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  • Ahead of the long-awaited world premiere of Omar, the opera composed by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC, next Friday, Giddens has released her own recording of the song “Julie’s Aria” from the opera. The recording was made by Giddens with guitarist Bill Frisell and her frequent collaborator Francesco Turrisi. Omar is based on the life and autobiography of enslaved Muslim scholar Omar Ibn Said, who was forcefully brought to Charleston from Africa in 1807. “My work as a whole is about excavating and shining a light on pieces of history that not only need to be seen and heard," Giddens says, "but that can also add to the conversation about what’s going on now. This is a story that hasn’t been represented in the operatic world—or in any world.” Omar will also be performed by LA Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Boston Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

  • Carnegie Hall has announced its 2022–23 concert season, and featured among the performers taking the esteemed hall's stages are Rhiannon Giddens, who has been named a Perspectives artist for the season and will lead four concerts, and Kronos Quartet. Also included in the season is an all–Steve Reich program performed by Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals.

     

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    Rhiannon Giddens released a new original song, "Don’t Call Me Names," about rejecting toxic behavior, on August 23, 2020. The track debuted Sunday afternoon on the inaugural episode of Southern Craft Radio, Kelly McCartney’s new show on Apple Music Country.

    "The framework in the song is a love affair, but it can happen in any kind of connection," Giddens says. "The real story was accepting my inner strength and refusing to continue being gas-lit and held back; and refusing to keep sacrificing my mental health for the sake of anything or anyone. I don't often write personal songs, but this one has stayed with me—it poured out then and has just sat there waiting for the right time. I got a chance to do it with some incredible musicians and a fabulous producer, and I'm thrilled it's going to be out in the world; when I listen to it, the anger that I felt then now is the anger I feel at my entire country being gas-lit, held back, and sacrificed. We have to keep saying NO to toxic behavior, no matter how small or large the stage, and keep saying it nice and loud.”

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on August 11, 2020 - 2:34pm
Release Date: 
Sunday, August 23, 2020 (All day)
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"The framework in the song is a love affair, but it can happen in any kind of connection," Rhiannon Giddens says of her song "Don't Call Me Names." "The real story was accepting my inner strength and refusing to continue being gas-lit and held back; and refusing to keep sacrificing my mental health for the sake of anything or anyone ... When I listen to it, the anger that I felt then now is the anger I feel at my entire country being gas-lit, held back, and sacrificed. We have to keep saying NO to toxic behavior, no matter how small or large the stage, and keep saying it nice and loud.”

Description: 

Rhiannon Giddens released a new original song, "Don’t Call Me Names," about rejecting toxic behavior, on August 23, 2020. The track debuted Sunday afternoon on the inaugural episode of Southern Craft Radio, Kelly McCartney’s new show on Apple Music Country.

"The framework in the song is a love affair, but it can happen in any kind of connection," Giddens says. "The real story was accepting my inner strength and refusing to continue being gas-lit and held back; and refusing to keep sacrificing my mental health for the sake of anything or anyone. I don't often write personal songs, but this one has stayed with me—it poured out then and has just sat there waiting for the right time. I got a chance to do it with some incredible musicians and a fabulous producer, and I'm thrilled it's going to be out in the world; when I listen to it, the anger that I felt then now is the anger I feel at my entire country being gas-lit, held back, and sacrificed. We have to keep saying NO to toxic behavior, no matter how small or large the stage, and keep saying it nice and loud.”

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 14:30
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
FLAC
UPC: 
075597918670
Price: 
1.39
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597918687
Price: 
1.29
Artist Name: 
Rhiannon Giddens
reissues?: 
new-release
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