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  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Vagabon has announced a headlining spring tour of North America. The tour begins at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia on March 31 and continues through May 17, culminating with a concert at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana, California. Vagabon stopped by WFUV in NYC to perform two songs from her self-titled new album, "Every Woman" and "In a Bind," for FUV Live, which you can watch here.

  • Friday, January 17, 2020

    The original cast recording for Dave Malloy's musical Octet—recorded live during Signature Theatre's world premiere production—is now available on CD, following its digital release late last year. Featuring a score for an a cappella chamber choir and an original libretto inspired by internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry, Octet explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of twenty-first century technology. "The most original and topical musical of the year," says the New York Times; "the sublime a cappella chamber opera is a portrait in song of perhaps the greatest David and Goliath struggle of our time."

  • Friday, January 17, 2020

    Jeff Parker has released a new track, "Gnarciss," from his forthcoming album, Suite for Max Brown, out next Friday, January 24, on International Anthem and Nonesuch Records. The song is an interpretation of Joe Henderson's "Black Narcissus" and follows the recent release of another track, "Go Away," one of nine Parker originals on the album. You can hear "Gnarciss" here.

Artist Spotlight

  • 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.

  • Devendra Banhart's album Ma bursts with tender, autobiographical vignettes, displaying a shift from the sonic experimentation of his previous albums to an intricate, captivating story-telling and emotional intimacy. The album was co-produced with his longtime musical compadre Noah Georgeson and includes a background vocal from Cate Le Bon and a duet with Banhart's mentor, muse, and dear friend Vashti Bunyan.

  • 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 cast album for the critically acclaimed Broadway production of David Byrne’s American Utopia includes songs from his 2018 album, American Utopia, along with music from Talking Heads and Byrne’s solo career. Byrne shares the spotlight with a diverse ensemble of eleven musical artists from around the globe for an event that delivers "an experience unlike anything else," says Billboard. It's "a marvel of humanity and hope," says the Boston Globe.

Tour

Tue, Jan 21
8:00 PM
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles, CAUnited States
w/Christian McBride
Tue, Jan 21
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles,CAUnited States
Tue, Jan 21
8:00 PM
Musis
Arnhem, Netherlands
w/The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw
Tue, Jan 21
Musis
Arnhem,Netherlands
Tue, Jan 21
8:00 PM
Palladium
Warsaw, Poland
Tue, Jan 21
Palladium
Warsaw,Poland
Wed, Jan 22
6:15 PM
Auditorio de Conde Duque
Madrid, Spain
master class
Wed, Jan 22
Auditorio de Conde Duque
Madrid,Spain
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