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  • Monday, November 12, 2007

    Pianist Philip Bush reports in his blog, Mostly Music in the Midlands, from his weeklong tour through France with the Steve Reich Ensemble and conductor Alan Pierson performing The Cave, Reich's early '90s video-opera collaboration with Beryl Korot.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Monday, November 12, 2007

    On October 25 and 26, Glenn Kotche and Kronos Quartet premiered Glenn's new piece for quartet and percussion, Anomaly, at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Last month, we brought you the notes Glenn wrote for the program, in which he describes the very personal inspiration for the new work. Here, in a note he's written exclusively for the Nonesuch Journal, Glenn shares some insights into the process of composing, rehearsing, and performing a brand new piece during what was already a year of non-stop touring for Wilco, and for Kronos as well.

    Journal Topics: Artist Essays
  • Monday, November 12, 2007

    Nonesuch is pleased to announce the January 8, 2008, release of the first soundtrack from the critically acclaimed, Peabody Award–winning HBO series The Wire. That's two days after the series kicks off its fifth season. It also marks the first time music from the David Simon–created show has ever been collected and released as an album.

    Journal Topics: Album Release
  • Monday, November 12, 2007

    The Cincinnati Enquirer recently spent some time with photographer Michael Wilson, a frequent Nonesuch Records collaborator whose photographs have graced some of the label's most iconic album covers of the past decade. Michael recently contributed photos to a new book about international adoption titled Now We Are One. He also held a party last week to celebrate the opening of his new portrait studio in Cincinnati. The opening-night festivities included an auction of prints of a long list of Nonesuch artists. Proceeds went to Cincinnati Children's Hospital's International Adoption Center.

    Journal Topics: News
  • Sunday, November 11, 2007

    "Had Caetano Veloso just aged gracefully, it would have been enough," says The New Yorker ahead of Veloso's NYC tour stops. "Had he merely written thirty or so perfect songs, it would have been enough. Had he only recorded Cê, one of the most striking and least indulgent rock records of 2007, it would have been enough. But on top of all that there’s the fact that when he comes to New York, he gets to play to his crowd."

    Journal Topics: Reviews
  • Sunday, November 11, 2007

    Gilberto Gil will resign as Brazil's minister of culture next year to seek treatment for a polyp on his vocal cords. The polyp first caused the legendary performer trouble at a concert performance last year. When Gil took on the official political office in 2003, it was an unexpected turn of events for the longtime activist; he was jailed in 1968 along with Caetano Veloso for what the military dictatorship then in power took to be the subversive nature of the Tropicália movement the musicians had founded.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, November 9, 2007

    "Clearly one of the most original and most proficient guitarists now playing, he is acknowledged as one of the most influential and exciting jazz guitarists to emerge in the latter half of the 20th century," says All About Jazz in a feature profile of Bill Frisell. "Noted for his unparalleled sensibilities, over the years Frisell has pursued emotional honesty over technical perfection to achieve a specific sound that is both powerful and beautiful. As a solo artist, he has explored various music venues and taken his listeners to a lot of places ... Simply put, you never know what to expect from Frisell."

     

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday, November 8, 2007

    The Times (London) gives four stars to Richard Goode's November 7 performance with Dawn Upshaw at London's Southbank Centre. The concert was the pianist's first in a series there as artist-in-residence for the 200708 season. The pianist's solo work, which included an "always movingly lyrical performance" of Berg's Piano Sonata was "quite some feast." And for Upshaw, there was "a new depth and focus" in the singer's work.

    Journal Topics: On Tour
  • Thursday, November 8, 2007

    With the national tour of Sweeney Todd now at its second stop, Toronto can experience the production that was so well received in Boston. BroadwayWorld says the reason for the response is clear: “the simple genius of exceptional material interpreted within a brilliant directorial vision and delivered by an immensely talented and inspired cast. In short, this Sweeney Todd is not to be missed.” The Toronto Star calls it “so musically thrilling, dramatically inventive and visually striking that anyone who likes theatre above the ordinary should be thrilled to spend a few hours in its company ... You'd be a bloody fool to miss this one ... It's a murderously magical evening in the theatre.”

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Thursday, November 8, 2007

    Congratulations to Caetano Veloso, who, last night, was awarded Latin Grammys in both of the categories in which he was nominated. The ceremony, held for the first time in Las Vegas, brought Caetano awards for Best Singer-Songwriter Album for and Best Brazilian Song for "Não Me Arrependo," off the new CD. That brings his total number of Latin Grammys to five (including his albums Livro and Noites do Norte) and makes him the Brazilian artist with the most wins in the Award's history. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday, November 8, 2007

    Organizers of the Ojai Music Festival have released a few details for the 62nd annual event, with Dawn Upshaw slated to perform and Steve Reich named as composer-in-residence. The Festival, which runs June 5–8, 2008, marks the composer's first appearance there in 35 years and includes a number of events featuring his works. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Thursday, November 8, 2007

    For the inaugural episode of the new Live Concerts podcast from NPR's All Songs Considered, Nickel Creek performed at Washington, DC's 9:30 Club last week. It was part of the group's "Farewell (For Now)" tour, as each band member goes on to pursue new projects. Chris Thile has formed Punch Brothers, whose debut album is due out on Nonesuch early next year. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen said: "I've seen many musicians in my day, but my jaw dropped listening to and watching mandolinist Chris Thile play with Nickel Creek ... The command he had of his instrument, from frenetically fast strumming to tasty quiet fills, it was just first-rate."

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