- Thursday,September 28,2023
Arielle Jacobs, who stars as Imelda Marcos in the first-ever Broadway production of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s musical Here Lies Love, was joined by her cast mates on Good Morning America to perform two songs from the show: the title track and “Eleven Days.” Jacobs was also joined by Conrad Ricamora, who stars as Ninoy Aquino, on GMA3 to perform “Opposite Attraction.” You can watch the performances here.Tuesday,September 26,2023
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, whose musical Here Lies Love is now on Broadway, were on ABC’s Nightline to discuss the show, which host Juju Chang calls an “Immersive and electrifying telling” of the rise and fall of the Philippines’ notorious Imelda Marcos and the People Power Revolution, and the importance of the historic all-Filipino cast. You can watch it here.Thursday,September 21,2023Yasmin Williams’ Song “Dawning,” Featuring Aoife O’Donovan, Out Now on Nonesuch; New Album From Guitarist/Composer to Come in 2024
“‘Dawning’ has multiple meanings for me,” composer/guitarist Yasmin Williams says of her first song on Nonesuch, out today, which features Aoife O’Donovan on vocals, Kafari on rhythm bones, and Nic Gareiss’ percussive dancing and provides an early peek at her new album, which the label will release in early 2024: “the dawning of my professional music career and a new love in my personal life, the dawning sky that appeared when I first started writing this song, and me smiling to myself with dawning recognition that I get to create music that I love for a living and share it with the world. This song represents a major shift in how I approach my music and expands the possibilities of what my songs can be.”Tuesday,September 12,2023
Vagabon, aka Lætitia Tamko, whose new album, Sorry I Haven’t Called, is out this Friday, has shared one final taste of the album, a video for the Mariah Carey–inspired “Lexicon,” the most jubilant track on an album comprising the most playful and adventurous music of Tamko’s career. You can watch the video, directed by Kathleen Dycaico, here.Friday,September 8,2023
Composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue and his Secret Society ensemble make their Nonesuch Records debut with Dynamic Maximum Tension, out now. The album pays homage to some of Argue’s key influences with original songs dedicated to R. Buckminster Fuller, Alan Turing, and Mae West. Cécile McLorin Salvant joins for “Mae West: Advice.” "Superb … Dynamic Maximum Tension is a delight," exclaims All About Jazz in a four-star review. The New York City Jazz Record adds: "Remarkable in its ambition, scope, and sheer length, this is Argue’s crowning achievement to date."Tuesday,September 5,2023
Hurray for the Riff Raff, aka Alynda Segarra, who was on Norah Jones’ podcast Norah Jones Is Playing Along last week, can now be seen in a video from the session in which the duo performs Lucinda Williams’ song “Drunken Angel,” from Williams' 1998 album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. You can watch it here.Tuesday,August 29,2023
“The music on Dynamic Maximum Tension consists mostly of portraits of people—Buckminster Fuller and Alan Turing and Mae West and Duke Ellington,” composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue says of his upcoming album with his Secret Society ensemble in a new behind-the-scenes video. "I tried to think about, well, what are the places in my life where I turn to look for optimism and inspiration and the idea that the future is something to be anticipated rather than dreaded. So that’s the impetus for so much of the music on this record—to look to a period in the past where the future seemed brighter than it does today, and to try to find a way to represent that optimism about the future in music some way.” You can watch the video, directed by Reuben Hernandez at PowerStation at BerkleeNYC, here.Wednesday,August 23,2023
Rhiannon Giddens has shared a new video about the making of her new album, You're the One, filmed by Torrance Hill in Miami's Criteria Recording Studios at the recording of the album. "This album has been created in love and camaraderie, crossing boundaries musically," she says in the video. "We've got a lot of different types of music going on, a lot of different musicians from different worlds coming together. Part of my mission this whole time is to talk about how these barriers are not barriers ... When people are all in it for the same reason—i.e. we're gonna make an amazing piece of art, we're gonna make this great piece of music, and we're gonna do it in a way that enriches us and the listener, so we have gained by making it, and the listener has gained by listening to it—the barriers don't matter." You can watch it here.Tuesday,August 22,2023
"She’s kind of phenomenal, really," CBS Mornings' Anthony Mason says ahead of his conversation with Rhiannon Giddens. "She’s doing some incredibly important work." They visit RetroFret Vintage Guitars in Brooklyn to talk about her new album, You're the One, her Pulitzer Prize–winning opera with Michael Abels, Omar, and more. You can watch their conversation here.Saturday,August 19,2023
Rhiannon Giddens and her band were on CBS Saturday Morning to perform a Saturday Sessions set of three songs from her new album, You’re the One: “Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad,” the title track, and “If You Don’t Know How Sweet It Is,” a web exclusive. You can watch all three performances here.Friday,August 18,2023
Portuguese fado singer Carminho's new, self-produced album, Portuguesa, released to critical acclaim earlier this year, is now available in the US on CD and vinyl on Nonesuch, ahead of a fall North American tour. You can take a quick look inside the vinyl here. The sixth album of Carminho’s career, Portuguesa features fourteen compositions: several of her own songs as well as those of other writers, including traditional fado songs, through which she explores various combinations within the canons, reimagining the form.Thursday,August 17,2023
Composer Steve Reich talks about creating his iconic 1965 tape piece It's Gonna Rain in a new video from his publisher Boosey & Hawkes. That year, Reich recorded Pentecostal preacher Brother Walter preaching on Noah and the Flood in San Francisco, then aligned two Wollensak tape recorders that gradually fell out of sync, eventually creating contrapuntal lines from the recording. Reich's first major phasing work, it would become a landmark piece.
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