Live in New York

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Anderson surveyed 20 years of recorded material in these concerts from September 12-20, 2001, at New York’s Town Hall. The New York Times observed, “She sang about lovers quarrels, angels, wanderlust, and New York ... [W]hat once seemed off-handed or oblique had turned chillingly prophetic.”

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“She sang about lover’s quarrels, angels, wanderlust, and New York … The songs didn’t promise solace, only clear observations and new questions ... [W]hat once seemed off-handed or oblique had turned chillingly prophetic.” —New York Times

The performances on Laurie Anderson's 2002 two-CD live recording, Live in New York, were recorded in New York City at Town Hall on September 19 and 20, 2001, just a week after the September 11 attacks on the city. The dates were part of an intimate US tour by Anderson in support of her critically acclaimed Nonesuch debut, Life on a String; it was her first tour with a band.

The two-disc set features ten songs from Life on a String as well as new arrangements of such vintage Anderson works as “Let X=X,” “Strange Angels,” and “O Superman.” Anderson, who performs on violin, keyboards, and effects, was joined on stage by Skúli Sverrisson (bass), Peter Scherer (keyboards), and Jim Black (drums).

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PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Laurie Anderson
Musical Director:  Skuli Sverrisson     
Recorded September 19-20, 2001 at Town Hall, New York City, by Jody Elff and Adam Blackburn (Effanel Music)
Assistant Engineer: Brandon Karp (Effanel Music)
Mixed by Jody Elff
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME
Production Manager: Bill Berger
MIDI and keyboard tech: Rick Van Benschotten

All songs written by Laurie Anderson and published by Difficult Music (BMI), except: “My Compensation,” lyrics by Laurie Anderson and music by Laurie Anderson/Skúli Sverrisson, published by Difficult Music (BMI); “Poison” and “Puppet Motel,” written by Laurie Anderson/Brian Eno and published by Difficult Music (BMI)/Upala Music (BMI).

Design by John Gall

Executive Producer: David Bither

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79681

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Laurie Anderson
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Laurie Anderson, vocals, violin, keyboards
Skúli Sverrisson, bass, concertina
Jim Black, drums, electronic percussion
Peter Scherer, keyboards, samplers

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News & Reviews

  • Congratulations to Julia Bullock, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, the Los Angeles Philharmonic & Gustavo Dudamel, and Thomas Adès all of whom won GRAMMY Awards at the Premiere Ceremony today: Bullock for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for Walking in the Dark; Tuttle & Golden Highway for Best Bluegrass Album for City of Gold; and the LA Phil and Dudamel for Best Orchestral Performance for Thomas Adès' Dante. And congratulations to Laurie Anderson, who was a recipient of the Recording Academy’s 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony on Saturday night.

  • As part of Nonesuch Records's 60th anniversary celebrations, the 2024 Big Ears Festival lineup includes fifteen Nonesuch artists past, present, and future. Ahead of the festival, taking place in Knoxville, TN, March 21–24, we've got a playlist of music from all of those artists: Sam Amidon, Laurie Anderson, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Tyondai Braxton, Rhiannon Giddens, Mary Halvorson, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Kronos Quartet, Brad Mehldau, Ringdown (Caroline Shaw and Danni Lee), Davóne Tines, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, and Yasmin Williams. You can hear it here via Spotify and Apple Music.

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  • About This Album

    “She sang about lover’s quarrels, angels, wanderlust, and New York … The songs didn’t promise solace, only clear observations and new questions ... [W]hat once seemed off-handed or oblique had turned chillingly prophetic.” —New York Times

    The performances on Laurie Anderson's 2002 two-CD live recording, Live in New York, were recorded in New York City at Town Hall on September 19 and 20, 2001, just a week after the September 11 attacks on the city. The dates were part of an intimate US tour by Anderson in support of her critically acclaimed Nonesuch debut, Life on a String; it was her first tour with a band.

    The two-disc set features ten songs from Life on a String as well as new arrangements of such vintage Anderson works as “Let X=X,” “Strange Angels,” and “O Superman.” Anderson, who performs on violin, keyboards, and effects, was joined on stage by Skúli Sverrisson (bass), Peter Scherer (keyboards), and Jim Black (drums).

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Laurie Anderson, vocals, violin, keyboards
    Skúli Sverrisson, bass, concertina
    Jim Black, drums, electronic percussion
    Peter Scherer, keyboards, samplers

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Laurie Anderson
    Musical Director:  Skuli Sverrisson     
    Recorded September 19-20, 2001 at Town Hall, New York City, by Jody Elff and Adam Blackburn (Effanel Music)
    Assistant Engineer: Brandon Karp (Effanel Music)
    Mixed by Jody Elff
    Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME
    Production Manager: Bill Berger
    MIDI and keyboard tech: Rick Van Benschotten

    All songs written by Laurie Anderson and published by Difficult Music (BMI), except: “My Compensation,” lyrics by Laurie Anderson and music by Laurie Anderson/Skúli Sverrisson, published by Difficult Music (BMI); “Poison” and “Puppet Motel,” written by Laurie Anderson/Brian Eno and published by Difficult Music (BMI)/Upala Music (BMI).

    Design by John Gall

    Executive Producer: David Bither