- Tuesday, September 26, 2023
“This new recording is just extraordinary. It’s so engaging,” saxophonist David Sanborn says of Mélusine, the new album from Cécile McLorin Salvant, the guest on his new WBGO podcast, As We Speak. “I think the gravitational pull of the way you ordered the music and how you paced it was really powerful,” he tells Salvant. “And then when I read the story of Mélusine and how that was the organizing principle for all of it, it made it even more astounding to me … Just brilliant.” You can hear their conversation here.
- Tuesday, September 26, 2023
“This new recording is just extraordinary. It’s so engaging,” saxophonist David Sanborn says of Mélusine, the new album from Cécile McLorin Salvant, the guest on his new WBGO podcast, As We Speak. “I think the gravitational pull of the way you ordered the music and how you paced it was really powerful,” he tells Salvant. “And then when I read the story of Mélusine and how that was the organizing principle for all of it, it made it even more astounding to me … Just brilliant.” You can hear their conversation here.Tuesday, September 26, 2023
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, whose musical Here Lies Love is now on Broadway, were on ABC’s Nightline to discuss the show, which host Juju Chang calls an “Immersive and electrifying telling” of the rise and fall of the Philippines’ notorious Imelda Marcos and the People Power Revolution, and the importance of the historic all-Filipino cast. You can watch it here.Monday, September 25, 2023
Congratulations to Cécile McLorin Salvant, who has won the Edison Jazz Award in the Netherlands for International Vocalist for her new album, Mélusine. Salvant won the same award last year for her Nonesuch debut album, Ghost Song. Her label mate Julia Bullock won the Edison Klassiek Award for Solo Vocalist earlier this month for her Nonesuch debut album, Walking in the Dark. The ceremony for both awards takes place on October 9 in Leusden, Netherlands.Journal Topics: Artist NewsFriday, September 22, 2023
Rhiannon Giddens brings her new album, You’re the One, to New England. The Black Keys headline Sing Out Loud Festival in Florida. Kronos Quartet is in California. Natalie Merchant tours the Pacific Northwest. Cécile McLorin Salvant performs in Idaho. Chris Thile concludes tour Kentucky with Louisville Orchestra and conductor Teddy Abrams. Molly Tuttle plays Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Los Angeles.Thursday, September 21, 2023Yasmin Williams’ Song “Dawning,” Featuring Aoife O’Donovan, Out Now on Nonesuch; New Album From Guitarist/Composer to Come in 2024
“‘Dawning’ has multiple meanings for me,” composer/guitarist Yasmin Williams says of her first song on Nonesuch, out today, which features Aoife O’Donovan on vocals, Kafari on rhythm bones, and Nic Gareiss’ percussive dancing and provides an early peek at her new album, which the label will release in early 2024: “the dawning of my professional music career and a new love in my personal life, the dawning sky that appeared when I first started writing this song, and me smiling to myself with dawning recognition that I get to create music that I love for a living and share it with the world. This song represents a major shift in how I approach my music and expands the possibilities of what my songs can be.”Monday, September 18, 2023
Rhiannon Giddens was on BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions to talk with host Michael Berkeley about and share music from Bach, Dvořák, Mahalia Jackson, Duke Ellington, Stephen Sondheim, and more. You can hear their conversation and Giddens’ selections here.Friday, September 15, 2023
Vagabon, aka Lætitia Tamko, has released her new album, Sorry I Haven’t Called, out now. On the album, Tamko reinvents herself once again with the most playful and adventurous music of her career. Co-produced by Tamko and Rostam (Vampire Weekend, Haim), the album features twelve vibrant tracks she wrote and produced primarily in Germany that channel dance music and effervescent pop through her own confident sensibilities. “This record feels like what I've been working towards,” Tamko says. “It's completely euphoric.”Journal Topics: Album ReleaseFriday, September 15, 2023
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society perform Dynamic Maximum Tension at The Jazz Gallery in NYC. Rhiannon Giddens brings her new album, You’re the One, to the Ryman in Nashville and Athenaeum in Chicago. The Black Keys headline Bourbon & Beyond in Louisville. Jeremy Denk joins Danish String Quartet at Wigmore Hall in London. Brad Mehldau performs new solo piano piece at Dublin's National Concert Hall. Chris Thile performs new song cycle with Louisville Orchestra. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway play Pickin’ in the Pines in Flagstaff. Vagabon is in Brussels and Berlin with Arlo Parks.Thursday, September 14, 2023
The Staves release “You Held It All,” their first new music since the release of their 2021 album, Good Woman, today. It is also the group’s first recording as the duo of Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor, following their sister and bandmate Emily’s stepping back after the birth of her children. Produced by John Congleton in Los Angeles, “‘You Held It All’ is a song about understanding, and the knots we tie ourselves in when we don’t express our truth,” The Staves say, “and how much power and freedom there can be when we do.”Thursday, September 14, 2023
Natalie Merchant was on The Sound of Success to talk with host Nic Harcourt about her life and musical career, including her new album, Keep Your Courage, and the tour for it she resumes next week on the US West Coast. She shares what Brian Eno and Roxy Music meant to her in her youth (on 8-track!), the impact of David Byrne’s early music videos, her musical guilty pleasure, and much more.Thursday, September 14, 2023
Congratulations to Julia Bullock, who has won the Edison Klassiek Award in the Netherlands for Solo Vocalist for her debut solo album, Walking in the Dark, released late last year on Nonesuch. The awards ceremony will take place in Leusden, Netherlands, on October 9. Bullock won Breakout Artist of the Year in Germany’s Opus Klassik Awards in June.Journal Topics: Artist NewsTuesday, September 12, 2023Big Ears Festival 2024 to Feature More Than a Dozen Nonesuch Artists in Celebration of Label’s 60th Anniversary
The line-up for the 2024 Big Ears Festival—taking place in downtown Knoxville, TN, March 21–24—has been announced, including more than a dozen Nonesuch artists past, present, and future, in celebration of the label’s 60th anniversary in 2024: Sam Amidon, Laurie Anderson, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Tyondai Braxton, Rhiannon Giddens, Mary Halvorson, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Brad Mehldau, Ringdown (Caroline Shaw and Danni Lee), Davóne Tines, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, and Yasmin Williams.