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  • Monday, April 20, 2020

    Composer and conductor John Adams spoke with France Musique for a thirty-minute tête-à-tête in English during a trip to conduct Orchestre Symphonique de Radio France in concert earlier this year. The conversation covers his music, musical influences, current events, current social trends, Kendrick Lamar, and some of his favorite pieces by Debussy, Stravinsky, and more. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, April 16, 2020

    The Magnetic Fields have released "(I Want to Join A) Biker Gang," a new song from their forthcoming album, Quickies, due in May. Quickies features twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two minutes and thirty-five seconds. You can watch the video for "(I Want to Join A) Biker Gang" here now. The Magnetic Fields residencies at City Winery venues originally scheduled for this spring and summer have been rescheduled for January and February 2021, due to COVID-19.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    Lianne La Havas joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jules Buckley for a performance at Barbican Hall in London in February. On the program was a special orchestral version of La Havas's new song, "Bittersweet," which you can now see here. The full concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm BST on April 28.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    Attacca Quartet helped celebrate the tenth anniversary of WNYC/WQXR's The Greene Space and mark the release of its recording of Caroline Shaw's Orange with a performance at the venue on April 12, 2019. The event, which also includes a Q&A with New Sounds host John Schaefer, was revisited in a live stream yesterday and can be seen here. Orange, for which Attacca Quartet earned the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, will be released on a two-LP vinyl edition later this year.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, April 13, 2020

    Ry Cooder has written a new song "Congregatin'," a public service message encouraging everyone to do the opposite and social distance to combat COVID-19. Or, as he sings: no more congregatin'. You can watch him perform the song from home here.

    Journal Topics: Video
  • Friday, April 10, 2020

    Guatemalan-born singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno has released "Yo Me Quedo en Casa," a new video in partnership with UNICEF Guatemala and with the help of some young family members and friends to remind everyone to stay home and practice social distancing to help stop COVID-19. You can watch it and find the lyrics here. And, as part of UNICEF's efforts to promote learning at home, families are encouraged to record a video of their children singing the song using the hashtag #AprendoEnCasa. Moreno was named a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF Guatemala in February.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    Randy Newman performs a new song, "Stay Away," as a reminder of the importance of social distancing to combat COVID-19. He wrote the song in response to a request from California public radio station KPCC. You can watch it and read the lyrics here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Jeremy Denk launched Bach's Well-Tempered Lens, a series of online events for WNYC/WQXR's The Greene Space in NYC with a deep dive into Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book I. Denk was at the piano performing and doing analysis and interpretation from his upstate barn. "When I started practicing it, I felt that I was plugged into a kind of contentment that I wasn't used to having," Denk says. "It made me feel a kind of happiness and a kind of at-oneness with time that I wasn't really used to." You can watch it here.

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  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Composer, singer, and guitarist Vilray—who wrote the songs for and is one half of the duo on the album Rachael & Vilray with Lake Street Dive's Rachael Price—was slated to perform at the Savannah Music Festival in Georgia this month. Instead, he took part in the festival's online SMF at Noon30 Concert Series of at-home performances. He gave a solo take on "At Your Mother's House," from Rachael & Vilray, and a new song for new love in a time of social isolation called "A Love Song Played Slow," from Brooklyn. You can watch the set here.

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  • Monday, April 6, 2020

    Kronos Quartet gave a concert and Q&A in celebration of its 40th anniversary at WNYC/WQXR's The Greene Space in NYC on March 24, 2014. The venue revisited the special event with an encore stream. "For forty years, the Kronos Quartet has been reimagining the string quartet experience," said host Helga Davis. "They've performed thousands of concerts worldwide, and their list of collaborators is a who's who of twentieth and twenty-first century music." You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, April 6, 2020

    Armenian composer and pianist Tigran Hamasyan gave a Facebook Live concert on the official Armenian government Facebook page from his home in Los Angeles today. The event is part of a twice-weekly concert series initiated by the government "to make the daily lives of self-isolated and isolated citizens more interesting," according to Armenian Public Radio. You can watch it here.

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  • Monday, April 6, 2020

    Rhiannon Giddens has released a music video for "Trees on the Mountain" after a song from there is no Other, her 2019 Nonesuch album with Francesco Turrisi. The video was directed by William Kaner and choreographed by Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, and features company artists from Nashville Ballet. Giddens previously worked with Nashville Ballet for her score to last year's Shakespeare-inspired ballet Lucy Negro Redux. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video

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