night of overwhelming emotion ... [T]his was one of those once-in-a-lifetime evenings when the collective spirit of old Havana carried all before it." Nonesuch offers those in the New York City area a rare opportunity to catch the 1999 Wim Wenders documentary about the group, projected onto the big screen at Lincoln Center.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Reviews Radiory cooderhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/ry-cooder-plays-rare-live-performances-in-sf-benefit-eventsSeptember 30, 2008|0 comments
Ry Cooder, fresh off his recent performance at the San Jose Mariachi Festival, makes two more rare live appearance this Thursday and Friday when he reconnects with former bandmates Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner for two concerts at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall to benefit the Richard deLone Special Housing Fund. The San Jose Mercury News talks with Ry about this atypically packed performance schedule, part of "an explosion of productivity" that includes the recent release of his I, Flathead and the new Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall album.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsry cooderhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/rolling-stone-ry-cooders-i-flathead-light-on-flash-heavy-on-feelingAugust 18, 2008|0 comments
Ry Cooder talks to Rolling Stone about I, Flathead, the third in his "California trilogy." The magazine calls the album "light on flash, heavy on feeling." Ry also gives some insight into the forthcoming release of the live album Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall for the tenth anniversary of the group's performance at the Hall. "That was an amazing show," he says. "It has tremendous energy and verve but no aggression at all."