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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of April 24–26
    James Carney

    The Black Keys swing through their native Midwest this weekend, with stops at the W.I.L.D. festival at Washington University in St. Louis tonight, and Springfest at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland tomorrow. Those two college festival dates follow a rather more expansive festival gig at Coachella in Indio, California, last Friday night.

    JamBase picks their performance on Coachella's main stage as "one of the most impressive sets of the weekend" in a field of performers that included the likes of Morrissey, Leonard Cohen, and Paul McCartney. "With two beers in me and the temperature rising, the blues-infused aural swagger of the Keys had me bobbing my head and looking for a cigarette."

    The Los Angeles Times reports that, "While the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are all but swallowed up by the massive main stage, they more than filled the desert sky with their fuzzed-out, down and dirty blues." The L.A. Decider says the duo "absolutely shredded for a good 35 minutes. Lead singer Dan Auerbach looked at ease with bandmate Patrick Carney after a recent tour behind a wonderful solo album."

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    John Adams's Son of Chamber Symphony was first performed by Alarm Will Sound, led by conductor Alan Pierson, at Stanford University's Dinkelspiel Auditorium in November 2007. The ensemble revisits the piece in a program at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater in Philadelphia on Saturday. Also that night, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, which premiered the composer's String Quartet at The Juilliard School in New York this past January and gave its West Coast premiere at the Dinkelspiel earlier this month, brings the piece to Chamber Music Monterey Bay in Carmel, California.

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    David Byrne brings Songs of David Byrne & Brian Eno to the Iberian peninsula with performances in Spain and Portugal in the coming days. Tonight's show is at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. On Sunday, it moves northwestward to the Auditorio Príncipe Felipe in Oviedo. There's a final Spanish show in Madrid on Monday and then one in Lisbon on Tuesday before the tour takes a brief hiatus and picks up again in the States in June.

    It was recently announced that Byrne has programmed the first-ever artist-curated stage at the Bonnaroo Festival, which will be held June 11–14 in Manchester, Tennessee. In addition to performing himself on the 12th, he'll host the Dirty Projectors, with whom he recently collaborated on the Red Hot organization's Dark Was the Night compilation; Santigold, whom he has tapped to contribute to his forthcoming project on the life of Imelda Marcos; Ani DiFranco; former Polyphonic Spree member St. Vincent; and the Norwegian alt/folk band Katzenjammer. For more information, visit bonnaroo.com.

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    Toumani Diabaté ever the griot, continues to embrace the position's educational component on his US tour with the Symmetric Orchestra. After last night's performance and pre-performance talk at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the group will engage audiences all day Saturday at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in the University of Vermont's hometown of Burlington with afternoon demonstrations, an evening concert, and a post-performance Q&A. They'll conduct similar events at Dartmouth College next week.

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    Richard Goode performs solo works by Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, and Bach, including Preludes & Fugues from the Well-Tempered Klavier, at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday. The concert is part of the local KHFM Performance Live series.

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    Emmylou Harris hits the annual MerleFest four-day celebration of Americana and roots music in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, headlining the Watson Stage for Saturday's closing set. Also performing at MerleFest are Emmylou's most recent label mate, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who perform on Sunday. "The history of 20th-century Southern music will never seem as alive as when the Carolina Chocolate Drops take the stage," asserted the Augusta Metro Spirit before the band's set there last weekend.

    ---

    Gilbert Kalish joins the Camerata Notturna, led by conductor/pianist Jonathan Yates, for a concert at New York's Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church featuring works by Vivaldi, Mozart, and Strauss, as well as a piece for theramin written and performed by a master of the instrument, Dalit Warshaw.

    ---

    Terry Riley's groundbreaking Minimalist masterwork In C turns a remarkable 45 years young this year. To celebrate, Kronos Quartet has gathered about 60 performers, many of whom participated in the piece's premiere in San Francisco in 1964, to join them and the composer to perform the work in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium for the first time. (Philip Glass is among them.) Playbill calls the piece "the minimalist musical be-in that altered the course of music history." New York magazine says, "Carnegie Hall’s extravaganza should yield a rich, polychrome stew of sound."

