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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Lianne La Havas performed "Bittersweet," from her upcoming, self-titled album, on BBC Two's Later ... with Jools Holland from home on Friday. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Television Video
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt performed a two-song set for The Andy Warhol Museum's Silver Studio Sessions series from home: "She Says Hello," from the band's new album, Quickies, and his take on The Walker Brothers tune "In My Room." You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Friday, May 22, 2020

    I Still Play, an album of eleven new solo piano compositions written by artists who have recorded for Nonesuch Records, is now available. The pieces were written in honor of the label's longtime President Bob Hurwitz on the occasion of his 2017 shift into the Chairman Emeritus role. This "all-star collection" (Financial Times) features works by John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Timo Andres, Louis Andriessen, Donnacha Dennehy, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Brad Mehldau, Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, and Randy Newman, performed by Andres, Mehldau, Newman, and Jeremy Denk. A new video of Andres performing his own piece, "Wise Words," on which you can follow along in the score, is also available here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    Composer/pianist Timo Andres was due to make his Carnegie Hall recital debut on April 29. The program was meant to feature several pieces from the new album I Still Play, out this Friday, and more. When the concert was canceled due to COVID-19, Andres filmed himself performing each piece on the program from home, and released the concert on YouTube the night it was meant to have taken place. You can now watch it here. "The music has taken on new depth during [this] process," Andres writes. "I love it all even more now. Each of the I Still Play pieces is a little conversational gem, distilling an aspect of its author’s voice into a concentrated nugget."

     

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi performed songs from their album there is no Other at the very special venue of The Metropolitan Museum's Temple of Dendur in NYC last fall. The concert received its digital premiere via The Met last weekend and can now be seen here. "This performance is both a condemnation of 'othering' and a celebration of the spreading of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience," says The Met. The unique venue "provided a stunning context for Giddens' virtuosity and raw emotional musicality."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Sunday, May 17, 2020

    Lianne La Havas released the video for her single "Paper Thin," from her upcoming self-titled album, due July 17. She made the video herself while social-distancing at home in London. You can watch it here. "'Paper Thin,’ for me, is the song that started this whole thing going. It started as a distant melody in my head as I was falling asleep that I decided not to sleep on,” La Havas explains. “It was recorded as jam between friends and has stayed that way.”

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020

    Brad Mehldau's performance of his piece "L.A. Pastorale," from the upcoming album I Still Play, is out now, along with a video for the song featuring photographs from Los Angeles. The song is available to download now with pre-orders of the album, due May 22. You can watch the "L.A. Pastorale" video here. I Still Play is eleven new solo piano compositions by artists who have recorded for Nonesuch Records, written in honor of the label’s longtime President Bob Hurwitz on the occasion of his 2017 shift into the Chairman Emeritus role.

    Journal Topics: Video
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020

    Punch Brothers' Chris Thile and Chris “Critter” Eldridge performed on the final episode of The Bluegrass Situation’s Whiskey Sour Happy Hour last night, with band mate Gabe Witcher in the show's house band and Noam Pikelny in the finale. The series, hosted by Ed Helms and presented in partnership with Americana Music Association, raises funds for MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund and Direct Relief.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020

    Jeremy Denk led the third and final event of Bach's Well-Tempered Lens, his online series for WNYC/WQXR's The Greene Space in NYC, with "How to Think Like Bach." From his barn in upstate New York, Denk performed pieces by Bach and led a distanced discussion about what happens to our brains when we listen to the composer's work, joined by neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, music therapist Concetta Tomaino, and longtime recital partner cellist Steven Isserlis for performance and conversation. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Lake Street Dive led Volume 2 of its Lounge Around Sounds Variety Hour of music and laughter, joined for this episode by special guest Emily King. It was an hour of pay-what-you-can fun, with a portion of the proceeds going on King's behalf to City Harvest, which rescues food in NYC to feed neighbors in need. You can watch it all here, and keep the lounging going afterwards with new Lounge Around Sounds merch from the Lake Street Dive Store.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Rhiannon Giddens has released a cover of Bill Withers' “Just the Two of Us" featuring Sxip Shirey. The video, which you can watch here, features photos and videos taken by friends and family in quarantine, and workers in the UNC and NY-Presbyterian healthcare systems. Proceeds go to Global Giving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund. You can also watch her performance with Francesco Turrisi on The Bluegrass Situation's Whiskey Sour Happy Hour.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Randy Newman was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from home to perform his new song, "Stay Away," a public service announcement for social distancing. "People are saying it's the greatest song ever written or that they've heard," Newman quips. "A lot of people are saying it. I'm not; it's they who are saying it." You can watch it here. Proceeds from the song support the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Television Video

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