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  • October 15, 2019

    Devendra Banhart begins a twenty-five city North American tour—his first since 2017—featuring music from his new album, Ma, at The Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura, California, tonight, and includes shows in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Mexico City, Detroit, Toronto, Brooklyn, and more. He tours Europe in early 2020. Banhart has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every US ticket sold (excluding a festival in Austin) will go to World Central Kitchen and every ticket bought in Canada, $1 will go to support Rainbow Railroad.

  • October 8, 2019

    The line-up for the 2020 Big Ears Festival has been announced, and as usual, featured among the performers are several artists familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Devendra Banhart, Kronos Quartet, Terry Riley, and Caroline Shaw. Big Ears will be held at venues throughout downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, March 26–29, 2020. Weekend passes go on sale this Thursday.

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  • Devendra Banhart's new album, Ma, ws released on 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. 

    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

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
Sat, Oct 26
San Diego, CA
Observatory North Park
Sat, Oct 26
San Diego, CA
Observatory North Park
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, ws released on 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. 

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

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
Sat, Oct 26
San Diego, CA
Observatory North Park
Sat, Oct 26
San Diego, CA
Observatory North Park
Sun, Oct 27
Phoenix, AZ
Crescent Ballroom
Sun, Oct 27
Phoenix, AZ
Crescent Ballroom
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