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  • Friday,June 21,2024

    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 ReleaseArtist News
  • Friday,June 21,2024

    Kronos Quartet bids farewell to longtime members John Sherba and Hank Dutt at Kronos Festival in San Francisco. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Chris Thile, and Punch Brothers return to Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, where Emmylou Harris is in Steamboat Springs. Illinoise cast members sign CDs at Barnes & Noble in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Ambrose Akinmusire, Bill Frisell, and Herlin Riley, perform Owl Song in California. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society performs Dynamic Maximum Tension at Ottawa Jazz Fest. Yussef Dayes plays SummerStage in NYC. Jeremy Denk gives a masterclass in Santa Barbara. Brad Mehldau goes solo in France and Belgium. Cécile McLorin Salvant is in Cleveland.

    Journal Topics: On TourWeekend Events
  • Friday,June 21,2024

    Kronos Quartet—whose 50th anniversary concert season culminates with the group's ninth annual hometown Kronos Festival at SFJAZZ in San Francisco through Sunday—has released several of its classic Nonesuch Records titles remastered in Spatial Audio on Apple Music Classical. You can hear Black Angels; Pieces of Africa; Howl, U.S.A.; Kronos Caravan; Nuevo; Terry Riley's Sun Rings; and Steve Reich's Different Trains, Triple Quartet, and WTC 9/11 in Spatial Audio on Apple Music Classical now. And check out Kronos founder and violinist David Harrington's interview with Apple Music Classical, about the quartet and its legacy, in the Kronos Quartet Essentials playlist.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday,June 20,2024

    Carminho performs from the picturesque Palácio da Pena in Sintra, Portugal, as part of Good Morning America host Robin Roberts' reporting from there. Roberts talks with the "Portuguese icon" about fado and Carminho's bringing it to the big screen via her role in Yorgos Lanthimos's 2023 Oscar-winning film, Poor Things. "Her highly renowned performance captivated Emma Stone's character and the audience in a magical scene," says Roberts. As she does in the film, Carminho performs "O quarto," from her new album, Portuguesa. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist NewsTelevisionVideo
  • Thursday,June 20,2024

    Rhiannon Giddens was on the Democracy Now! Juneteenth special to talk with host Amy Goodman about her album You're the One and the track "Another Wasted Life," which she wrote inspired by the tragic story of Kalief Browder, a young man wrongfully incarcerated at NYC's Rikers Island for three years, where he was subjected to nearly two years of solitary confinement. You can watch their conversation and the video she made for the song with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, featuring 22 wrongfully convicted people, here. Giddens also talks with Goodman about her Pulitzer Prize–winning opera with Michael Abels, Omar.

    Journal Topics: Artist NewsRadioTelevisionVideo
  • Tuesday,June 18,2024

    Laurie Anderson’s Amelia is due August 30. Her first new album since 2018’s Grammy-winning Landfall, it comprises twenty-two tracks about renowned female aviator Amelia Earhart’s tragic last flight. Anderson, who Pitchfork says, “sees the future, but she starts by paying attention,” wrote the music and lyrics. She is joined on the album by the Filharmonie Brno, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, and Anohni, Gabriel Cabezas, Rob Moose, Ryan Kelly, Martha Mooke, Marc Ribot, Tony Scherr, Nadia Sirota, and Kenny Wolleson. The track “Road to Mandalay” is available now; a limited-edition print autographed by Anderson is available with Nonesuch Store pre-orders.

    Journal Topics: Album ReleaseArtist News
  • Monday,June 17,2024

    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 NewsTelevision
  • Friday,June 14,2024

    Rectangles and Circumstance, an album of ten songs co-written and performed by Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion, is out now. Shaw and Sō's Eric Cha-Beach and Adam Sliwinski "sourced a group of nineteenth-century poems that shaped its expressive mode [and] ended up using verses by Christina Rosetti, Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, and William Blake," says Sliwinski. "The lyrics on this album by members of the band contain wordplay that explores the same profound feelings explored by Blake and Dickinson.” Shaw and Sō co-produced the album with Grammy-winning engineer Jonathan Low (The National, Taylor Swift). Also out today is a video for the album track "Sing On," which you can watch here.

    Journal Topics: Album ReleaseArtist NewsVideo
  • Friday,June 14,2024

    The Tony Awards broadcast live on CBS—with multiple nominations for Illinoise, Days of Wine and Roses, and Here Lies Love—from Lincoln Center on Sunday, where Kronos Quartet live-scores Sam Green’s A Thousand Thoughts Saturday. Yasmin Williams performs at NY and VA guitar fests. Ringdown is in Brooklyn. Natalie Merchant leads a sing-along at Library of Congress in DC. Jeremy Denk gives a master class in Santa Barbara. Chris Thile joins Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Virginia Beach and Newport News. Davóne Tines is in a new opera at MOCA in LA. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway are San Luis Obispo then join Old Crow Medicine Show in Oakland and Oregon.

    Journal Topics: On TourWeekend Events
  • Thursday,June 13,2024

    Ringdown, the cinematic pop duo of Caroline Shaw and Danni Lee Parpan, stopped by WNYC in New York City to perform on New Sounds' Soundcheck and talk with host John Schaefer. They perform three songs: "Reckoning," "Thirst," and "Two-Step," their Nonesuch debut single released in March. You can watch all three and hear the episode here. Ringdown recently joined Sō Percussion on New Sounds to perform songs from Rectangles and Circumstance, the new album from Shaw and Sō, out tomorrow.

    Journal Topics: Artist NewsRadioVideo
  • Tuesday,June 11,2024

    Congratulations to 2024 Drama Desk Awards winners Brian d'Arcy James and Kelli O'Hara, both of whom won for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical for Days of Wine and Roses, and Justin Peck, who won for Outstanding Choreography for Illinoise. They are all up for Tony Awards this coming Sunday. Additionally, Illinoise is nominated for Best Musical, Best Orchestrations, and Best Lighting Design; Days of Wine and Roses is also up for Best Original Score; and Here Lies Love is up for Best Original Score, Best Sound Design, Best Scenic Design, and Best Choreography.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday,June 11,2024

    "When Sō Percussion started working with Caroline, we noticed that her first creative step, before writing any music, was to suggest sounds. Then, she would step back and listen," Sō's Adam Sliwinski writes in his liner note to the new Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion album, Rectangles and Circumstance, out this Friday on Nonesuch. You can read his note here.

    Journal Topics: Artist EssaysArtist News

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