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  • Friday,June 21,2024
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    The original cast recording of the Tony Award–winning Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical, previously released digitally, is now available on CD, with the 2-LP vinyl set due August 30. The new work features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, a book by Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury, and direction and choreography by Peck, with new arrangements by Timo Andres and music supervision and direction by Nathan Koci. The New York Times exclaims: "The vocalists do not seem to sing so much as pour emotion into our ears."

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Monday,June 17,2024
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    Congratulations to the company of Illinoise: A New Musical on its performance on the Tony Awards last night and to the show's director, choreographer, and co-author Justin Peck, who won the Tony for Outstanding Choreography. The cast performed "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!," from the show, which features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, with new arrangements by Timo Andres. You can watch it here. The original cast recording, now available to download and stream, is out on CD this Friday and is on vinyl August 30.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Television
  • Wednesday,June 5,2024
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    The cast of the current four-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical was on CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform "Jacksonville" from the show and the just-released original cast recording. The choreography and tap dance choreography are by the show's director, choreographer, and co-author Justin Peck, with tap dance improvisations by Byron Tittle; music and lyrics are by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois. You can watch the performance here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, Video
  • Sunday,June 2,2024
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    "That's the mark of good work: if an audience can know nothing about it and just enter into the space and take it in and have an experience that moves them," director-choreographer Justin Peck tells CBS Sunday Morning's Kelefa Sanneh in a feature on the Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical. Sanneh talks with Peck, the show's director, choreographer, and book co-writer; playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury, who co-wrote the book; and Shara Nova (aka My Brightest Diamond), who performs on the original Sufjan Stevens album Illinois on which the show is based and the just-released original cast album. You can watch the piece here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, Video
  • Friday,May 31,2024
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    The original cast recording of the current Tony-nominated Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical is now available to stream and download via Nonesuch Records, with the CD due June 21 and vinyl August 30. The new work features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, a book by Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury, and direction and choreography by Peck, with new arrangements by Timo Andres and music supervision and direction by Nathan Koci. The New York Times exclaims: “The vocalists do not seem to sing so much as pour emotion into our ears.” The Illinoise cast and on-stage band perform a song from the musical on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, June 4.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Wednesday,May 22,2024
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    A recording of the current Tony-nominated Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical will be released digitally via Nonesuch on May 31. A sneak peek of two album tracks—“Chicago (Reprise)” and “The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!”—is available here. The new work features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, a book by Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury, and direction and choreography by Peck, with new arrangements by Timo Andres and music supervision and direction by Nathan Koci. Details of the CD and LP release date coming soon. The New York Times exclaims: “The vocalists do not seem to sing so much as pour emotion into our ears.” Variety says: “A thrilling, genre-defying Broadway musical brings the Sufjan Stevens album to lyrical life.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Friday,March 22,2024
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    Timo Andres’ new album, The Blind Banister, is out now on Nonesuch. The album comprises three works by the composer/pianist: the piano concerto The Blind Banister (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016), with Andres as soloist, and Upstate Obscura for chamber orchestra and cello, with soloist Inbal Segev—both of which feature Metropolis Ensemble and conductor Andrew Cyr—and the solo piano piece Colorful History, also performed by Andres.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Wednesday,February 7,2024
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    Timo Andres stops by for the Nonesuch Selects video series, in which artists visit the Nonesuch office, pick some of their favorite albums from the music library, and share a few words on their choices. Andres—whose new album, The Blind Banister, is out March 22—chose music by Emmylou Harris, Dawn Upshaw, John Adams, Richard Goode, and Robin Holcomb. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Nonesuch Selects, Video
  • Wednesday,January 31,2024
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    Composer/pianist Timo Andres has made his NPR Tiny Desk Concert debut with a performance of two Philip Glass Piano Etudes—Nos. 6 and 5—that premiered today, on Glass's eighty-seventh birthday. You can watch it here. Andres performs Glass's Evening Song No. 2 on the 2020 Nonesuch album I Still Play. Andres's new album, The Blind Banister, is due March 22.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Tuesday,January 30,2024
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    Timo Andres’ new album, The Blind Banister, is due March 22 on Nonesuch. The album comprises three works by the composer/pianist: the piano concerto The Blind Banister (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016), with Andres as soloist, and Upstate Obscura for chamber orchestra and cello, with soloist Inbal Segev—both of which feature Metropolis Ensemble and conductor Andrew Cyr—and the solo piano piece Colorful History, also performed by Andres. You can hear the third movement of Upstate Obscura, “Vanishing Point,” now.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Wednesday,May 10,2023
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    Composer/pianist Timo Andres is on The Next Track podcast to talk about a number of contemporary classical pieces, including those on his own Nonesuch albums Home Stretch and Shy and Mighty, Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, Morton Feldman’s Piano and String Quartet, Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, Terry Riley’s In C, and works by Cage, Messiaen, Pärt, Rzewski, Takemitsu, and Sufjan Stevens. You can hear it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Podcast
  • Wednesday,March 1,2023
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    The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced its 2023–24 concert season, and featured among the performers taking the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage in its 20th anniversary season are John Adams, Thomas Adès, Timo Andres, Brad Mehldau, Natalie Merchant, and Cécile McLorin Salvant.

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