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  • May 28, 2020

    Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi performed an NPR Music Tiny Desk Home Concert from Dublin. The set includes four "old songs," as Giddens calls them—"'cause with these kinds of emotions, the old songs say it best." You can watch it here. "They're finding comfort in being together, making music together, thinking of their families in both Italy and the United States, and hoping to comfort us all with some down-home tunes," says NPR's Bob Boilen. "And with banjos, fiddles, a bodhrán, and that stunning voice, it sure worked for me!"

  • May 21, 2020

    While we can't go out to take in great live music, here are some events taking place online to enjoy while staying home this weekend—a long Memorial Day weekend in the US: Joshua Redman and Tigran Hamasyan perform in the free online Tokyo Jazz Festival Saturday and Sunday; Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi lead a live home concert to benefit Gather New Haven Friday; Lake Street Dive's 2018 concert at The Anthem in DC premieres on Nugs Friday; Lianne La Havas is on BBC Two's Later... With Jools Holland from home Friday night.

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  • Rhiannon Giddens's latest album, there is no Other, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, is set for May 3, 2019, release on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Joe Henry and tracked over an intensely productive five-day period in Dublin, Ireland, there is no Other is at once a condemnation of "othering" and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience. Pre-order the album now with an instant download of "I'm on My Way" and a Nonesuch Store exclusive, limited-edition autographed print. 

    Tracing the overlooked movement of sounds from Africa and the Arabic world and their influence on European and American music, there is no Other illuminates the universality of music and the commonality of the human experience. It primarily features only Giddens and Turrisi playing one or two instruments together. The album comprises a mix of original songs penned by Giddens and a diverse set of interpretations ranging from Ola Belle Reed's "I'm Gonna Write Me a Letter," and Oscar Brown, Jr's "Brown Baby" to the Italian traditional "Pizzica di San Vito" to the aria "Black Swan" by Gian-Carlo Menotti

    Giddens recently told the Irish Times: "It's all about movement, for both of us ... movements of human beings and how we affect each other. If you just look at our range of instruments, where they've come from and how they've travelled across the world, it's pretty amazing. The way that both of us approach music is very similar because we're both educated about where the music is coming from. But when it comes to playing, we're both just playing what we feel."

    there is no Other was recorded with little editing and overdubbing. Giddens sings and plays minstrel banjo, octave violin, and viola. Turrisi plays piano, accordion, frame drum, tamburello, lute, cello banjo, daf, and colascione. They are joined on four songs by Kate Ellis on cello. The array of instruments reveal the sonic ties that bind between African, Arabic, European, and American cultures.

    Giddens and Turrisi will debut a number of songs from the album at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN this Friday, March 22. She is also a panelist at the festival, and the ballet she and Turrisi scored, Lucy Negro Redux, will be performed twice at Big Ears as well. (Giddens and Turrisi play the score live on stage. Lucy Negro Redux was recently deemed a "miracle" by the New York Times.)

    Giddens and Turrisi have also announced an extensive 2019 tour; see below for a full list of dates.

    Rhiannon Giddens is a celebrated artist who excavates the past to reveal bold and candid truths about our present. A MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient, she has performed for the Obama's at the White House and acted in two seasons of the hit television series Nashville. She has been profiled by CBS Sunday Morning, the New York Times, and NPR's Fresh Air, among others. Her acclaimed solo albums, Tomorrow Is My Turn (along with the EP Factory Girl, produced by T Bone Burnett) and Freedom Highway, received three Grammy Award nominations; her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops (which she co-founded) received a Grammy in 2010. Giddens is also featured in Ken Burns's Country Music series coming to PBS this fall and will perform at concerts tied to the series in Nashville and New York City. Songs of Our Native Daughters, a collaborative album featuring Giddens that tells the stories of historic black womanhood and survival, was released on Smithsonian Folkways last month to rave reviews.

    Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi defies easy categorization. Called "a musical alchemist" by the Irish Times, Turrisi is a Turin-born musician whose Dublin base reflects his global sensibilities. With his unique ability to fold early music, pan-Mediterranean modal melodies, and European flavored jazz into a single repertoire, Turrisi has developed a musical style that crisscrosses cultures and forges musical alliances that are, at once, old and familiar and startlingly brand new. He has performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, jazz icon Dave Liebman, early music group l'Arpeggiata, contemporary ensemble Bang on a Can, Irish sean-nós singer Roisin El Safty, and tarantella specialist Lucilla Galeazzi.

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Tour

Fri, Jun 5
Northampton, MA
Signature Sounds
Fri, Jun 5
Northampton, MA
Signature Sounds
Fri, Jun 12
San Francisco, CA
SFJAZZ
Fri, Jun 12
San Francisco, CA
SFJAZZ
Sun, Jun 14
New York, NY
Sun, Jun 14
New York, NY
Thu, Sep 10
Toledo, OH
Valentine Theatre
Thu, Sep 10
Toledo, OH
Valentine Theatre
Fri, Oct 23
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Fri, Oct 23
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Fri, Oct 23
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Fri, Oct 23
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Fri, Nov 13
Greensboro, NC
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
Fri, Nov 13
Greensboro, NC
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
Sun, Nov 15
Greensboro, NC
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
Sun, Nov 15
Greensboro, NC
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
Thu, Jan 14
New York, NY
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
Thu, Jan 14
New York, NY
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
Fri, Feb 5
Tilburg
Theater Tilburg
Fri, Feb 5
Tilburg
Theater Tilburg
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Rhiannon Giddens’s album there is no Other, recorded with the multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, was produced by Joe Henry and tracked over five days in Dublin. The album is at once a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience.

