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  • Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    Sara Watkins returns to New York City, the site of her recent appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, this time to play the Mercury Lounge on the Lower East Side. Time Out New York's "The Volume" blog says you "know you’re in good hands" right from the start of Sara's recently released Nonesuch debut, to its closer: "its simplicity hurts, in a good way." Sara and all the musicians who make guest turns on the album, including its producer John Paul Jones, are to be credited as well: "Their mellow, sweet sound shimmers like the sun on dust motes."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    Amadou & Mariam, who recently released their second Nonesuch album, Welcome to Mali, are scheduled to appear on today's episode of NPR's World Café at 2 PM ET. The new album was featured on PRI's The World Friday as its "Global Hit." Planet magazine says, "Since we first wrote about Amadou and Miriam in 2005, we've remained enchanted by both their music and their affecting story," and cites Welcome to Mali's Damon Albarn–produced opening track, "Sabali," as "a mesmerizing blend of Gorillaz-style electronica and traditional Malian music."

    Journal Topics: Reviews Radio
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    Allen Toussaint Nonesuch solo debut, The Bright Mississippi, is out today. The Washington Post calls it an "exquisite new set of Crescent City-associated jazz" that reveals Toussaint's "great flair and imagination as an interpreter and performer." The Philadelphia Daily News rates it an A-, and Audiophile Audition gives four stars to "one of the finest releases of Toussaint's extensive, storied discography ... Highlights are many." Creative Loafing gives it a perfect five stars, describing it as "nothing short of a revelation, an album ... that both honors and reinvents a number of songs associated with early New Orleans blues and jazz."

    Journal Topics: Album Release Reviews
  • Monday, April 20, 2009

    Nonesuch Records congratulates Steve Reich, who has been awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his piece Double Sextet. The piece received its world premiere on March 26, 2008, at the University of Richmond, in Richmond, Virginia, in a performance by the ensemble eighth blackbird, which commissioned it. The Pulitzer citation calls Double Sextet "a major work that displays an ability to channel an initial burst of energy into a large-scale musical event, built with masterful control and consistently intriguing to the ear." Reich has also been nominated for the 2009 Classical BRIT Awards Composer of the Year Award, for Daniel Variations.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Monday, April 20, 2009

    Allen Toussaint's Nonesuch solo debut album, The Bright Mississippi is set for release tomorrow. "Mr. Toussaint brings to these songs his own elegant, reserved sensibility," says the New York Times. "He doesn’t rip them apart or interrogate them on the harmonic or rhythmic terms with which they’ve usually been met; he shines them up and levels them out into slow-rolling and grandiloquent New Orleans songs, full of tremolo chords and serenity no matter whether they were written by Duke Ellington or Thelonious Monk or Django Reinhardt." The Chicago Tribune gives four stars to the "top-notch" new album; The Independent gives it four stars too and describes Toussaint as "the jewel in New Orleans's crown," citing one track as "a bravura performance that bears out Van Dyke Parks's estimation of Toussaint as 'the greatest piano player alive.'"

    Journal Topics: Album Release On Tour Reviews Radio
  • Monday, April 20, 2009

    Emmylou Harris is among a select group of leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector to be elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a center for independent policy research. The scholars, scientists, jurists, writers, artists, civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders includes Nobel laureates and recipients of the Pulitzer and Pritzker prizes, MacArthur Fellowships, Academy, Grammy, and Tony awards, and the National Medal of Arts.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Monday, April 20, 2009

    Wilco helped mark national Record Store Day this past Saturday with the limited release of their new concert DVD, Ashes of American Flags, through independent music retailers and on nonesuch.com. Fans in Knoxville got to celebrate up-close with Wilco as the band signed copies of the DVD at the local store The Disc Exchange, video coverage of which was posted online by the Knoxville News. Jeff Tweedy spoke with Spin about Wilco's forthcoming studio album, due out in late spring, described as "a mix of pastoral Americana rock (think 2007's Sky Blue Sky) and experimental studio sounds (2002's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)."

    Journal Topics: Album Release On Tour Video Film
  • Friday, April 17, 2009

    David Byrne brings "breahtlessly brilliant" concert (Evening Standard) to the Continent ... Leila Josefowicz play's Adams Violin Concerto with Houston ... Laurie Anderson puts life in focus at Rubin Museum talk ... New World Symphony premieres Andriessen's Vermeer Pictures ... Assads, Salerno-Sonnenberg revisit Gypsy music ... Black Keys play Coachella's main stage ... Carolina Chocolate Drops do Southern festivals, Record Store Day in-store ... Toumani Diabaté does two nights at NYC's Poisson Rouge ... Philip Glass plays northern New England ... Emmylou Harris visits DogTown ... Fred Hersch sets the Jazz Standard ... k.d. lang plays the Canadian Maritimes ... Mandy Patinkin & Patti LuPone do Detroit ... Keersmaker troupe dances to Reich in Dresden ... Sara Watkins plays Vanderbilt ... Wilco releases DVD, signs copies at Knoxville shop for Record Store Day ... and more ...

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews Weekend Events
  • Thursday, April 16, 2009

    Allen Toussaint's Nonesuch solo debut, The Bright Mississippi, is set for release on Tuesday, April 21. You can catch a glimpse of the songs, songwriters, and guest artists on the album and take a look behind-the-scenes with Toussaint at piano and producer Joe Henry at the boards in a short video on nonesuch.com/media. The Detroit Free Press gives the album four stars. Rolling Stone says it's "pure Toussaint, emotionally and structurally expansive, yet as keenly done as one of Toussaint's perfectly knotted ties." Dusted magazine says, "It’s quite simply one of the best albums we’ll hear in 2009."

    Journal Topics: Album Release Reviews Video
  • Thursday, April 16, 2009

    Wilco has unveiled new concert dates as part of their upcoming North American summer tour, including concerts at four East Coast ballparks; shows in London and Dublin have also been added to their August European dates. The new concert DVD, Ashes of American Flags, is out this Saturday at independent retailers nationwide and in the Nonesuch Store. To celebrate the DVD release and to lend support to independent record stores, the band will make an in-store appearance at Disc Exchange in Knoxville, TN, Saturday at 2 PM.

    Journal Topics: On Tour
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    For the past few days, Wilco has made a home-away-from-home in a very welcoming Milwaukee, Wisconsin, including Jeff Tweedy's first pitch in Monday's Brewers game and a sixth-inning sausage race with Glenn Kotche and Mikael Jorgensen. Wilco also played the first of two sold-out nights at the Pabst Theater last night, in which, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says, the band "gave a dusty jewel of a performance," concluding of this "gorgeous patchwork quilt of the set" that "when the entire band converged ... the music exploded beautifully." Tonight's show will be webcast live on wilcoworld.net.

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    Nonesuch Records has signed North Carolina–based trio the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a young string band in the centuries-old Piedmont banjo and fiddle musical tradition. The group’s members—Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson—all trade duties as singers and swap instruments, too. The band, which has toured continuously since its formation in 2005, has several US concert dates this spring before taking a summer sabbatical, during which Giddens is expecting her first child. They will resume touring in the fall; their label debut is scheduled for early 2010.

    Journal Topics: Artist News

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