    Kronos heads next to Norfolk, Virginia, for a performance at The NorVa on Sunday that opens with Aleksandra Vrebalov's ... hold me, neighbor, in this storm ... (which closes the groups forthcoming Nonesuch release, Floodplain) and also features Steve Reich's Triple Quartet, John Adams's Fellow Traveler, and works by Harry Partch, Michael Gordon, John Zorn, Charles Mingus, and Thelonious Monk, among others.

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    k.d. lang precedes label mate Toumani Diabaté's performances at the Flynn Center in Burlington, Vermont, by a night. She'll be there tonight, then head down to Poughkeepsie, New York, for a set at the Ulster Performing Arts Center on Saturday and back up to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Sunday for a show at that city's Music Hall.

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    The Low Anthem returns to their hometown of Providence for a very much Rhode Island–influenced line-up in tonight's hometown gig at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, with touring partner Elvis Perkins in Dearland and Deer Tick. The Providence Journal says that all three "have all spent significant time in the Ocean State, and they’re all riding a wave of critical and professional success. Of the three, The Low Anthem may have the most to brag about," after being "a hit at last month’s SxSW conference" and signing to Nonesuch.

    After a recent performance at the Flynn Center in Burlington, Vermont, in which The Low Anthem opened for Ray LaMontagne, the Burlington Free Press said the band "put on a great set displaying their ability to create Vic Chesnutt-like moody folk while occasionally rocking out big time" They return to Burlington on Saturday, this time for a set with Elvis Perkins at Higher Ground.

    ---

    Joshua Redman has brought one of two Compass trio configurations—bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Greg Hutchinson—with him on a tour of the Pacific Rim. The trio is in residence at Tokyo's Blue Note through Saturday night and head to Seoul on Sunday for a set at the LG Arts Center. They'll play in Australia and Malaysia in the coming weeks.

    ---

    Double Sextet, the piece for which Steve Reich was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music earlier this week, will be performed by eighth blackbird, its commissioning ensemble, at the Colburn School's Zipper Hall in Los Angeles Sunday. The concert is the culmination of the group's weeklong residency at the school, and as such, eighth blackbird will be joined in a collaborative performance with students from the school.

    NPR's Tom Cole spoke with the composer on the day of the Pulitzer announcement. "I'm very glad that this particular piece got it," Reich told Cole, "because I do think it's one of the better pieces I've done in the past few years."

    Included in NPR's coverage of the event are interview with music critics like Tim Page, who says, "It's about time the first generation of minimalist composers were honored, because they changed American music. It could be argued they changed world music." The Washington Post's Anne Midgette tells NPR: "This is a richly deserved award to a man who may be America's greatest living composer."

    To listen to NPR's coverage of the story, visit npr.org. The composer also spoke with WNYC's Soundcheck, whose host, John Schaefer, was the chair of the music prize. Also featured on this episode is an interview with Isabel Bayrakdarian. You can listen now at wnyc.org.

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    Allen Toussaint heads home to New Orleans, where JazzFest kicks off this weekend, for a number of concerts over the coming week featuring songs from his recent Nonesuch release of New Orleans jazz standards, The Bright Mississippi. He starts things off on Sunday with two sets at Snug Harbor. Performances at the House of Blues and on JazzFest's Acura Stage follow next.

    ---

    Dawn Upshaw is at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, tonight and tomorrow night, and then at the city's Benson Great Hall on Sunday, all to perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, with whom she is an Artistic Partner. "From impassioned songs of 16th-century master John Dowland to the imaginative fables of 20th-century great Witold Lutoslawski," says the SPCO, "this program explores the multi-faceted expressive power of music." Also featured is Osvaldo Golijov's Lúa descolorida ("Colorless Moon").

