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AfroCubism to Tour This Fall Following Album's October Release

on August 10, 2010 - 1:44pm
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AfroCubism—the great world music album that never was—has finally been realized and is due for release from World Circuit / Nonesuch Records this October. To coincide with the release of the album, AfroCubism the band, featuring some of Cuba and Mali's finest musicians, will embark on its first full tour this fall. In North America, where the album is due for release on Nonesuch October 19, the group will stop in Montreal, Boston, and New York.

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AfroCubism—the great world music album that never was—has finally been realized and is due for release from World Circuit / Nonesuch Records this October. In 1996, a group of acclaimed Malian musicians was due to fly to Havana to collaborate with some of Cuba’s greatest singers and instrumentalists. The Malians never arrived, and a very different album, Buena Vista Social Club, was recorded. To coincide with the release of its forthcoming self-titled album, AfroCubism the band will embark on its first full tour of Europe and North America this fall.

Following the success of AfroCubism’s premiere shows in Cartagena and Rotterdam in July, the group kicks off its international tour in November with a line-up featuring some of Cuba and Mali's finest musicians: Eliades Ochoa, Bassekou Kouyate, Djelimady Tounkara, Groupo Patria, Toumani Diabaté, Kasse Mady Diabaté, and Lasana Diabaté. In North America, where the album is due for release on Nonesuch on October 19, the group will stop in Montreal, Boston, and New York. For more information on these dates and ticket links, head to nonesuch.com/on-tour. For information on the tour outside of the US, visit worldcircuit.co.uk.

To learn more about the group, head to nonesuch.com/artists/afrocubism.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 09:30
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AfroCubism

Steve Reich's "Double Sextet" Available for Pre-Order with Limited-Edition, Signed Manuscript Page at Nonesuch.com

on August 9, 2010 - 6:23pm
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The first recording of Steve Reich's Double Sextet and 2x5, due out on Nonesuch on September 14, is now available for pre-order in the Nonesuch Store, with high-quality, 320-kbps MP3s of the album included on release day. Starting today, the first 250 pre-orders in the Nonesuch Store include a special limited-edition score page from the piece Double Sextet, printed from a Reich manuscript and then signed by the composer. [Update: These scores are no longer available.]

Double Sextet, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009, is performed here by eighth blackbird. The Philadelphia Inquirer has called Double Sextet "among the finest pieces of our time ... more than earlier Reich, it tips from exaltation to menace on a dime.” Also on the album, Bang on a Can performs 2x5, which expands Reich's musical palate with rock instrumentation and which the group premiered last summer at the Manchester International Festival on a double bill with Kraftwerk.

To learn more about the album and reserve your copy now, nonesuch.com/albums/double-sextet.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 11:00
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Steve Reich: "Double Sextet / 2x5" with manuscript

Punch Brothers' "Antifogmatic" Now Out on Vinyl; Ed Helms Offers a "Slobbering Rave" in Paste

on August 9, 2010 - 4:35pm
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Punch Brothers' latest Nonesuch album, Antifogmatic, which was released earlier this summer on CD and described on NPR's Weekend Edition as "10 delectable tunes," is now available on vinyl. The vinyl edition includes the album pressed on 140-gram vinyl plus a CD of the complete album. Actor/comedian Ed Helms offers a "Slobbering Rave" of the band's music in Paste, calling "an impossibly perfect mixture of down-home charm and staggering sophistication."

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Punch Brothers' latest Nonesuch album, Antifogmatic, which was released earlier this summer on CD and described on NPR's Weekend Edition as "10 delectable tunes," is now available on vinyl. The vinyl edition includes the album pressed on 140-gram high-performance vinyl plus a CD of the complete album. Nonesuch Store orders also include the album as high-quality, 320-kbps MP3s at no additional cost upon checkout. To pick up a copy now, head to the Nonesuch Store.

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Ed Helms, star of The Office and a stand-out banjo player in his own right, offers a "Slobbering Rave" of the Punch Brothers and their new album in Paste magazine, where they are today's Artist of the Day. He warns readers that the musical skills exhibited by Punch Brothers in concert and on their new album are just too good for these five players to be human. "Mere human beings could never achieve the Punch Brothers’ musicianship and technical proficiency," writes Helms, who offers proof by describing their music as "an impossibly perfect mixture of down-home charm and staggering sophistication."

For further proof of the band's efforts at world domination, Helms points to the Antifogmatic tune “Rye Whiskey," which, though "simply awesome—fun and uplifting, even witty" is also suspiciously impossible to resist. In the end, Helms is glad to acquiesce to the power of the Punch Brothers, insisting that "this alien band is amazing, and you will no doubt love their music as I do."

Read the complete "Slobbery Rave" at pastemagazine.com.

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Just in time for the vinyl release, the band has re-launched its official website with a new look and a number of new features that make it easier for fans to enjoy and share news, photos, and videos of the band. Included among those videos are the band's recent performances at the MTV studios in New York for the Live at MTV online series, featuring songs from the new album and a uniquely Punch Brothers cover of The White Stripes' "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground." Check it all out now at punchbrothers.com.

