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  • Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered, performed by the English vocal ensemble Gallicantus led by Gabriel Crouch, will be released on September 25 on New Amsterdam and Nonesuch Records. A video for “Sanctus/Benedictus” from the Mass, made by Deborah Johnson / CandyStations, can be seen here. Snider’s Mass, with a libretto by poet/writer Nathaniel Bellows, is a celebration of, and an elegy for, the natural world—animals, plants, insects, the planet itself—an appeal for greater awareness, urgency, and action.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video
  • Thursday, July 2, 2020

    Lianne La Havas has released a new video for the song “Can’t Fight” from her forthcoming self-titled album. Created in collaboration between La Havas and director Kevin Morosky, the video documents her cultural roots, influences, memories of love and loss, and daily passions, taking the viewer on a visual journey through the her beloved South London. La Havas says, “I’ve finally made a video for ‘Can’t Fight’ navigating the social distancing guidelines, and had a lot of fun doing so. Enjoy.”

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, July 2, 2020

    Vagabon (aka Laetitia Tamko) is a special guest host on the latest episode of the Talkhouse podcast, recorded back in March with Black Belt Eagle and SASAMI. She joins Talkhouse host Elia Einhorn to discuss her work and issues of representation for women of color in music and live performance spaces, ahead of the latter two artists' own talk about the subjects. You can hear the conversation with Vagabon, whom Einhorn calls "one of my absolute favorite artists," at the start of the full episode here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    On his Nonesuch Records debut, Over That Road I’m Bound, due October 2, 2020, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joachim Cooder uses the plain-spoken songs of country-music progenitor and banjo player Uncle Dave Macon as a jumping off point, playing with the lyrics and reworking melodies for his chosen instrument: an electric mbira. Cooder culled songs from Macon’s vast catalog and recorded them with his band and special guests: Ry Cooder, Rayna Gellert, Juliette Commagere, Sam Gendel, Glenn Patscha, Amir Yaghmai, Dan Gellert, and Vieux Farka Touré. The album track “Come Along Buddy” is available today; a video may be seen here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Monday, June 29, 2020

    Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi performed "At the Purchaser's Option," the opening track to Giddens' 2017 album, Freedom Highway, from home in Ireland for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's online series Play at Home today. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, June 29, 2020

    Devendra Banhart will release a four-song EP, Vast Ovoid, as a limited-edition 12” colored vinyl 45 on July 24, 2020. “Let’s See,” the second track from Vast Ovoid, is available today; another EP track, a remix of Banhart’s “Love Song” by Helado Negro, was released in January. The EP is a follow-up to Banhart’s latest studio album, Ma, which was released to critical acclaim in 2019. “This EP was born during the Ma recording sessions, three songs that didn’t quite fit in with Ma’s theme of maternity," Banhart says. "Ultimately all three songs are about the difference between disappointment and disillusion … Bigger difference than I realized ..."

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  • Monday, June 29, 2020

    It was thirty years ago today: Kronos Quartet's album Black Angels, featuring composer George Crumb’s title piece, was released on Nonesuch. Kronos's connection to the piece dates back to the ensemble's origins when, in 1973, violinist David Harrington was inspired to form the group after hearing the work. Crumb's piece sets a powerful tone for the collection, which addresses the political, physical, and spiritual consequences of war, and includes works by Tallis, Ives, Shostakovich, and Istvan Marta. "As a piece of music, George Crumb's Black Angels remains at the heart of Kronos," Harrington says in a new short film about the album you can watch here. "It seems as relevant today as it did in 1973. As an album, Black Angels set our course for the next thirty years and beyond."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Monday, June 29, 2020

    David Byrne helped kick off the Aspen Ideas Festival's 2020 online edition in a conversation with Ford Foundation President Darren Walker on Sunday. The two discussed the role of the artist in difficult social times such as this. "Music can unite people," Byrne says. "It can make people feel that they belong, that they’re not alone." You can watch their conversation here. Also on the festival's opening day were conversations with Anthony Fauci and Stacey Abrams.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Friday, June 26, 2020

    Two Natalie Merchant albums are now available digitally for the first time: Butterfly, a studio album featuring four new songs and six reinterpretations from her catalogue arranged for string quartet, and Rarities, a collection of fifteen rare and previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1998 and 2017. For Rarities, Merchant curated a selection of unique home studio demos, album outtakes, live tracks, and collaborations with diverse artists like Billy Bragg, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, and Amy Helm. Both albums were created for and were previously only available as part of the deluxe ten-CD box set The Natalie Merchant Collection in 2017.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020

    Lianne La Havas will play a one-off solo live show at London's Roundhouse on Wednesday, July 15, which will include new songs from her forthcoming, self-titled album and throughout her catalog. This very special, multi-camera, one-night-only performance will be broadcast via YouTube; tickets go on sale this Friday. La Havas will donate her proceeds to Black Lives Matter–related organizations. She has just released a cover of Radiohead's "Weird Fishes," the latest single from the new album, due July 17. The new track is "glorious," says Uncut; Mojo calls it "a show-stopper."

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020

    Happy Pride! We're honoring the 51st anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall uprising and the 50th anniversary of the first Pride celebrations with an eclectic playlist of recent and classic Nonesuch recordings by LGBTQ+ composers, performers, and allies, including The Magnetic Fields, k.d. lang, Rostam, Mountain Man, Nico Muhly, Jeremy Denk, Stephen Sondheim, Fred Hersch, and others.

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  • Monday, June 22, 2020

    The members of the original Joshua Redman Quartet—Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade—who reunite for the upcoming album RoundAgain, met up for a conversation about the project, their first recording together since 1994’s MoodSwing. They shared stories from their long history together while at the Falcon in upstate New York for a performance last fall. You can watch the conversation here, along with previously released performances of two RoundAgain tracks from the concert.

    Journal Topics: Artist Essays Artist News Video

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