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    Nonesuch Events Till the New Year

    Chris Thile hosts his public radio show Live From Here at The Town Hall in New York City on Saturday, with special guests St. Vincent, Jon Batiste, Nickel Creek bandmate Sara Watkins, and fellow Punch Brother Noam Pikelny. Folks in the US can tune in on their favorite public radio station this weekend, and fans here and around the world can watch live online at livefromhere.org starting at 5:45 PM ET.

    The following Saturday, December 22, Thile and the show conclude their Town Hall residency with special guests Gaby Moreno, Rosanne Cash, The Knights, and comedian Jim Breuer.

    Thile and his fellow Punch Brothers have received a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album for their new album, All Ashore. The Independent calls All Ashore “an album of rich instrumentation and understated beauty that reveals deeper nuances on each and every listen.” The Boston Globe says it's “a deeply meaningful and downright gorgeous record.”

    Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks’ heartfelt interpretation of David Rudder's song “The Immigrants,” released earlier this year to benefit CARECEN and its efforts to empower immigrants, was named one of the Best Songs of 2018 by the New York Times.

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    Olivia Chaney performs songs from her new album, Shelter, and more at Lighthorne Hall in the United Kingdom tonight. Shelter has made the Best New Releases of 2018 list from Uncut, which called the album a “transcendent refuge from the storm.” It is also featured on Mojo's list of the Best Folk Albums of 2018. Update: Tonight's concert has been rescheduled to January 12 due to illness.

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    Jeremy Denk is joined by violinists Benjamin Beilman, Pamela Frank, and Stefan Jackiw for Mozart Reflected: Violin Sonatas with Interludes in Three Acts in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on Sunday afternoon. In addition to Mozart sonatas, the program includes works by John Adams, Ravel, Handel, Stravinsky, Webern, and Schubert.

    Jeremy Denk's new album, c.1300–c.2000, due in February, is available to pre-order now with an instant download of Binchois's Triste Plaisir.

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    Emmylou Harris takes part in Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s Noël Nights, their mostly annual Christmas benefit show, at The Town Hall in New York City on Sunday. She joins several members of the Wainwright/McGarrigle clans, including Loudon Wainwright III, and special guests like Sufjan Stevens and Teddy Thompson for the special event’s return to New York City for the first time in four years. Proceeds from the show go to benefit Stand Up to Cancer.

    In 2005, Nonesuch released The McGarrigle Christmas Hour, an album in which sisters Kate and Anna McGarrigle, their family, and honorary family members like Harris celebrated the holidays in song. That same year saw the start of a holiday tradition of live McGarrigle/Wainwright Christmas shows full of eclectic carols, traditional and otherwise.

    Kate McGarrigle passed away in January 2010 after a battle with sarcoma. In 2013, Nonesuch released Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle, featuring highlights from three concerts held in her honor (including one at The Town Hall). Proceeds from the set, which includes performances by many of the above, go to the Kate McGarrigle Foundation.

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    Saxophonist Joshua Redman joins the Shai Maestro Trio at La Grange au Lac in Evian, France, on Saturday, as part of Jazz à la Grange Festival.

    Redman and his Still Dreaming quartet—drummer Brian Blade, bassist Scott Colley, and cornetist Ron Miles—have been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for their album Still Dreaming.

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    Rokia Traoré brings her Dream Mandé – Djata project to Kaaitheater in Brussels tonight. A narrative in the form of a Mandinka epic, it is performed against a backdrop of Mandinka classics, with Mamah Diabaté on n’goni and Mamadyba Camara on kora.

    “The Dream Mandé project concerns traditional Malian music,” says Traoré, “but it is also proof that modernity is bringing us to inevitable changes, sometimes giving the possibility to offer a vigor and a sense to the past through contemporary concepts that go against established customs.”


    Looking ahead through New Year’s Day, there’s more great live music from around the world from Lake Street Dive, John Adams, Nico Muhly, and Teitur.

    Lake Street Dive resumes its Free Yourself Up tour on New Year’s Eve weekend, with two shows at State Theatre in Portland, Maine, on Saturday and Sunday, December 29 and 30, followed by a New Year’s Eve concert at Wang Theatre at Boch Center in Boston.

