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  • Monday, November 26, 2007
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    Sérgio and Odair Assad performed in their first of three concerts as part of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival on Saturday. The Adelaide Advertiser says: "[They] performed a truly classical duet for acoustic guitars, interweaving, ornamenting, and supporting each other perfectly. Their program of South American pieces was highly expressive, showing masterful control of mood and tonal quality." Up next for the Assads at the Festival: two concerts this weekend with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra featuring Ravel's Rhapsodie Espagnole.

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Monday, November 26, 2007
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    Paula Court, the photographer for the New York performance space The Kitchen, has released New York Noise, a new book of photos from the city's underground art scene in the '70s and '80s. Included in the book are photos of everyone from Madonna and Michael Stipe to Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and David Byrne. Also in the book are short essays by some of the artists whose portraits are featured inside, including Anderson and Byrne. Read excerpts from their essays here.

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  • Monday, November 26, 2007
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    Caetano Veloso closed his latest tour in Miami Saturday night, featuring the music of his album . The Broward-Palm Beach New Times calls him a "tour de force," marveling at "his ability to make your stomach quiver or tears well up in the corners of your eyes throughout his career." "Caetano Veloso is arguably the most sophisticated pop artist anywhere," says the Miami Herald. "Perhaps it's that open smile, still seductive after all these years. Or perhaps it's just the fact that he is so damn good."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Monday, November 26, 2007
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    Sam Davol was recently featured in the New York Times—not an unheard of event for the cellist of The Magnetic Fields. This time, though, it wasn't in the Arts section. Sam, his wife, Leslie, and their two children have decamped from tony downtown Manhattan to return to the couple's hometown of Boston, and their beautiful new home is on view in the Times's Home & Garden section. The Davols traded in their New York digs for a more affordable place up north so, among other things, Sam could focus on his music. And with the recording studio they built in the new space, Sam was able to record a number of his tracks on The Magnetic Fields upcoming Nonesuch release, Distortion, right from home.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Monday, November 26, 2007
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    Uncut magazine (UK) has a preview of The Magnetic Fields' upcoming Nonesuch release, Distortion, that is best summed up by its final sentence: "What a curious and excellent album, all round."

    Journal Topics: Reviews
  • Monday, November 26, 2007
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    Youssou N'Dour recently took a break from his North American tour to meet at the White House with aides of First Lady Laura Bush and discuss their respective efforts to fight malaria. He also sat down with Agence France-Presse, saying, "If the United States wants to win a war, it ought to be the war on malaria." Right after the White House meeting, Youssou made his way to Philadelphia for his Kimmel Center debut. In that set, Youssou showed "why he is considered one of the world's greatest singers," according the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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  • Monday, November 26, 2007
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    This week, the New England Conservatory in Boston presents a two-day, four-concert mini-festival celebrating the music of Steve Reich. The composer will be directly involved in the events, leading rehearsals on Tuesday and working directly with Conservatory students in workshops on Wednesday. Kicking off the public events that night is a performance of Piano Phase. Closing the festival on Thursday night at Jordan Hall are two Boston premieres: City Life and Daniel Variations. The debut recording of the latter piece is due out on Nonesuch in early 2008.

    Journal Topics: On Tour
  • Sunday, November 25, 2007
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    "How do you solve a problem like a bloody, R-rated musical about a serial killer, starring movie actors who aren't professional singers?" So asks the Los Angeles Times. The answer: put Tim Burton in charge. "The result is a beautifully scored, high-art slasher film, told almost entirely in song and topped off with Depp paying homage to Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Sunday, November 25, 2007
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    As we reported last week, k.d. lang recently appeared on the UK talk show Parkinson to perform the new song "I Dream of Spring," off her upcoming Nonesuch release, Watershed,
    due out in February. You can now watch the performance here.

    Journal Topics: Television Video
  • Sunday, November 25, 2007
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    David Byrne appeared on BBC Radio 2's The Weekender to discuss the recent reissue of The Knee Plays and play a couple of tracks off the CD. Guest host Jack Docherty let David know how happy he was to have the album on CD, not least because he could finally stop borrowing his dad's car to hear the original version on the car's cassette player. The Houston Press says "the world is richer" for the release of The Knee Plays. The album documents "Byrne at the height of his creative powers, in a constant struggle to define what is interesting, beautiful and ugly about the world."

    Journal Topics: Radio
  • Thursday, November 22, 2007
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    The Guardian has revealed the last batch of albums on its list of the 1,000 all-time must-hears. Earlier this week, we brought you Nonesuch artists A through M on the list. Here are N through Z, along with the Guardian's take on albums from Orchestra Baobab, Astor Piazzolla, Radio Tarifa, Oumou Sangare, SFJAZZ Collective, Taraf de Haïdouks, Rokia Traoré, and Wilco.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday, November 22, 2007
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    "We were raised in a country where the borders between different types and styles of music are not very clear." So says Rio-born guitarist Sérgio Assad, in an interview with the Adelaide Advertiser. In their upcoming concerts with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, as part of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Sérgio and Odair Assad present Piazzolla's genre-bending piece Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, along with Rodrigo's Concierto Madrigal.

    Journal Topics: On Tour

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