    ---

    Sara Watkins made some very lucky Punch Brothers fans very happy last night, offering the crowd at the group's regular "p-Bingo" gig at New York's Living Room a very special mini-reunion with her Nickel Creek brethren, Punch's Chris Thile and, her biological brother, Sean, who is accompanying her on tour.

    Sara and Sean made their way down to Philadelphia for tonight's show at World Café Live and are in Washington, DC, on Saturday for a set at the 9:30 Club with opener Justin Jones. "Sara Watkins has a warm and endearing voice and instrumental talents as strong as anyone (she plays fiddle)," says the Annapolis Capital in a preview of the show. "Her new eponymous debut solo CD was produced by ex-Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones. It's a mellow affair and one to savor."

    ---

    Wilco will be jamming out at JazzFest in New Orleans on Saturday, headlining the Gentilly Stage. It's the final performance of the night at JazzFest, and it's also Wilco's last performance before the band begins its European tour in late May. In the mean time, fans can catch the band's new concert DVD, Ashes of American Flags, which was made available in limited release for Record Store Day last weekend and became the No. 1 Music DVD of the Week on the Billboard charts.

    The Kansas City Star's Timothy Finn says the film "finds the band in a state of artistic and personal bliss ... And as Jonathan Demme did with Neil Young (Heart of Gold), [the filmmakers] convey the beauty of the band’s live shows with some lovely cinematography and powerful, intimate close-ups." In the end, writes Finn, "The point is the music, and it is absolutely splendid. What a band Wilco has become." Read more at kansascity.com.

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The Black Keys play Midwest fests after being "one of the most impressive sets of the weekend" (JamBase) at Coachella ... Alarm Will Sound, St. Lawrence String Quartet play Adams ... David Byrne plays the Iberian peninsula ... Toumani Diabaté's in Vermont ... Richard Goode plays Bach in Albuquerque ... Emmylou Harris, Carolina Chocolate Drops meet up at MerleFest ... Kronos leads Riley's In C at Carnegie ... k.d. lang's in Vermont too ... The Low Anthem plays a hometown set, and in Vermont ... Joshua Redman takes Trio to Tokyo ... eighth blackbird plays Reich's Pulitzer Prize-winning piece in LA ... Allen Toussaint heads home to play New Orleans ... Dawn Upshaw sings Golijov in St. Paul ... Sara Watkins plays Philly and DC ... Wilco jam at New Orleans JazzFest ... and more ...

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The Black Keys swing through their native Midwest this weekend, with stops at the W.I.L.D. festival at Washington University in St. Louis tonight, and Springfest at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland tomorrow. Those two college festival dates follow a rather more expansive festival gig at Coachella in Indio, California, last Friday night.

JamBase picks their performance on Coachella's main stage as "one of the most impressive sets of the weekend" in a field of performers that included the likes of Morrissey, Leonard Cohen, and Paul McCartney. "With two beers in me and the temperature rising, the blues-infused aural swagger of the Keys had me bobbing my head and looking for a cigarette."

The Los Angeles Times reports that, "While the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are all but swallowed up by the massive main stage, they more than filled the desert sky with their fuzzed-out, down and dirty blues." The L.A. Decider says the duo "absolutely shredded for a good 35 minutes. Lead singer Dan Auerbach looked at ease with bandmate Patrick Carney after a recent tour behind a wonderful solo album."

---

John Adams's Son of Chamber Symphony was first performed by Alarm Will Sound, led by conductor Alan Pierson, at Stanford University's Dinkelspiel Auditorium in November 2007. The ensemble revisits the piece in a program at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater in Philadelphia on Saturday. Also that night, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, which premiered the composer's String Quartet at The Juilliard School in New York this past January and gave its West Coast premiere at the Dinkelspiel earlier this month, brings the piece to Chamber Music Monterey Bay in Carmel, California.

