Amelia

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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, Rob Moose, Ryan Kelly, Martha Mooke, Marc Ribot, Tony Scherr, Nadia Sirota, and Kenny Wolleson. An exclusive limited-edition print autographed by Anderson is available with Nonesuch Store pre-orders while they last.

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Laurie Anderson’s Amelia is due August 30, 2024, on Nonesuch Records. 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 for this subjective narrative piece. On the album, she is joined by the Czech orchestra Filharmonie Brno, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, and Anohni, Gabriel Cabezas, Rob Moose, Ryan Kelly, Martha Mooke, Marc Ribot, Tony Scherr, Nadia Sirota, and Kenny Wolleson. A limited-edition print autographed by Anderson is available with Nonesuch Store pre-orders while they last.

Earhart was a passionate pioneer of early aviation, achieving fame as the first woman to cross the Atlantic, in 1932. Five years later, she embarked on a flight around the world. Before she could complete the voyage, her plane disappeared without a trace; it has never been found. “The words used in Amelia are inspired by her pilot diaries, the telegrams she wrote to her husband, and my idea of what a woman flying around the world might think about,” Anderson says. First premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2000, the updated piece was recently performed across Europe.

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Her work, which encompasses music, visual art, poetry, film, and photography, has challenged and delighted audiences around the world for more than forty years. In a recent 60 Minutes profile, Anderson Cooper said she “is a pioneer of the avant-garde, but ... that doesn’t begin to describe what she creates. Her work isn’t sold in galleries. It’s experienced by audiences who come to see her perform: singing, telling stories, and playing strange violins of her own invention ... she [blends] the beautiful and the bizarre, challenging audiences with homilies and humor. She blurs boundaries across music, theater, dance, and film.” The Washington Post has said she “doesn’t just tell stories; she draws out every word with a kind of physical pleasure, tasting its flavor as she probes the everyday mysteries of life,” and the Guardian has called Anderson “one of the great popular artists and storytellers of our time.”

Anderson released her first album with Nonesuch Records in 2001, the critically lauded Life on a String. Her subsequent releases on the label include Live in New York (2002), Homeland (2010), the soundtrack to Anderson’s acclaimed film Heart of a Dog (2015), and her Grammy-winning collaboration with Kronos Quartet, Landfall (2018). Additionally, Anderson’s virtual-reality film La Camera Insabbiata, with Hsin-Chien Huang, won the 2017 Venice Film Festival Award for Best VR Experience, and, in 2018, Skira Rizzoli published her book All the Things I Lost in the Flood: Essays on Pictures, Language and Code, the most comprehensive collection of her artwork to date.

Recent exhibitions and installations of Anderson’s work include Habeas Corpus at New York’’s Park Avenue Armory; her largest exhibition to date, The Weather, at Washington, DC’s Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum of Modern Art; and Looking into a Mirror Sideways at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, which was her largest European exhibition to date. Anderson recently toured with Sex Mob, performing her piece Let X=X. Earlier this year, she was awarded the 2024 Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, along with Christopher Nolan and David Attenborough, and the International Astronomical Union named a minor planet in her honor: Asteroid 270588, Laurieanderson.

Nonesuch released a re-mastered edition of Anderson’s landmark 1982 album Big Science in 2007 for its twenty-fifth anniversary, followed by a vinyl LP re-issue in 2021; its beloved single, “O Superman,” became a surprise viral hit on TikTok earlier this year.

ProductionCredits

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Laurie Anderson
Recorded by Ryan Kelly at Canal Street Communications, New York City
Mixed and mastered by Damien Quintard
Additional vocals recorded by Damien Quintard at Miraval Studios

Filharmonie Brno recorded at Besední dům
Recording engineer: Jaroslav Zouhar
Producer: Pavel Šindelář

Art Direction and Design: Masaki Koike at Phyx Design
Photos of Amelia Earhart courtesy of Purdue University Libraries (front cover), the Smithsonian Institution (back cover), and the National Archives (inner gatefold).

Amelia Earhart’s voice courtesy of Center for Applied Linguistics collection (AFC 1986/022), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Amelia was originally commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra in 2000 and was performed in various versions. Some of the text was adapted from Amelia Earhart’s pilot’s log.

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Laurie Anderson
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MUSICIANS
Laurie Anderson, voice, viola, keyboards, electronics
Anohni, vocals
Martha Mooke, viola
Marc Ribot, guitar
Tony Sherr, bass
Kenny Woolesen, percussion
Ryan Kelly, ukulele

Trimbach Trio:
Rob Moose, violin
Nadia Sirota, viola
Gabriel Cabezas, cello

Filharmonie Brno
Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
First Violin: Marie Petříková, Barbora Gajdošová, Jaromír Graffe, Kristýna Jungová, Jiří Kopecký, Vladimír Lžičař, Marie Pšenicová, Leoš Zavadilík
Second Violin: Radoslav Havlát, Jana Horáková, Dorothea Kellerová, Ludmila Netolická, Josef Ondrůj, Tomáš Vinklát
Viola: Martin Heller, Tomáš Kulík, Karel Plocek, Petr Pšenica, Otakar Salajka, Zbyněk Volf
Cello: Pavla Jelínková, Eva Kovalová, Katarína Madariová, Lukáš Svoboda
Double Bass: Jaromír Gardoň, Marek Švestka, Vojtech Velíšek

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News & Reviews

  • Laurie Anderson will give the world premiere of ARK: United States Part 5, a new live stage work, at Aviva Studios in Manchester, England, November 12–24, 2024. "For a long time I’ve wanted to make a new large-scale work about the United States—a collection of songs and stories about what has shaped this country in the 21st century," she says. "I plan to tell these stories moving through myth, journalism, fable, and TikTok, conjuring alternate realities and stories from my own life. Part ruminations, part long-form poems, ARK will also be a kind of 3D movie."