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Rhiannon Giddens's latest album, there is no Other, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, is set for May 3, 2019, release on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Joe Henry and tracked over an intensely productive five-day period in Dublin, Ireland, there is no Other is at once a condemnation of "othering" and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience. Pre-order the album now with an instant download of "I'm on My Way" and a Nonesuch Store exclusive, limited-edition autographed print. 

Tracing the overlooked movement of sounds from Africa and the Arabic world and their influence on European and American music, there is no Other illuminates the universality of music and the commonality of the human experience. It primarily features only Giddens and Turrisi playing one or two instruments together. The album comprises a mix of original songs penned by Giddens and a diverse set of interpretations ranging from Ola Belle Reed's "I'm Gonna Write Me a Letter," and Oscar Brown, Jr's "Brown Baby" to the Italian traditional "Pizzica di San Vito" to the aria "Black Swan" by Gian-Carlo Menotti

Giddens recently told the Irish Times: "It's all about movement, for both of us ... movements of human beings and how we affect each other. If you just look at our range of instruments, where they've come from and how they've travelled across the world, it's pretty amazing. The way that both of us approach music is very similar because we're both educated about where the music is coming from. But when it comes to playing, we're both just playing what we feel."

there is no Other was recorded with little editing and overdubbing. Giddens sings and plays minstrel banjo, octave violin, and viola. Turrisi plays piano, accordion, frame drum, tamburello, lute, cello banjo, daf, and colascione. They are joined on four songs by Kate Ellis on cello. The array of instruments reveal the sonic ties that bind between African, Arabic, European, and American cultures.

Giddens and Turrisi will debut a number of songs from the album at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN this Friday, March 22. She is also a panelist at the festival, and the ballet she and Turrisi scored, Lucy Negro Redux, will be performed twice at Big Ears as well. (Giddens and Turrisi play the score live on stage. Lucy Negro Redux was recently deemed a "miracle" by the New York Times.)

Giddens and Turrisi have also announced an extensive 2019 tour; see below for a full list of dates.

Rhiannon Giddens is a celebrated artist who excavates the past to reveal bold and candid truths about our present. A MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient, she has performed for the Obama's at the White House and acted in two seasons of the hit television series Nashville. She has been profiled by CBS Sunday Morning, the New York Times, and NPR's Fresh Air, among others. Her acclaimed solo albums, Tomorrow Is My Turn (along with the EP Factory Girl, produced by T Bone Burnett) and Freedom Highway, received three Grammy Award nominations; her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops (which she co-founded) received a Grammy in 2010. Giddens is also featured in Ken Burns's Country Music series coming to PBS this fall and will perform at concerts tied to the series in Nashville and New York City. Songs of Our Native Daughters, a collaborative album featuring Giddens that tells the stories of historic black womanhood and survival, was released on Smithsonian Folkways last month to rave reviews.

Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi defies easy categorization. Called "a musical alchemist" by the Irish Times, Turrisi is a Turin-born musician whose Dublin base reflects his global sensibilities. With his unique ability to fold early music, pan-Mediterranean modal melodies, and European flavored jazz into a single repertoire, Turrisi has developed a musical style that crisscrosses cultures and forges musical alliances that are, at once, old and familiar and startlingly brand new. He has performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, jazz icon Dave Liebman, early music group l'Arpeggiata, contemporary ensemble Bang on a Can, Irish sean-nós singer Roisin El Safty, and tarantella specialist Lucilla Galeazzi.

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Tour

Fri, Jun 5
Northampton, MA
Signature Sounds
Fri, Jun 5
Northampton, MA
Signature Sounds
Fri, Jun 12
San Francisco, CA
SFJAZZ
Fri, Jun 12
San Francisco, CA
SFJAZZ
Sun, Jun 14
New York, NY
Sun, Jun 14
New York, NY
Thu, Sep 10
Toledo, OH
Valentine Theatre
Thu, Sep 10
Toledo, OH
Valentine Theatre
Fri, Oct 23
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Fri, Oct 23
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Fri, Oct 23
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Fri, Oct 23
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Fri, Nov 13
Greensboro, NC
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
Fri, Nov 13
Greensboro, NC
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
Sun, Nov 15
Greensboro, NC
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
Sun, Nov 15
Greensboro, NC
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
Thu, Jan 14
New York, NY
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
Thu, Jan 14
New York, NY
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
Fri, Feb 5
Tilburg
Theater Tilburg
Fri, Feb 5
Tilburg
Theater Tilburg
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