---

David Byrne brings Songs of David Byrne & Brian Eno to the Iberian peninsula with performances in Spain and Portugal in the coming days. Tonight's show is at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. On Sunday, it moves northwestward to the Auditorio Príncipe Felipe in Oviedo. There's a final Spanish show in Madrid on Monday and then one in Lisbon on Tuesday before the tour takes a brief hiatus and picks up again in the States in June.

It was recently announced that Byrne has programmed the first-ever artist-curated stage at the Bonnaroo Festival, which will be held June 11–14 in Manchester, Tennessee. In addition to performing himself on the 12th, he'll host the Dirty Projectors, with whom he recently collaborated on the Red Hot organization's Dark Was the Night compilation; Santigold, whom he has tapped to contribute to his forthcoming project on the life of Imelda Marcos; Ani DiFranco; former Polyphonic Spree member St. Vincent; and the Norwegian alt/folk band Katzenjammer. For more information, visit bonnaroo.com.

---

Toumani Diabaté ever the griot, continues to embrace the position's educational component on his US tour with the Symmetric Orchestra. After last night's performance and pre-performance talk at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the group will engage audiences all day Saturday at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in the University of Vermont's hometown of Burlington with afternoon demonstrations, an evening concert, and a post-performance Q&A. They'll conduct similar events at Dartmouth College next week.

---

Richard Goode performs solo works by Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, and Bach, including Preludes & Fugues from the Well-Tempered Klavier, at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday. The concert is part of the local KHFM Performance Live series.

---

Emmylou Harris hits the annual MerleFest four-day celebration of Americana and roots music in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, headlining the Watson Stage for Saturday's closing set. Also performing at MerleFest are Emmylou's most recent label mate, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who perform on Sunday. "The history of 20th-century Southern music will never seem as alive as when the Carolina Chocolate Drops take the stage," asserted the Augusta Metro Spirit before the band's set there last weekend.

---

Gilbert Kalish joins the Camerata Notturna, led by conductor/pianist Jonathan Yates, for a concert at New York's Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church featuring works by Vivaldi, Mozart, and Strauss, as well as a piece for theramin written and performed by a master of the instrument, Dalit Warshaw.

---

Terry Riley's groundbreaking Minimalist masterwork In C turns a remarkable 45 years young this year. To celebrate, Kronos Quartet has gathered about 60 performers, many of whom participated in the piece's premiere in San Francisco in 1964, to join them and the composer to perform the work in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium for the first time. (Philip Glass is among them.) Playbill calls the piece "the minimalist musical be-in that altered the course of music history." New York magazine says, "Carnegie Hall’s extravaganza should yield a rich, polychrome stew of sound."

Kronos heads next to Norfolk, Virginia, for a performance at The NorVa on Sunday that opens with Aleksandra Vrebalov's ... hold me, neighbor, in this storm ... (which closes the groups forthcoming Nonesuch release, Floodplain) and also features Steve Reich's Triple Quartet, John Adams's Fellow Traveler, and works by Harry Partch, Michael Gordon, John Zorn, Charles Mingus, and Thelonious Monk, among others.

---

k.d. lang precedes label mate Toumani Diabaté's performances at the Flynn Center in Burlington, Vermont, by a night. She'll be there tonight, then head down to Poughkeepsie, New York, for a set at the Ulster Performing Arts Center on Saturday and back up to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Sunday for a show at that city's Music Hall.

---

The Low Anthem returns to their hometown of Providence for a very much Rhode Island–influenced line-up in tonight's hometown gig at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, with touring partner Elvis Perkins in Dearland and Deer Tick. The Providence Journal says that all three "have all spent significant time in the Ocean State, and they’re all riding a wave of critical and professional success. Of the three, The Low Anthem may have the most to brag about," after being "a hit at last month’s SxSW conference" and signing to Nonesuch.