    Lake Street Dive’s new album, Free Yourself Up, has been named one of the Best Records of 2018 by Pop Matters, which says the album “cleverly pulls off the rare hat-trick of not only being the band's most instantly accessible album but also their best.” The band’s new limited-edition 10” vinyl EP, Freak Yourself Out, first released for Record Store Day: Black Friday and featuring five outtakes from the Free Yourself Up sessions, is now available in the Nonesuch Store, while supplies last.

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    Composer John Adams’s Christmas oratorio, El Niño, is being performed at The Met Cloisters in New York City on Friday, December 21, and twice on Saturday, December 22. For these performances, the American Modern Opera Company, led by Christian Reif, gives the world premiere of a chamber version of the piece featuring vocalists Julia Bullock (who can be heard on Nonesuch Records’ Grammy-nominated recording of Adams’s Doctor Atomic), J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Davóne Tines.

    Nonesuch Records released the first recording of El Niño, featuring Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Dawn Upshaw, and Willard White, in 2001. “John Adams captured the intimacy, mystery, and apocalyptic nature of the Nativity story in a thoroughly contemporary idiom,” wrote the Wall Street Journal, “fusing his well-known minimalist style with a rich blend of text in English, Spanish, and Latin for an effect ultimately as timeless as the story itself.”

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    American composer Nico Muhly and Faroese singer/songwriter Teitur perform music from their album, Confessions, released on Nonesuch in 2016, at Kings Place in London on New Year’s Eve, for the venue’s Northern Lights: New Year’s Eve Party. The duo is joined for the occasion by Principal Players of Aurora Orchestra. The program also includes a performance of Terry Riley’s In C, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, a set of club classics by Lips Choir, and a DJ set from multidisciplinary artist Nwando Ebizie.

    Gramophone calls Confessions “brilliantly witty, strangely compelling ... subtly affecting.” The Line of Best Fit calls it “bright, lively and youthful … a record of bottomless charm.”

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This holiday season, Chris Thile leads Live From Here from NYC with Gaby Moreno, Noam Pikelny, Sara Watkins … Olivia Chaney performs from Shelter in London … Jeremy Denk is at Carnegie Hall … Emmylou Harris joins Rufus & Martha Wainwright for Noël Nights in NYC … Joshua Redman is in France … Rokia Traoré brings new project to Brussels … Lake Street Dive celebrates New Year's in Northeast … John Adams’s El Niño is performed in NYC … Nico Muhly, Teitur perform Confessions for New Year’s Eve in London …

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Chris Thile hosts his public radio show Live From Here at The Town Hall in New York City on Saturday, with special guests St. Vincent, Jon Batiste, Nickel Creek bandmate Sara Watkins, and fellow Punch Brother Noam Pikelny. Folks in the US can tune in on their favorite public radio station this weekend, and fans here and around the world can watch live online at livefromhere.org starting at 5:45 PM ET.

The following Saturday, December 22, Thile and the show conclude their Town Hall residency with special guests Gaby Moreno, Rosanne Cash, The Knights, and comedian Jim Breuer.

Thile and his fellow Punch Brothers have received a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album for their new album, All Ashore. The Independent calls All Ashore “an album of rich instrumentation and understated beauty that reveals deeper nuances on each and every listen.” The Boston Globe says it's “a deeply meaningful and downright gorgeous record.”

Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks’ heartfelt interpretation of David Rudder's song “The Immigrants,” released earlier this year to benefit CARECEN and its efforts to empower immigrants, was named one of the Best Songs of 2018 by the New York Times.

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Olivia Chaney performs songs from her new album, Shelter, and more at Lighthorne Hall in the United Kingdom tonight. Shelter has made the Best New Releases of 2018 list from Uncut, which called the album a “transcendent refuge from the storm.” It is also featured on Mojo's list of the Best Folk Albums of 2018. Update: Tonight's concert has been rescheduled to January 12 due to illness.

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Jeremy Denk is joined by violinists Benjamin Beilman, Pamela Frank, and Stefan Jackiw for Mozart Reflected: Violin Sonatas with Interludes in Three Acts in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on Sunday afternoon. In addition to Mozart sonatas, the program includes works by John Adams, Ravel, Handel, Stravinsky, Webern, and Schubert.

