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  • May 28, 2019

    Devendra Banhart has announced a 23-city North American tour for autumn 2019, beginning October 15 in Ventura, CA, and continuing through December 8 in Philadelphia, with stops in Chicago, Austin, Brooklyn, Washington, DC, and more. Banhart has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every US ticket sold (excluding Austin) will go to World Central Kitchen, an organization founded by José Andrés to fight hunger around the world. With every ticket bought in Canada, $1 will go to support Rainbow Railroad to help LGBTI people around the world escape persecution and violence.

  • July 9, 2018

    Devendra Banhart curated a series of children's workshops titled Imaginary Universes, which opened at Fondazione Prada's Accademia dei bambini in Milan in May. The inaugural workshops, titled "The Astonishing Adventures of a Celestial Archaeologist." included a short film animated by Matteo Toffalori and set to the song "Celebration," from his album Ape in Pink Marble. You can now watch it here.

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  • Devendra Banhart's new album, Ma, is due September 13, 2019, on Nonesuch Records. This is Banhart's first album since 2016's Ape in Pink Marble. Ma, bursting with tender, autobiographical vignettes, displays a shift from the sonic experimentation of his previous albums to an intricate, captivating story-telling and emotional intimacy. Banhart favors organic sounds to accompany his voice and guitar, the arrangements bolstered by strings, woodwinds, brass, and keyboards. Pre-order Ma in the Nonesuch Store—including on limited-edition clear vinyl—for an instant download of the first single, "Kantori Ongaku," a fantastical, surrealistic video for which can be seen below, and get an exclusive, limited-edition print, created and signed by Banhart.

    "Kantori Ongaku" translates from Japanese to "country music" and is a nod to experimental pop legend Haruomi Hosono, a founding member of the influential electronic band Yellow Magic Orchestra. The song's video features a full circle journey of vignettes that play on the dream-like quality of intimate activities. The video, colorfully directed by Giraffe Studios, also features guest cameos and a brief infomercial pleading for donations to the I Love Venezuela Foundation.

    The simply titled Ma is Devendra Banhart's third album for Nonesuch, one that addresses—often in a beguilingly oblique way—the unconditional nature of maternal love, the desire to nurture, the passing down of wisdom, the longing to establish the relationship of mother to child, and the consequences of that bond being broken. Banhart doesn't approach the album's maternal theme in a literal way; rather, by contemplating it, alluding to it, regarding the concept of motherhood from different angles, he has fashioned an album of multiple, intertwining narratives. Its concerns are both personal and global, with subtly autobiographical looks at life and death and ruminations about the precarious state of the world. The many lighthearted moments of Ma are balanced by deeply melancholic, even somber ones. Three tracks are in Spanish, the language that is as much Banhart's native tongue as English, and one in Portuguese.

    Banhart, who spent his childhood in Venezuela, has been profoundly affected by the poverty and despair he's witnessed there. His concern over the dire situation in his motherland drew him back to the Spanish language: "My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles. They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill.There's this helplessness. This place that has been a mother to you, that you're a mother to as well, and it's suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state."

    Working with Grammy Award–winning producer-musician and longtime musical compadre Noah Georgeson, the two started this particular musical journey when they were invited to record in a special room at a venerable old temple in Kyoto, after a short Asian tour. That served as a musical and spiritual prelude to what was to come. Back in California, they recorded at 64 Sound and Sea Horse Studios in Los Angeles and Anderson Canyon in Big Sur. Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon contributes background vocals on "Now All Gone" and Banhart's mentor, muse, and dear friend, the folk legend Vashti Bunyan, duets with him on "Will I See You Tonight." Notes Banhart, "Vashti is the archetype of the mother, one of the most important people in my life. It was so beautiful to sing this duet with her."

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Tour

Fri, Sep 27
Dana Point, CA
Doheny State Beach
Fri, Sep 27
Dana Point, CA
Doheny State Beach
Tue, Oct 15
Ventura, CA
The Majestic Ventura Theater
Tue, Oct 15
Ventura, CA
The Majestic Ventura Theater
Wed, Oct 16
San Francisco, CA
The Fillmore
Wed, Oct 16
San Francisco, CA
The Fillmore
Fri, Oct 18
Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom
Fri, Oct 18
Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom
Sat, Oct 19
Seattle, WA
Moore Theatre
Sat, Oct 19
Seattle, WA
Moore Theatre
Sun, Oct 20
Eugene, OR
WOW Hall
Sun, Oct 20
Eugene, OR
WOW Hall
Tue, Oct 22
Berkeley, CA
The UC Theatre
Tue, Oct 22
Berkeley, CA
The UC Theatre
Thu, Oct 24
Los Angeles, CA
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Thu, Oct 24
Los Angeles, CA
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Fri, Oct 25
Santa Ana, CA
The Yost Theater
Fri, Oct 25
Santa Ana, CA
The Yost Theater
Sun, Oct 27
Phoenix, AZ
Crescent Ballroom
Sun, Oct 27
Phoenix, AZ
Crescent Ballroom
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Devendra Banhart's album Ma bursts with tender, autobiographical vignettes, displaying a shift from the sonic experimentation of his previous albums to an intricate, captivating story-telling and emotional intimacy. The album was co-produced with his longtime musical compadre Noah Georgeson and includes a background vocal from Cate Le Bon and a duet with Banhart's mentor, muse, and dear friend Vashti Bunyan.