After a recent performance at the Flynn Center in Burlington, Vermont, in which The Low Anthem opened for Ray LaMontagne, the Burlington Free Press said the band "put on a great set displaying their ability to create Vic Chesnutt-like moody folk while occasionally rocking out big time" They return to Burlington on Saturday, this time for a set with Elvis Perkins at Higher Ground.

---

Joshua Redman has brought one of two Compass trio configurations—bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Greg Hutchinson—with him on a tour of the Pacific Rim. The trio is in residence at Tokyo's Blue Note through Saturday night and head to Seoul on Sunday for a set at the LG Arts Center. They'll play in Australia and Malaysia in the coming weeks.

---

Double Sextet, the piece for which Steve Reich was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music earlier this week, will be performed by eighth blackbird, its commissioning ensemble, at the Colburn School's Zipper Hall in Los Angeles Sunday. The concert is the culmination of the group's weeklong residency at the school, and as such, eighth blackbird will be joined in a collaborative performance with students from the school.

NPR's Tom Cole spoke with the composer on the day of the Pulitzer announcement. "I'm very glad that this particular piece got it," Reich told Cole, "because I do think it's one of the better pieces I've done in the past few years."

Included in NPR's coverage of the event are interview with music critics like Tim Page, who says, "It's about time the first generation of minimalist composers were honored, because they changed American music. It could be argued they changed world music." The Washington Post's Anne Midgette tells NPR: "This is a richly deserved award to a man who may be America's greatest living composer."

To listen to NPR's coverage of the story, visit npr.org. The composer also spoke with WNYC's Soundcheck, whose host, John Schaefer, was the chair of the music prize. Also featured on this episode is an interview with Isabel Bayrakdarian. You can listen now at wnyc.org.

---

Allen Toussaint heads home to New Orleans, where JazzFest kicks off this weekend, for a number of concerts over the coming week featuring songs from his recent Nonesuch release of New Orleans jazz standards, The Bright Mississippi. He starts things off on Sunday with two sets at Snug Harbor. Performances at the House of Blues and on JazzFest's Acura Stage follow next.

---

Dawn Upshaw is at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, tonight and tomorrow night, and then at the city's Benson Great Hall on Sunday, all to perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, with whom she is an Artistic Partner. "From impassioned songs of 16th-century master John Dowland to the imaginative fables of 20th-century great Witold Lutoslawski," says the SPCO, "this program explores the multi-faceted expressive power of music." Also featured is Osvaldo Golijov's Lúa descolorida ("Colorless Moon").

---

Sara Watkins made some very lucky Punch Brothers fans very happy last night, offering the crowd at the group's regular "p-Bingo" gig at New York's Living Room a very special mini-reunion with her Nickel Creek brethren, Punch's Chris Thile and, her biological brother, Sean, who is accompanying her on tour.

Sara and Sean made their way down to Philadelphia for tonight's show at World Café Live and are in Washington, DC, on Saturday for a set at the 9:30 Club with opener Justin Jones. "Sara Watkins has a warm and endearing voice and instrumental talents as strong as anyone (she plays fiddle)," says the Annapolis Capital in a preview of the show. "Her new eponymous debut solo CD was produced by ex-Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones. It's a mellow affair and one to savor."

---

Wilco will be jamming out at JazzFest in New Orleans on Saturday, headlining the Gentilly Stage. It's the final performance of the night at JazzFest, and it's also Wilco's last performance before the band begins its European tour in late May. In the mean time, fans can catch the band's new concert DVD, Ashes of American Flags, which was made available in limited release for Record Store Day last weekend and became the No. 1 Music DVD of the Week on the Billboard charts.

The Kansas City Star's Timothy Finn says the film "finds the band in a state of artistic and personal bliss ... And as Jonathan Demme did with Neil Young (Heart of Gold), [the filmmakers] convey the beauty of the band’s live shows with some lovely cinematography and powerful, intimate close-ups." In the end, writes Finn, "The point is the music, and it is absolutely splendid. What a band Wilco has become." Read more at kansascity.com.

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