Jeremy Denk's new album, c.1300–c.2000, due in February, is available to pre-order now with an instant download of Binchois's Triste Plaisir.

---

Emmylou Harris takes part in Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s Noël Nights, their mostly annual Christmas benefit show, at The Town Hall in New York City on Sunday. She joins several members of the Wainwright/McGarrigle clans, including Loudon Wainwright III, and special guests like Sufjan Stevens and Teddy Thompson for the special event’s return to New York City for the first time in four years. Proceeds from the show go to benefit Stand Up to Cancer.

In 2005, Nonesuch released The McGarrigle Christmas Hour, an album in which sisters Kate and Anna McGarrigle, their family, and honorary family members like Harris celebrated the holidays in song. That same year saw the start of a holiday tradition of live McGarrigle/Wainwright Christmas shows full of eclectic carols, traditional and otherwise.

Kate McGarrigle passed away in January 2010 after a battle with sarcoma. In 2013, Nonesuch released Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle, featuring highlights from three concerts held in her honor (including one at The Town Hall). Proceeds from the set, which includes performances by many of the above, go to the Kate McGarrigle Foundation.

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Saxophonist Joshua Redman joins the Shai Maestro Trio at La Grange au Lac in Evian, France, on Saturday, as part of Jazz à la Grange Festival.

Redman and his Still Dreaming quartet—drummer Brian Blade, bassist Scott Colley, and cornetist Ron Miles—have been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for their album Still Dreaming.

---

Rokia Traoré brings her Dream Mandé – Djata project to Kaaitheater in Brussels tonight. A narrative in the form of a Mandinka epic, it is performed against a backdrop of Mandinka classics, with Mamah Diabaté on n’goni and Mamadyba Camara on kora.

“The Dream Mandé project concerns traditional Malian music,” says Traoré, “but it is also proof that modernity is bringing us to inevitable changes, sometimes giving the possibility to offer a vigor and a sense to the past through contemporary concepts that go against established customs.”


Looking ahead through New Year’s Day, there’s more great live music from around the world from Lake Street Dive, John Adams, Nico Muhly, and Teitur.

Lake Street Dive resumes its Free Yourself Up tour on New Year’s Eve weekend, with two shows at State Theatre in Portland, Maine, on Saturday and Sunday, December 29 and 30, followed by a New Year’s Eve concert at Wang Theatre at Boch Center in Boston.

Lake Street Dive’s new album, Free Yourself Up, has been named one of the Best Records of 2018 by Pop Matters, which says the album “cleverly pulls off the rare hat-trick of not only being the band's most instantly accessible album but also their best.” The band’s new limited-edition 10” vinyl EP, Freak Yourself Out, first released for Record Store Day: Black Friday and featuring five outtakes from the Free Yourself Up sessions, is now available in the Nonesuch Store, while supplies last.

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Composer John Adams’s Christmas oratorio, El Niño, is being performed at The Met Cloisters in New York City on Friday, December 21, and twice on Saturday, December 22. For these performances, the American Modern Opera Company, led by Christian Reif, gives the world premiere of a chamber version of the piece featuring vocalists Julia Bullock (who can be heard on Nonesuch Records’ Grammy-nominated recording of Adams’s Doctor Atomic), J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Davóne Tines.

Nonesuch Records released the first recording of El Niño, featuring Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Dawn Upshaw, and Willard White, in 2001. “John Adams captured the intimacy, mystery, and apocalyptic nature of the Nativity story in a thoroughly contemporary idiom,” wrote the Wall Street Journal, “fusing his well-known minimalist style with a rich blend of text in English, Spanish, and Latin for an effect ultimately as timeless as the story itself.”

---

American composer Nico Muhly and Faroese singer/songwriter Teitur perform music from their album, Confessions, released on Nonesuch in 2016, at Kings Place in London on New Year’s Eve, for the venue’s Northern Lights: New Year’s Eve Party. The duo is joined for the occasion by Principal Players of Aurora Orchestra. The program also includes a performance of Terry Riley’s In C, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, a set of club classics by Lips Choir, and a DJ set from multidisciplinary artist Nwando Ebizie.

Gramophone calls Confessions “brilliantly witty, strangely compelling ... subtly affecting.” The Line of Best Fit calls it “bright, lively and youthful … a record of bottomless charm.”

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