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  • Friday, May 29, 2020

    The Magnetic Fields' new album, Quickies, which was released digitally earlier this month, is now available in a five 7" vinyl box set. You can take a quick look inside in the unboxing video here. The album is twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, performed by Merritt and band members Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, and John Woo, along with longtime friends and collaborators Chris Ewen, Daniel Handler, and Pinky Weitzman. "Miniature gems," says the Guardian. "Extraordinary." A single CD is available outside the US now and will be in the US June 19.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, May 29, 2020

    The cast of Dave Malloy's Octet reunited as their characters for a "Friends of Saul" Zoom meeting to perform "The Forest" from the musical in a new video from the Signature Theatre. You can watch the performance from Adam Bashian, Alex Gibson, JD Mollison, Justin Gregory Lopez, Kim Blanck, Kuhoo Verma, and Margo Seibert in the video, edited by Lindsey Augusta Mercer, here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Nonesuch releases its fourth recording from pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan, The Call Within, on August 28, 2020. On the album, he performs ten original compositions, with Evan Marien on electric bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums. Produced by Hamasyan, The Call Within is a journey into his dreamlike inner world, taking inspiration from his interest in maps from different eras, poetry, Armenian folk stories, astrology, geometry, ancient Armenian design, rock carvings, and cinematography. Pre-order to download the album track “Levitation 21,” a video for which can be seen here; Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive, limited-edition print.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video
  • Thursday, 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!"

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Lianne La Havas performed "Bittersweet," from her upcoming, self-titled album, on BBC Two's Later ... with Jools Holland from home on Friday. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Television Video
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt performed a two-song set for The Andy Warhol Museum's Silver Studio Sessions series from home: "She Says Hello," from the band's new album, Quickies, and his take on The Walker Brothers tune "In My Room." You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Friday, May 22, 2020

    I Still Play, an album of eleven new solo piano compositions written by artists who have recorded for Nonesuch Records, is now available. The pieces were written in honor of the label's longtime President Bob Hurwitz on the occasion of his 2017 shift into the Chairman Emeritus role. This "all-star collection" (Financial Times) features works by John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Timo Andres, Louis Andriessen, Donnacha Dennehy, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Brad Mehldau, Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, and Randy Newman, performed by Andres, Mehldau, Newman, and Jeremy Denk. A new video of Andres performing his own piece, "Wise Words," on which you can follow along in the score, is also available here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video
  • Thursday, 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.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Web Weekend Events
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    Chris Thile and Rachael & Vilray are set to take part in the newly announced flexible summer programming presented at Caramoor, the cultural arts venue on an 80-plus-acre estate in Katonah, New York. They will perform the season's first public, open-air concerts on Caramoor's Friends Fields, set up for small, well-spaced audiences, on Saturdays July 18 and July 25, respectively. Tickets will go on sale five days before each performance.

     

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    Lianne La Havas has released "Can't Fight," a new song from her upcoming self-titled album. You can hear it here. "'Can’t Fight' is that feeling of, you know it’s not good, but you can’t not do it," La Havas says of the song, which was co-written and produced by Mura Masa. "People say if you’re having a hard time in a relationship, just leave. It’s so easy to say, but it’s so much more complicated than that. Because there’s two of you, and neither of you are perfect. And there are things that you’re learning along the way. So you think, ‘Well, let me do a little bit of work and just see if we can get that feeling back—it’s possible because we do really love each other.’ So I guess at the time, I was convinced that yes, it’s hard, but we can get through this."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    Composer/pianist Timo Andres was due to make his Carnegie Hall recital debut on April 29. The program was meant to feature several pieces from the new album I Still Play, out this Friday, and more. When the concert was canceled due to COVID-19, Andres filmed himself performing each piece on the program from home, and released the concert on YouTube the night it was meant to have taken place. You can now watch it here. "The music has taken on new depth during [this] process," Andres writes. "I love it all even more now. Each of the I Still Play pieces is a little conversational gem, distilling an aspect of its author’s voice into a concentrated nugget."

     

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi performed songs from their album there is no Other at the very special venue of The Metropolitan Museum's Temple of Dendur in NYC last fall. The concert received its digital premiere via The Met last weekend and can now be seen here. "This performance is both a condemnation of 'othering' and a celebration of the spreading of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience," says The Met. The unique venue "provided a stunning context for Giddens' virtuosity and raw emotional musicality."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video

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