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  • Tuesday, July 23, 2024

    “I think a lot of my stuff is weirdly joyful about mortality, and this is no exception,” Caroline Shaw tells GBH News’ James Bennett II. The two sat down at the Newport Classical Music Festival last weekend for a track-by-track tour of her new album with Sō Percussion, Rectangles and Circumstance, as well as a conversation about songwriting, collaboration, copyright law, and more. You can listen to their conversation here.

  • Monday, July 22, 2024

    "I love this idea of 'intersection' for inspiration when it comes to describing American music or its characteristics," classical singer Julia Bullock says in a new video from Boosey & Hawkes for its America at 250 series. "There's no apology for where those inspirations are coming from, so whether it's directly quoting or imitating the sort of collage and then the depth of expression that can come out of the layering effect, I put all these things together because it brings me great pleasure and joy and often surprises me tremendously." You can watch it here.

  • Friday, July 19, 2024

    Ambrose Akinmusire kicks off a weeklong Asia tour at Blue Note Tokyo. Hurray for the Riff Raff is at GRRRL Camp in Nebraska. Cécile McLorin Salvant is in Souillac, France. Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion perform Rectangles and Circumstance at Newport Classical Music Fest. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway play Grey Fox Bluegrass Fest and join Old Crow Medicine Show in Boston. Yasmin Williams tours New England with The Crane Wives.

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…

  • On DAVÓNE TINES & THE TRUTH’s new work ROBESON, Tines’ solo recording debut, the musician grapples with the legacy of a hero. Exploding the musical repertoire of Paul Robeson, Tines and his band the Truth—pianist John Bitoy and sound artist Khari Lucas—take listeners on a trip from the stage of Carnegie Hall to the floor of a Moscow hotel room in an attempt to understand an icon not through aspiring to his monumentality, but through connecting to his vulnerability. “Like his…

  • 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-…

  • The original score for Ken Burns’s two-part documentary Leonardo da Vinci, with new compositions by Caroline Shaw, features performances by the composer’s longtime collaborators Attacca Quartet, Sō Percussion, and Roomful of Teeth as well as John Patitucci. Shaw wrote and recorded new music for Leonardo da Vinci, marking the first time a Ken Burns film has featured an entirely original score. The film is directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, who says: “…

  • 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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906496
Tue, Jul 23
8:00 PM
Lark Hall
Albany, NYUnited States
w/The Crane Wives
Tue, Jul 23
Lark Hall
Albany, NYUnited States
901831
Tue, Jul 23
8:00 PM
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, COUnited States
w/Norah Jones
Tue, Jul 23
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, COUnited States
905281
Tue, Jul 23
8:30 PM
Teatro Cuyás
Gran CanariaSpain
Canarias Jazz & Más
Tue, Jul 23
Teatro Cuyás
Gran CanariaSpain
906556
Tue, Jul 23
9:00 PM
JZ Club
ShanghaiChina
Tue, Jul 23
JZ Club
ShanghaiChina