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Devendra Banhart's new album, Ma, is due September 13, 2019, on Nonesuch Records. This is Banhart's first album since 2016's Ape in Pink Marble. Ma, bursting with tender, autobiographical vignettes, displays a shift from the sonic experimentation of his previous albums to an intricate, captivating story-telling and emotional intimacy. Banhart favors organic sounds to accompany his voice and guitar, the arrangements bolstered by strings, woodwinds, brass, and keyboards. Pre-order Ma in the Nonesuch Store—including on limited-edition clear vinyl—for an instant download of the first single, "Kantori Ongaku," a fantastical, surrealistic video for which can be seen below, and get an exclusive, limited-edition print, created and signed by Banhart.

"Kantori Ongaku" translates from Japanese to "country music" and is a nod to experimental pop legend Haruomi Hosono, a founding member of the influential electronic band Yellow Magic Orchestra. The song's video features a full circle journey of vignettes that play on the dream-like quality of intimate activities. The video, colorfully directed by Giraffe Studios, also features guest cameos and a brief infomercial pleading for donations to the I Love Venezuela Foundation.

The simply titled Ma is Devendra Banhart's third album for Nonesuch, one that addresses—often in a beguilingly oblique way—the unconditional nature of maternal love, the desire to nurture, the passing down of wisdom, the longing to establish the relationship of mother to child, and the consequences of that bond being broken. Banhart doesn't approach the album's maternal theme in a literal way; rather, by contemplating it, alluding to it, regarding the concept of motherhood from different angles, he has fashioned an album of multiple, intertwining narratives. Its concerns are both personal and global, with subtly autobiographical looks at life and death and ruminations about the precarious state of the world. The many lighthearted moments of Ma are balanced by deeply melancholic, even somber ones. Three tracks are in Spanish, the language that is as much Banhart's native tongue as English, and one in Portuguese.

Banhart, who spent his childhood in Venezuela, has been profoundly affected by the poverty and despair he's witnessed there. His concern over the dire situation in his motherland drew him back to the Spanish language: "My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles. They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill.There's this helplessness. This place that has been a mother to you, that you're a mother to as well, and it's suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state."

Working with Grammy Award–winning producer-musician and longtime musical compadre Noah Georgeson, the two started this particular musical journey when they were invited to record in a special room at a venerable old temple in Kyoto, after a short Asian tour. That served as a musical and spiritual prelude to what was to come. Back in California, they recorded at 64 Sound and Sea Horse Studios in Los Angeles and Anderson Canyon in Big Sur. Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon contributes background vocals on "Now All Gone" and Banhart's mentor, muse, and dear friend, the folk legend Vashti Bunyan, duets with him on "Will I See You Tonight." Notes Banhart, "Vashti is the archetype of the mother, one of the most important people in my life. It was so beautiful to sing this duet with her."

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Tour

Fri, Sep 27
Dana Point, CA
Doheny State Beach
Fri, Sep 27
Dana Point, CA
Doheny State Beach
Tue, Oct 15
Ventura, CA
The Majestic Ventura Theater
Tue, Oct 15
Ventura, CA
The Majestic Ventura Theater
Wed, Oct 16
San Francisco, CA
The Fillmore
Wed, Oct 16
San Francisco, CA
The Fillmore
Fri, Oct 18
Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom
Fri, Oct 18
Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom
Sat, Oct 19
Seattle, WA
Moore Theatre
Sat, Oct 19
Seattle, WA
Moore Theatre
Sun, Oct 20
Eugene, OR
WOW Hall
Sun, Oct 20
Eugene, OR
WOW Hall
Tue, Oct 22
Berkeley, CA
The UC Theatre
Tue, Oct 22
Berkeley, CA
The UC Theatre
Thu, Oct 24
Los Angeles, CA
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Thu, Oct 24
Los Angeles, CA
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Fri, Oct 25
Santa Ana, CA
The Yost Theater
Fri, Oct 25
Santa Ana, CA
The Yost Theater
Sun, Oct 27
Phoenix, AZ
Crescent Ballroom
Sun, Oct 27
Phoenix, AZ
Crescent Ballroom
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