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The band continues its US tour out West this week, performing next at the Myrna Loy Center in Helena, Montana, on Thursday, followed by weekend shows in Wyoming and Colorado. For more on these and other dates, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 10:00
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Punch Brothers: "Antifogmatic" [cover]

Ben Folds, Nick Hornby's "Lonely Avenue" Available for Pre-Order in Nonesuch Store with Limited-Edition Score

on July 30, 2010 - 1:07pm
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Lonely Avenue, the new album from Ben Folds and Nick Hornby, is now available for pre-order in the Nonesuch Store with an exclusive, limited-edition Folds/Hornby-penned manuscript score from the album track "Picture Window," a number of which will be signed by the artists. The record, due out September 28, is available for pre-order on CD, vinyl, and in a deluxe edition that includes the CD, four short stories by Hornby, and photos by Joel Meyerowitz in a hardbound, 152-page book.

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Lonely Avenue—the new album featuring music and vocals by American singer-songwriter Ben Folds and lyrics by English novelist Nick Hornby—is now available for pre-order in the Nonesuch Store with an exclusive, limited-edition Folds/Hornby-penned manuscript score sheet from the album track "Picture Window"; a number of these will be signed by the artists.

The record, due out September 28, is available for pre-order in three formats: CD; 180-gram, audiophile-grade vinyl with the CD; and a deluxe edition that includes the CD, four short stories by Hornby, and images by acclaimed photographer Joel Meyerowitz in a hardbound, 152-page book. Reserve your copy now in the Nonesuch Store.

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For an insider's look at Lonely Avenue, check out the new video at nonesuch.com/media, in which Folds and Hornby introduce the album and discuss how they came together to create what the Huffington Post has called "one of the most interesting collaborations of the year." Hear how it all happened and listen to the end result with clips of songs off the album, including the new single, "From Above," at nonesuch.com/media. You can also find the video on YouTube.

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Over the next week, we will be pouring through Ben's Twitter, Facebook, and MySpacecomments to find 15-20 potential fan interviewers to conduct a series of live 10-minute online video interviews with Ben in the run up to the release of Lonely Avenue. The interview series will also include interviews/discussions with Ben conducted by other notable artists. For information on how to apply, head to benfolds.com/chat.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 13:00
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Ben Folds / Nick Hornby: "Lonely Avenue" [deluxe + score]

Nonesuch Records to Release Gidon Kremer’s "De Profundis" September 14; Available for Pre-Order Now

on July 26, 2010 - 2:05pm
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Nonesuch Records is set to release violinist Gidon Kremer’s De Profundis, featuring the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, on September 14. The album’s 12 pieces, selected from Kremer’s performing repertoire, span nearly two centuries, from Schubert to Schnittke—artists who sought to "sustain humans by appealing to their profoundest emotions," says Kremer. De Profundis is available for pre-order in the Nonesuch Store.

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Nonesuch Records releases Grammy Award–winning violinist Gidon Kremer’s De Profundis, featuring the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, on September 14, 2010. The album’s 12 pieces, selected from Kremer’s performing repertoire, all hold very special meaning to him, and are connected to each other on a deep, intuitive level. The album is available for pre-order in the Nonesuch Store now.

The composers, whose works span nearly two centuries, are: Jean Sibelius, Arvo Pärt, Raminta Šerkšnytė (whose piece De Profundis lends the album its title), Robert Schumann, Michael Nyman, Franz Schubert, Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer, Dmitri Shostakovich, Lera Auerbach, Astor Piazzolla, Georgs Pelecis, and Alfred Schnittke.

Kremer explains: “The artists featured on this record affirm a deep-rooted personal expression that can resonate within anyone. Their spiritual missive can sustain humans by appealing to their profoundest emotions, by letting them open up, become more conscious, rather than ‘forget themselves.’ Each of the 12 pieces selected for this album sends its own individual message to the listener, one that my colleagues from Kremerata Baltica and I have tried to illuminate.”

Gidon Kremer dedicates De Profundis to all those who refuse to be silenced, “namely to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who—being a real patriot of Russia—can be seen as a symbol for democratic changes in his home country. Khodorkovsky continues to spend years of imprisonment in Siberia, where he has been sent by a questionable trial.” (Arvo Pärt recently dedicated his fourth symphony, Los Angeles, to Khodorkovsky as well.)

Kremerata Baltica was founded by Gidon Kremer in 1996 and is composed of a group of young musicians from the three Baltic States. They first performed in the violinist’s hometown of Riga, Latvia, in February 1996 and have since toured throughout the world. Kremer, who is the group’s artistic director, described the Kremerata Baltica, in an interview with the New York Times, as “a musical democracy ... open-minded, self-critical, a continuation of my musical spirit.”

The ensemble’s six previous Nonesuch releases with Kremer are: Mozart: The Complete Violin Concertos (2009), The Russian Seasons (2003), Happy Birthday (2003), Enescu (2002), After Mozart (2001), Silencio (2000), and Eight Seasons (2000). The violinist’s albums on the label also include Tracing Astor (2001), El Tango (1997), Hommage à Piazzolla (1996), and John AdamsViolin Concerto (1996).

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 11:00
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Gidon Kremer: "De Profundis" [cover]

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