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  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    Randy Newman performs a new song, "Stay Away," as a reminder of the importance of social distancing to combat COVID-19. He wrote the song in response to a request from California public radio station KPCC. You can watch it and read the lyrics here.

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    We are saddened by the loss of producer Hal Willner, who has died from symptoms consistent with COVID-19 at the age of 64. Nonesuch Records President David Bither offers a remembrance.

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Jeremy Denk launched Bach's Well-Tempered Lens, a series of online events for WNYC/WQXR's The Greene Space in NYC with a deep dive into Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book I. Denk was at the piano performing and doing analysis and interpretation from his upstate barn. "When I started practicing it, I felt that I was plugged into a kind of contentment that I wasn't used to having," Denk says. "It made me feel a kind of happiness and a kind of at-oneness with time that I wasn't really used to." You can watch it here.

Artist Spotlight

  • Sam Gendel's Nonesuch debut album, Satin Doll, is a futuristic homage to historical jazz. Three musicians—Gendel on saxophone and other things, Gabe Noel on electric bass, and Philippe Melanson on electronic percussion—engage in simultaneous synchronized sonic constructiondeconstruction of well-known jazz standards, including Miles Davis's "Freddie Freeloader," Charles Mingus's "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," and Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll."

  • Composer/multi-instrumentalist Jeff Parker's album Suite for Max Brown—named for and dedicated to his mother—features nine original songs plus "Gnarciss," an interpretation of Joe Henderson's "Black Narcissus," and John Coltrane's "After the Rain." Parker plays the majority of the instruments on the album. "I like to pursue situations that take me outside myself, where the things I come up with are things I didn't really know I could do," Parker says.

  • Pat Metheny's From This Place features ten compositions by Metheny, who is joined on the album by drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda May Han Oh, pianist Gwilym Simcock, the Hollywood Studio Symphony led by Joel McNeely, and special guests Meshell Ndegeocello, Gregoire Maret,, and Luis Conte. “His most audacious album yet … a breathtakingly immersive experience that affirms Metheny as a consummate musical storyteller,” exclaims Mojo. “A transcendent album, From This...

  • The Magnetic Fields’ Quickies five 7" vinyl box set is twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two minutes and thirty-five seconds, performed by Merritt and band members Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, and John Woo, along with longtime friends and collaborators Chris Ewen, Daniel Handler, and Pinky Weitzman. Also available on a single CD. Pre-order in the Nonesuch Store to download "The Day the Politicians Died" now and...

Tour

Fri, Apr 24
7:30 PM
University of Vermont Recital Hall
Burlington, VTUnited States
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Fri, Apr 24
University of Vermont Recital Hall
Burlington,VTUnited States
Mon, Apr 27
7:00 PM
The Greene Space
New York, NYUnited States
The Mysterious Life of J.S. Bach livestream
Mon, Apr 27
The Greene Space
New York,NYUnited States
Thu, Apr 30
7:30 PM
Segerstrom Hall
Costa Mesa, CAUnited States
A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary
Thu, Apr 30
Segerstrom Hall
Costa Mesa,CAUnited States
Fri, May 1
8:00 PM
Lawrence Memorial Chapel, Lawrence University
Appleton, WIUnited States
Fri, May 1
Lawrence Memorial Chapel, Lawrence University
Appleton,WIUnited States
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