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  • Friday, June 21, 2024

    The original cast recording of the Tony Award–winning Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical, previously released digitally, is now available on CD, with the 2-LP vinyl set due August 30. The new work 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 New York Times exclaims: "The vocalists do not seem to sing so much as pour emotion into our ears."

  • Friday, June 21, 2024

    Kronos Quartet bids farewell to longtime members John Sherba and Hank Dutt at Kronos Festival in San Francisco. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Chris Thile, and Punch Brothers return to Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, where Emmylou Harris is in Steamboat Springs. Illinoise cast members sign CDs at Barnes & Noble in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Ambrose Akinmusire, Bill Frisell, and Herlin Riley, perform Owl Song in California. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society performs Dynamic Maximum Tension at Ottawa Jazz Fest. Yussef Dayes plays SummerStage in NYC. Jeremy Denk gives a masterclass in Santa Barbara. Brad Mehldau goes solo in France and Belgium. Cécile McLorin Salvant is in Cleveland.

  • Friday, June 21, 2024

    Kronos Quartet—whose 50th anniversary concert season culminates with the group's ninth annual hometown Kronos Festival at SFJAZZ in San Francisco through Sunday—has released several of its classic Nonesuch Records titles remastered in Spatial Audio on Apple Music Classical. You can hear Black Angels; Pieces of Africa; Howl, U.S.A.; Kronos Caravan; Nuevo; Terry Riley's Sun Rings; and Steve Reich's Different Trains, Triple Quartet, and WTC 9/11 in Spatial Audio on Apple Music Classical now. And check out Kronos founder and violinist David Harrington's interview with Apple Music Classical, about the quartet and its legacy, in the Kronos Quartet Essentials playlist.

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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900761
Fri, Jun 21
7:00 PM
Fort Kleber
WolfisheimFrance
Wolfi Jazz Festival
Fri, Jun 21
Fort Kleber
WolfisheimFrance
902181
Fri, Jun 21
7:00 PM
Dillon Amphitheater
Dillon, COUnited States
w/Old Crow Medicine Show
Fri, Jun 21
Dillon Amphitheater
Dillon, COUnited States
902336
Fri, Jun 21
7:00 PM
National Arts Centre Azrieli Studio
Ottawa, ONCanada
Ottawa Jazz Festival
Fri, Jun 21
National Arts Centre Azrieli Studio
Ottawa, ONCanada
905546
Fri, Jun 21
7:30 PM
Bing Concert Hall
Stanford, CAUnited States
Owl Song w/Herlin Riley
Fri, Jun 21
Bing Concert Hall
Stanford, CAUnited States