Listen: Rhiannon Giddens Talks 'Build a House' on NPR's 'All Things Considered'

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Rhiannon Giddens was on NPR’s All Things Considered to discuss her book debut, Build a House, and her song that inspired it. The illustrated book, out now on Candlewick Press, was inspired by, and features the lyrics of, a song she wrote and recorded with Yo-Yo Ma to commemorate Juneteenth in 2020. Both the book and song tell the story of an enslaved family that will not be moved, and the music that sustains them. You can hear what Giddens told NPR’s Ailsa Chang about it here.

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Rhiannon Giddens was on NPR’s All Things Considered to discuss her book debut, Build a House, and her song that inspired it. The illustrated book, out now on Candlewick Press, was inspired by, and features the lyrics of, a song she wrote and recorded with Yo-Yo Ma to commemorate Juneteenth in 2020. A newly recorded version of the song “Build a House” with Ma and Francesco Turrisi was released on Nonesuch earlier this month. Both the book and song tell the story of an enslaved family that will not be moved, and the music that sustains them. You can hear what Giddens told NPR’s Ailsa Chang about it here:

Omar, the opera created by Giddens and composer Michael Abels, received its LA Opera premiere last weekend; performances continue through November 13. Giddens’s concerts as a Carnegie Hall Perspectives Artist for the 2022–23 season, which began earlier this month, continue with Our Native Daughters in Stern Auditorium on November 4. She returns to Los Angeles to perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall November 12 as part of the Rock My Soul festival. See below for details and tickets to these and other upcoming shows; for all the latest, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

RHIANNON GIDDENS ON TOUR

Nov 4 Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall New York, NY
Nov 5 Belk Theater Charlotte, NC
Nov 12 Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, CA
Jan 15 Perelman Theater Philadelphia, PA
Jan 18 Memorial Hall Cincinnati, OH
Jan 19 Southern Theatre Columbus, OH
Jan 24 Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, NY
Mar 10 Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, NY
Apr 27 Music Hall Aberdeen, UK
Jun 8–11 Ojai Music Festival Ojai, CA
     
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Rhiannon Giddens: NPR's 'All Things Considered,' October 2022

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