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  • Monday, May 20, 2019

    Jonny Greenwood is on NPR's All Songs Considered. He talks with NPR's Bob Boilen and Tom Huizenga about his own music—his There Will Be Blood soundtrack and two new pieces just given their premiere in a NPR's Tiny Desk Concert—and shares some works that have inspired him, by New Order, Olivier Messiaen, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Steve Reich. "I love Steve Reich," Greenwood says. "He's a big influence for sure." You can hear the episode here.

  • Friday, May 17, 2019

    Brad Mehldau's Finding Gabriel is out now. The album features performances by Mehldau on piano, synthesizers, percussion, Fender Rhodes, and vocals. Guests include Ambrose Akinmusire, Sara Caswell, Kurt Elling, Joel Frahm, Mark Guiliana, Gabriel Kahane, and Becca Stevens. "A soundtrack for our times," says the AP. "[T]he intricate arrangements of wordless vocals are fascinating, and among the singers is Mehldau, who happens to have a lovely voice. Fetching melodies abound ..." The Times of London gives five stars to the latest album from "the American jazz pianist, one of the best alive ... [T]he dominant mood is of a master musician having fun." To coincide with the album's release, Mehldau has shared a video for the track "The Prophet Is a Fool," which you can watch here.

  • Friday, May 17, 2019

    After a sold-out, year-long critically acclaimed international tour, David Byrne’s American Utopia will play a strictly limited engagement on Broadway at the intimate Hudson Theatre, October 4, 2019, through January 18, 2020, with the official opening set for October 20. Pre-Broadway, it will play eighteen performances at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre, September 11–28, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

Artist Spotlight

  • On William Brittelle’s Spiritual America, indie rock duo Wye Oak, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and the Metropolis Ensemble perform a genre-defying electro-acoustic song cycle written by Brittelle, plus a Wye Oak piece re-imagined by Brittelle. On the album, Brittelle works to reconcile his youth in a conservative Christian household with his adult life as an "agnostic Buddhist." The project began when he endured a family crisis and instinctively found himself praying to God.

  • On Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw's album Orange, Attacca Quartet performs six of her pieces for string quartet. The string quartet form "has existed for hundreds of years, but there's something, for me, beautiful and ritualistic about coming back to that form," says Shaw. "This album is a celebration of the simple, immediate, unadorned beauty of a natural, everyday, familiar thing."

  • Rhiannon Giddens’s album there is no Other, recorded with the multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, was produced by Joe Henry and tracked over five days in Dublin. The album is at once a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience.

  • On Finding Gabriel, Brad Mehldau performs on piano, synthesizers, percussion, Fender Rhodes, and vocals. Guest musicians include Ambrose Akinmusire, Sara Caswell, Kurt Elling, Joel Frahm, Mark Guiliana, Gabriel Kahane, Becca Stevens, and others.

  • The Black Keys' first album in five years, "Let's Rock," is due June 28 on Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch Records! It's a return to the straightforward rock of the band's early days. Pre-order to download the album tracks "Eagle Birds" and "Lo/Hi" now.

Tour

Wed, May 22
8:00 PM
Symphony Hall
Boston, MAUnited States
w/Boston Pops
Wed, May 22
Symphony Hall
Boston,MAUnited States
Thu, May 23
8:00 PM
Symphony Hall
Boston, MAUnited States
w/Boston Pops
Thu, May 23
Symphony Hall
Boston,MAUnited States
Fri, May 24
8:00 PM
Symphony Hall
Boston, MAUnited States
w/Boston Pops, Darius de Haas, Lara Downes
Fri, May 24
Symphony Hall
Boston,MAUnited States
Fri, May 24
8:00 PM
Revention Music Center
Houston, TXUnited States
w/David Gray
Fri, May 24
Revention Music Center
Houston,TXUnited States
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