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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    Composer and pianist Timo Andres performed a Facebook Live concert for Qobuz USA from his home in Brooklyn. He played five pieces from the upcoming album I Still Play by Brad Mehldau, Nico Muhly, Donnacha Dennehy, John Adams, and Andres himself. You can watch the performance here. I Still Play, due May 22, 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: Artist News Video
  • Monday, March 30, 2020

    In this age of anxiety, we hope this playlist—fourteen hours of songs from some forty years of Nonesuch recordings—may bring some calm.

    Journal Topics: News
  • Monday, March 30, 2020

    Newport Festivals Foundation has established the Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund to provide financial relief to musicians in the folk and jazz communities experiencing a loss of income as a result of COVID-19, through rapid micro and full grants. The focus and priority of the fund is on artists who have played the Newport Jazz or Folk Festivals and those in the Rhode Island community; all other applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

    Journal Topics: News
  • Friday, March 27, 2020

    Rhiannon Giddens has joined with musician Amanda Palmer and author Neil Gaiman to create Art Is Alive, a new online resource guide to support artistic and creative freelance communities whose livelihoods have been so greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. "We are hoping that this website can act as a kind of general yellow pages for the current money emergency in the art and music world," they say. "We like to call it our COVID-19 directory of give and take." Art Is Alive also offers a place for artists to interact, to share information as new events, new resources, and new ideas develop.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, March 27, 2020

    Yola was joined by her housemates, the members of Birds of Chicago, to perform a three-song set for Rolling Stone's new In My Room series from her home in Nashville. They perform an a cappella take on Etta James's "At Last" then pick up the instruments for Yola's "It Ain't Easier," from her album Walk Through Fire, and Birds of Chicago's own "Second Cousin." You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    On May 22, Nonesuch releases I Still Play, an album of eleven new solo piano compositions by artists who have recorded for Nonesuch Records, written in honor of the label’s longtime President Bob Hurwitz as he became Chairman Emeritus in 2017. The album 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. Pre-order to download Nico Muhly's "Move" played by Andres now; you can follow along on the score as you watch him perform it here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    Devendra Banhart filmed a Son & Lumière session for Télérama while on tour in Paris earlier this year. He performed what Télérama calls "two pieces full of feeling that flow like honey," the songs "October 12" and "Carolina," from his new album, Ma, at the famed Parisian photography studios Studio Harcourt. You can watch the set here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    More than 100 artists, arts leaders, and professors in the field have announced the New Music Solidarity Fund, an initiative that aims to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19. At the time of the announcement, more than $130,000 has been pledged. The fund will be administered through New Music USA, and all donations are fully tax-deductible through New Music USA’s 501c3 status. The fund will run until April 30.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    The members of the original Joshua Redman Quartet—Redman (saxophone), Brad Mehldau (piano), Christian McBride (bass), and Brian Blade (drums)—reunite with the July 10, 2020, release of RoundAgain, the group’s first recording since 1994’s MoodSwing. The album features seven newly composed songs: three from Redman, two from Mehldau, and one each from McBride and Blade. A live version of Redman’s “Right Back Round Again” may be seen here, in a video directed by Matthew Beighley; the album version is available now. The band tours internationally this summer and fall.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video
  • Monday, March 23, 2020

    Chris Thile performed on CBS This Morning: Saturday in a special socially distanced Saturday Sessions set. Thile performed two songs for not far from home, in The Bridge Studio in Brooklyn: a cover of Radiohead's "True Love Waits," his own "Laysong," and a piece by Bach. You can watch all three here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, March 23, 2020

    Yola helped launch the Grammy Museum's new Museum at Home digital programming initiative when her October 2019 Q&A at the Los Angeles museum was released for the first time on Saturday. She talks about her life and music and the making of her debut album, Walk Through Fire. You can watch the conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Sunday, March 22, 2020

    Reasons to celebrate may be hard to come by these days, but the 90th birthday of Stephen Sondheim is certainly one of them. To mark the occasion, we've assembled all of the Sondheim songs and cast albums on Nonesuch recordings in one place, featuring Mandy Patinkin, Audra McDonald, Dawn Upshaw, Jonny Depp, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Michael Cerveris, Raúl Esparza, Laura Benanti, Nathan Lane, Neil Patrick Harris, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Vanessa WIlliams, Alexander Gemignani, and more. "When his words go through my system," Patinkin tells the Guardian, "they rejuvenate my mind and soul to a point of reminding me what it is I am trying to be alive for."

    Journal Topics: Artist News

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