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  • Friday, July 12, 2024

    Ambrose Akinmusire, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, and Cécile McLorin Salvant all play North Sea Jazz Fest in Rotterdam, and Salvant has shows in Montpellier and Toulon. Ringdown—Caroline Shaw and Danni Lee Parpan—plays a free show for Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City in NYC. Timo Andres gives a masterclass in Santa Barbara. Jeremy Denk is at the Aspen Music Fest. Emmylou Harris is at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Fest. Hurray for the Riff Raff tours the Midwest, in Marquette and Indianapolis.

  • Thursday, July 11, 2024

    The 72nd DownBeat Critics Poll results are in, and among the winners are Darcy James Argue, Arranger; Mary Halvorson, Guitar; Cécile McLorin Salvant, Female Vocalist; and Ambrose Akinmusire, Trumpet—all of whose albums are among the Jazz Albums of the Year—and Rhiannon Giddens, Beyond Artist and Beyond Album of the Year.

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2024

    Laurie Anderson will give the world premiere of ARK: United States Part 5, a new live stage work, at Aviva Studios in Manchester, England, November 12–24, 2024. "For a long time I’ve wanted to make a new large-scale work about the United States—a collection of songs and stories about what has shaped this country in the 21st century," she says. "I plan to tell these stories moving through myth, journalism, fable, and TikTok, conjuring alternate realities and stories from my own life. Part ruminations, part long-form poems, ARK will also be a kind of 3D movie."

Artist Spotlight

  • The Tony-nominated Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, a book by Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury, and direction and choreography by Peck, with new arrangements by Timo Andres and music supervision and direction by Nathan Koci. The album’s band includes Elijah Lyons, My Brightest Diamond, Tasha, Christina Courtin, Sean Peter Forte, Domenica Fossati, Daniel Freedman, Kathy Halvorson, Nathan Koci…

  • DAVÓNE TINES & THE TRUTH’s “LET IT SHINE” is the first song from their upcoming piece ROBESOИ, about the life and music of the singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson. Tines has been heralded as a “singer of immense power and fervor” and one of "the most powerful voices of our time” by the Los Angeles Times and an “immensely gifted American bass-baritone [who] has won acclaim, and advanced the field of classical music" by the New York Times.

  • Hurray for the Riff Raff (aka Alynda Segarra) created The Past Is Still Alive during a period of personal grief, when they found inspiration in radical poetry, railroad culture, outsider art, the work of writer Eileen Myles, and activist groups like ACT UP and Gran Fury. Segarra uses their lyrics as a way to immortalize and say goodbye to those they have loved and lost, and to honor both the heartbroken and the hopeful parts of themselves. Though made in North Carolina by the Bronx-…

  • Rectangles and Circumstance comprises ten songs co-written and performed by Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion. Shaw and Sō's Eric Cha-Beach and Adam Sliwinski "sourced a group of nineteenth-century poems that shaped its expressive mode [and] ended up using verses by Christina Rosetti, Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, and William Blake," says Sliwinski. "The lyrics on this album by members of the band contain wordplay that explores the same profound feelings explored by…

  • Laurie Anderson’s Amelia is the 2024 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient's first new album since 2018’s Grammy-winning Landfall. The record comprises twenty-two tracks about renowned female aviator Amelia Earhart’s tragic last flight. Anderson, who Pitchfork says, “sees the future, but she starts by paying attention,” wrote the music and lyrics. On the album, she is joined by Filharmonie Brno, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, and Anohni, Gabriel Cabezas…

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Fri, Jul 12
3:30 PM
Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West
Santa Barbara, CAUnited States
Solo Piano masterclass: The Roots of Mastery
Fri, Jul 12
Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West
Santa Barbara, CAUnited States
906276
Fri, Jul 12
4:45 PM
Ahoy
RotterdamNetherlands
North Sea Jazz Festival w/Metropole Orkest & Lizz Wright
Fri, Jul 12
Ahoy
RotterdamNetherlands
903606
Fri, Jul 12
8:00 PM
The Underground at Jaffe Drive
New York, NYUnited States
Lincoln Center's Summer for the City
Fri, Jul 12
The Underground at Jaffe Drive
New York, NYUnited States
903681
Fri, Jul 12
8:30 PM
Amphitheatre Domaine d'O
MontpellierFrance
Fri, Jul 12
Amphitheatre Domaine d'O
MontpellierFrance