- Sunday,May 28,2023k.d. lang Receives Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, Canada’s Highest Honor in Performing Arts
Congratulations to k.d. lang, who received the 2023 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada’s highest honor in the performing arts, from Governor General Mary Simon at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Friday. The award recognizes artists for having made an indelible contribution to cultural life in Canada and around the world. The six 2023 laureates were honored again at the Awards Gala at the National Arts Centre last night. "I can’t even actually fathom being placed in the same company as the people, the artists who have influenced me so tremendously,” lang said. "Canada has such an embarrassment of riches, so many tremendous artists, and to be bestowed with this honor is unthinkable really ... So, thank you."Thursday,May 25,2023
Sam Amidon performed live at The Blasket Centre – Ionad an Bhlascaoid in West Kerry, Ireland, as part of Anam: Songs for Hearts and Minds, a multi-artist concert that streamed live via Other Voices. Amidon performed songs from his latest release, his 2020 self-titled album, to his 2013 Nonesuch debut, Bright Sunny South, and more. You can watch it here.Journal Topics: Artist NewsVideoMonday,May 22,2023
Molly Tuttle will tour the UK in January 2024 as special guest of fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. The fifteen-city tour begins at the Exeter Corn Exchange January 10 and continues with shows in Bath, London, Bexhill, Southend, Bury St Edmunds, Lytham, Sunderland, Glasgow, Buxton, King's Lynn, Shrewsbury, St Albans, and New Brighton, culminating at Harrogate Royal Hall January 27.Journal Topics: Artist NewsOn TourFriday,May 19,2023
Congratulations to Cécile McLorin Salvant, who received an honorary degree from The New School at its commencement ceremonies in New York City this morning. "Through your fearless explorations, you embody the New School's belief in the power of the artist to change the world for the better," said faculty member Reggie Workman upon presenting her with the degree.Friday,May 19,2023
The Magnetic Fields' 2004 Nonesuch debut album, i, released on vinyl for the first time for Record Store Day 2023 last month, is now available in the Nonesuch Store. This limited-edition LP is on 140-gram, gold-colored vinyl. You can take a quick look inside in the unboxing video and get the vinyl here. "Stephin Merritt is an incomparable lyricist capable of balancing arch wit with painfully acute observation," the Guardian said upon the album's release. "The most exciting dissector of modern love around."Journal Topics: Album ReleaseArtist NewsVideoWednesday,May 17,2023
Molly Tuttle and her band Golden Highway—Bronwyn Keith-Hynes on fiddle, Dominick Leslie on mandolin, Shelby Means on bass, and Kyle Tuttle on banjo—perform "El Dorado," from their upcoming album, City of Gold, live in a new video. The video was directed by Michael Kessler at Sound Emporium Studio A in Nashville, where the new album was recorded. You can watch it here.Journal Topics: Artist NewsVideoFriday,May 12,2023
Emmylou Harris’s second Nonesuch album, Stumble Into Grace, was released on September 23, 2003. Ahead of its twentieth anniversary, Nonesuch releases the album on vinyl for the first time, in a limited cream-colored vinyl edition, out now. On this, her second consecutive album of original material, following her Nonesuch debut album, Red Dirt Girl, Harris is joined by guests like Linda Ronstadt, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Gillian Welch, Jane Siberry, Buddy Miller, Daniel Lanois, and Malcolm Burn, who produced the record.Journal Topics: Album ReleaseArtist NewsVideoFriday,May 12,2023
Laurie Anderson is on The Pitchfork Review podcast. The episode features her conversation with Pitchfork Editor-in-Chief Puja Patel, Kim Gordon, and writer/editor Sinéad Gleeson from the Chicago Humanities Festival in May 2022. They discuss This Woman’s Work, an essay anthology edited by Gordon and Gleeson, which includes a piece about Anderson, and more. You can hear their conversation here.Wednesday,May 10,2023
Makaya McCraven, who performs at the Knockdown Center in Queens, NY, this Saturday as part of the Outline Festival, is the guest on the latest episode of the International Anthem Podcast. McCraven spoke with host Ayana Contreras from his Chicago home about the reception of his acclaimed new album, In These Times, and revisits the concepts, intentions, growth, and changes the work encompassed along his decade-long journey of making it. You can hear their conversation here.Wednesday,May 10,2023
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.Tuesday,May 9,2023Rhiannon Giddens Announces First Solo Album in Six Years, You’re the One, out August 18 on Nonesuch Records
Rhiannon Giddens’ You’re the One, her third solo studio album and her first of all original songs, is due August 18. This collection of twelve tunes written over the course of her career bursts with life-affirming energy, drawing from the folk music she knows so deeply and its pop descendants. The album was produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Alicia Keys, Valerie June) and recorded in Miami with a ten- to twelve-person ensemble including Giddens’ closest musical collaborators from the past decade and a horn section. The lone featured guest on the album is Jason Isbell on "Yet to Be." The album's title track is out today; you can watch the lyric video here. Giddens will lead the biggest headlining shows of her career to celebrate the album's release.Journal Topics: Album ReleaseArtist NewsOn TourVideoMonday,May 8,2023
Congratulations to Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, who have won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize in Music for their opera Omar. Based on the life and autobiography of enslaved Muslim scholar Omar Ibn Said, who was forcefully brought to Charleston from Africa in 1807, Omar premiered at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston in May 2022 and has been performed by LA Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Boston Lyric Opera; it will be performed by San Francisco Opera in November.
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