  • "Since I was a kid, I was in love with the sky, the beauty of it, the freedom of it, like I could just float up forever," Laurie Anderson tells BBC Radio 4's Front Row presenter Tom Sutcliffe in a conversation about her upcoming album, Amelia, due August 30. "I remember as a kid doing that, running into the dark ... the ecstasy. Your arms are out like a plane, and you close your eyes and you run." You can hear their conversation here.

  • About This Album

    Laurie Anderson’s Amelia is due August 30, 2024, on Nonesuch Records. 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 for this subjective narrative piece. On the album, she is joined by the Czech orchestra Filharmonie Brno, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, and Anohni, Gabriel Cabezas, Rob Moose, Ryan Kelly, Martha Mooke, Marc Ribot, Tony Scherr, Nadia Sirota, and Kenny Wolleson. A limited-edition print autographed by Anderson is available with Nonesuch Store pre-orders while they last.

    Earhart was a passionate pioneer of early aviation, achieving fame as the first woman to cross the Atlantic, in 1932. Five years later, she embarked on a flight around the world. Before she could complete the voyage, her plane disappeared without a trace; it has never been found. “The words used in Amelia are inspired by her pilot diaries, the telegrams she wrote to her husband, and my idea of what a woman flying around the world might think about,” Anderson says. First premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2000, the updated piece was recently performed across Europe.

    Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Her work, which encompasses music, visual art, poetry, film, and photography, has challenged and delighted audiences around the world for more than forty years. In a recent 60 Minutes profile, Anderson Cooper said she “is a pioneer of the avant-garde, but ... that doesn’t begin to describe what she creates. Her work isn’t sold in galleries. It’s experienced by audiences who come to see her perform: singing, telling stories, and playing strange violins of her own invention ... she [blends] the beautiful and the bizarre, challenging audiences with homilies and humor. She blurs boundaries across music, theater, dance, and film.” The Washington Post has said she “doesn’t just tell stories; she draws out every word with a kind of physical pleasure, tasting its flavor as she probes the everyday mysteries of life,” and the Guardian has called Anderson “one of the great popular artists and storytellers of our time.”

    Anderson released her first album with Nonesuch Records in 2001, the critically lauded Life on a String. Her subsequent releases on the label include Live in New York (2002), Homeland (2010), the soundtrack to Anderson’s acclaimed film Heart of a Dog (2015), and her Grammy-winning collaboration with Kronos Quartet, Landfall (2018). Additionally, Anderson’s virtual-reality film La Camera Insabbiata, with Hsin-Chien Huang, won the 2017 Venice Film Festival Award for Best VR Experience, and, in 2018, Skira Rizzoli published her book All the Things I Lost in the Flood: Essays on Pictures, Language and Code, the most comprehensive collection of her artwork to date.

    Recent exhibitions and installations of Anderson’s work include Habeas Corpus at New York’’s Park Avenue Armory; her largest exhibition to date, The Weather, at Washington, DC’s Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum of Modern Art; and Looking into a Mirror Sideways at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, which was her largest European exhibition to date. Anderson recently toured with Sex Mob, performing her piece Let X=X. Earlier this year, she was awarded the 2024 Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, along with Christopher Nolan and David Attenborough, and the International Astronomical Union named a minor planet in her honor: Asteroid 270588, Laurieanderson.

    Nonesuch released a re-mastered edition of Anderson’s landmark 1982 album Big Science in 2007 for its twenty-fifth anniversary, followed by a vinyl LP re-issue in 2021; its beloved single, “O Superman,” became a surprise viral hit on TikTok earlier this year.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Laurie Anderson, voice, viola, keyboards, electronics
    Anohni, vocals
    Martha Mooke, viola
    Marc Ribot, guitar
    Tony Sherr, bass
    Kenny Woolesen, percussion
    Ryan Kelly, ukulele

    Trimbach Trio:
    Rob Moose, violin
    Nadia Sirota, viola
    Gabriel Cabezas, cello

    Filharmonie Brno
    Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
    First Violin: Marie Petříková, Barbora Gajdošová, Jaromír Graffe, Kristýna Jungová, Jiří Kopecký, Vladimír Lžičař, Marie Pšenicová, Leoš Zavadilík
    Second Violin: Radoslav Havlát, Jana Horáková, Dorothea Kellerová, Ludmila Netolická, Josef Ondrůj, Tomáš Vinklát
    Viola: Martin Heller, Tomáš Kulík, Karel Plocek, Petr Pšenica, Otakar Salajka, Zbyněk Volf
    Cello: Pavla Jelínková, Eva Kovalová, Katarína Madariová, Lukáš Svoboda
    Double Bass: Jaromír Gardoň, Marek Švestka, Vojtech Velíšek

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Laurie Anderson
    Recorded by Ryan Kelly at Canal Street Communications, New York City
    Mixed and mastered by Damien Quintard
    Additional vocals recorded by Damien Quintard at Miraval Studios

    Filharmonie Brno recorded at Besední dům
    Recording engineer: Jaroslav Zouhar
    Producer: Pavel Šindelář

    Art Direction and Design: Masaki Koike at Phyx Design
    Photos of Amelia Earhart courtesy of Purdue University Libraries (front cover), the Smithsonian Institution (back cover), and the National Archives (inner gatefold).

    Amelia Earhart’s voice courtesy of Center for Applied Linguistics collection (AFC 1986/022), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

    Amelia was originally commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra in 2000 and was performed in various versions. Some of the text was adapted from Amelia Earhart’s pilot’s log.