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  • December 9, 2019

    Devendra Banhart will present Other Flowers, a multi-medium pop-up retail experience at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles this Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, 2019, as part of the gallery’s third annual Holiday Market, featuring more than forty local makers, artists, performers, and nonprofit organizations. Banhart will offer visitors access to his work in art, song, and curation, including apparel, books, personalized vinyl, photography, and paintings. Other Flowers will also feature live performances, including a solo set from Banhart.

  • December 2, 2019

    Devendra Banhart stopped by WFUV to talk with FUV Live host Alisa Ali and perform three songs from his new album, Ma—"Taking a Page," "Carolina," and "October 12"—which you can watch here. Banhart also spoke with Pitchfork for its The Song I Wish I Wrote series; his choice: Joan Armatrading's "Willow." "I think this is the perfect song," he says in the video you can watch here. His North American tour concludes with concerts in Montreal, Boston, Brooklyn, DC, and Philadelphia this week. He heads to Europe in January.

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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

Sat, Dec 14
Los Angeles, CA
Hauser & Wirth
Sat, Dec 14
Los Angeles, CA
Hauser & Wirth
Tue, Jan 21
Warsaw
Palladium
Tue, Jan 21
Warsaw
Palladium
Wed, Jan 22
Warsaw
Palladium
Wed, Jan 22
Warsaw
Palladium
Fri, Jan 24
Berlin
Tempodrom
Fri, Jan 24
Berlin
Tempodrom
Sat, Jan 25
Prague
Palac Akropolis
Sat, Jan 25
Prague
Palac Akropolis
Sun, Jan 26
Leipzig
Felsenkeller
Sun, Jan 26
Leipzig
Felsenkeller
Tue, Jan 28
Brussels
Ancienne Belgique
Tue, Jan 28
Brussels
Ancienne Belgique
Wed, Jan 29
Cologne
Carlswerk
Wed, Jan 29
Cologne
Carlswerk
Thu, Jan 30
Amsterdam
Paradiso
Thu, Jan 30
Amsterdam
Paradiso
Sat, Feb 1
Rotterdam
Annabel
Sat, Feb 1
Rotterdam
Annabel
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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

Sat, Dec 14
Los Angeles, CA
Hauser & Wirth
Sat, Dec 14
Los Angeles, CA
Hauser & Wirth
Tue, Jan 21
Warsaw
Palladium
Tue, Jan 21
Warsaw
Palladium
Wed, Jan 22
Warsaw
Palladium
Wed, Jan 22
Warsaw
Palladium
Fri, Jan 24
Berlin
Tempodrom
Fri, Jan 24
Berlin
Tempodrom
Sat, Jan 25
Prague
Palac Akropolis
Sat, Jan 25
Prague
Palac Akropolis
Sun, Jan 26
Leipzig
Felsenkeller
Sun, Jan 26
Leipzig
Felsenkeller
Tue, Jan 28
Brussels
Ancienne Belgique
Tue, Jan 28
Brussels
Ancienne Belgique
Wed, Jan 29
Cologne
Carlswerk
Wed, Jan 29
Cologne
Carlswerk
Thu, Jan 30
Amsterdam
Paradiso
Thu, Jan 30
Amsterdam
Paradiso
Sat, Feb 1
Rotterdam
Annabel
Sat, Feb 1
Rotterdam
Annabel
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