Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of February 2–4

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This GRAMMY Awards weekend—in which Nonesuch recordings are nominated for eleven GRAMMYs and Laurie Anderson will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award—there’s lots of great live music ahead around the world, including three shows in Cambridge, MA, from Cécile McLorin Salvant, Brad Mehldau, and Mary Halvorson. Salvant then heads to Philadelphia, Mehldau to Georgia. Ambrose Akinmusire tours the Netherlands. Attacca Quartet performs Caroline Shaw in Berkeley. Jeremy Denk plays Bach in St. Louis, Richard Goode in Philadelphia. Jonny Greenwood performs Steve Reich in Manchester. Rachael & Vilray tour Colorado.

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This GRAMMY Awards weekend—in which Nonesuch recordings are nominated for eleven GRAMMYs, Molly Tuttle will present at the Premiere Ceremony, and Laurie Anderson will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday—there’s lots of great live music ahead around the world, including three notable Nonesuch-related events in Cambridge, Massachusetts, alone.

Kicking off the weekend’s Cambridge concerts is multiple Grammy nominee Cécile McLorin Salvant. She and her quartet—pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Savannah Harris—bring music from her critically acclaimed new album, Mélusine, and more to the Sanders Theatre tonight and Zellerbach Theatre in Philadelphia on Saturday. Mélusine, which DownBeat includes in its year’s best list and calls “a masterpiece of thoughtful, adventurous music,” is nominated for the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album; the track “Fenestra” is up for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals for Godwin Louis’ arrangement. Salvant’s 2022 Nonesuch debut, Ghost Song, was nominated in the same two Grammy categories last year. Mélusine is also up for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album; public voting is open now at naacpimageawards.net.

Pianist Brad Mehldau is at the Sanders Theatre the following night, bringing his new work, Fourteen Reveries, to Cambridge on Saturday. The program also includes selections from his Suite: April 2020 and more. Following that, Mehldau heads down south for a concert at University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall in Athens on Sunday. Mehldau's new solo album, Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays The Beatles, landed on year’s best lists from Jazzwise and DownBeat, which describes it as "the music of The Beatles channeled through the mind of one of our greatest living pianists." “A great improvising pianist takes on The Beatles,” says Mojo. “An inspired set that reveals new ways of hearing pop classics.”

Just on the other side of Harvard Yard, guitarist Mary Halvorson and her Amaryllis sextet—vibraphonist Patricia Brennan, bassist Nick Dunston, drummer Tomas Fujiwara, trumpeter Adam O'Farrill, and trombonist Jacob Garchik—bring music from their new album, Cloudward, to Regattabar in Cambridge for early and late sets on Saturday. Cloudward features eight new compositions Halvorson performs with the sextet—the improvisatory band that performed on her acclaimed 2022 Nonesuch debut albums Amaryllis and Belladonna—and “reveals a newfound sense of beauty and clarity,” per the Guardian. “[Halvorson] outdoes herself again,” says All About Jazz. “Cloudward is just too good.”

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Across the Atlantic, composer and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire concludes an eleven-date European tour in the Netherlands this weekend, performing music from his critically acclaimed Nonesuch debut album, Owl Song, with album contributor guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, sitting in for Herlin Riley, with shows at Bimhuis in Amsterdam on Saturday and TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht on Sunday. “A quiet rush of gorgeous sound where space, tone and beauty come together in one of the most impactful albums of 2023,” says DownBeat in its five-star Owl Song review. “This is one of the most interesting recordings to come along in a very long time by one of the most interesting artists of our time.”

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Back in the States, Attacca Quartet brings a program of works by Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, Philip Glass, and Beethoven to Hertz Hall in Berkeley, California, this afternoon. They perform Shaw’s “Entr’acte,” “Three Essays: Second Essay (Echo),” and “Root,” all which may be heard on the quartet’s two Grammy Award-winning Nonesuch recordings with Caroline Shaw: Orange (2019) and Evergreen (2022).

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Pianist Jeremy Denk performs the Complete Bach Partitas at Washington University’s E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall in University City, Missouri, on Sunday. You can hear Denk perform Bach and many other composers on his 2019 album, c. 1300–c. 2000, which the Telegraph called “quite exhilarating” and BBC Radio 3 called “a thoughtfully curated, beautifully played, brilliantly annotated recital.”

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Pianist Richard Goode also performs Bach this weekend, bringing a solo recital of works by Bach, Chopin, and Fauré to Perelman Theater in Philadelphia tonight. The Los Angeles Times calls Goode’s approach to Bach “a small miracle of sensitivity, expression and nuance,” while the San Francisco Examiner applauds the "exploratory, spontaneous charge" the pianist brings to Chopin’s music.

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Guitarist Jonny Greenwood performs Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint—as he did a decade ago for the 2014 Nonesuch album Radio Rewrite—at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, England, on Saturday as part of the culminating performance of The Hallé’s three-night Steve Reich Festival. Also on the evening’s all-Reich program for the orchestra and conductor Colin Currie, who performs Reich's Quartet on a 2018 Nonesuch album, are Clapping Music, Runner, The Four Sections, and Reich/Richter. At the Hall tonight, the orchestra performs Radio Rewrite, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ, and Mallet Quartet. Greenwood and Currie were on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on Tuesday to discuss the Steve Reich Festival; you can hear it here.

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Rachael & Vilray—the duo of singer/songwriter Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive) and guitarist/singer/songwriter Vilray—began a run of US tour dates, featuring music from their 2023 album, I Love a Love Song!, and their self-titled debut album, in Boulder last night, and continue in Colorado this weekend with dates at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek tonight, Strings Music Pavilion in Steamboat Springs on Saturday, and Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins on Sunday. The tour heads to the Midwest later this month for shows Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Minneapolis. “I Love a Love Song! is a truly lovely album, front to back,” says No Depression. “More than anything, it’s two accomplished solo performers coming together with a mutual respect and love of musical standards with the goal of responding in kind.”

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Weekend Events: February 2, 2024
  • Friday, February 2, 2024
    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of February 2–4

    This GRAMMY Awards weekend—in which Nonesuch recordings are nominated for eleven GRAMMYs, Molly Tuttle will present at the Premiere Ceremony, and Laurie Anderson will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday—there’s lots of great live music ahead around the world, including three notable Nonesuch-related events in Cambridge, Massachusetts, alone.

    Kicking off the weekend’s Cambridge concerts is multiple Grammy nominee Cécile McLorin Salvant. She and her quartet—pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Savannah Harris—bring music from her critically acclaimed new album, Mélusine, and more to the Sanders Theatre tonight and Zellerbach Theatre in Philadelphia on Saturday. Mélusine, which DownBeat includes in its year’s best list and calls “a masterpiece of thoughtful, adventurous music,” is nominated for the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album; the track “Fenestra” is up for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals for Godwin Louis’ arrangement. Salvant’s 2022 Nonesuch debut, Ghost Song, was nominated in the same two Grammy categories last year. Mélusine is also up for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album; public voting is open now at naacpimageawards.net.

    Pianist Brad Mehldau is at the Sanders Theatre the following night, bringing his new work, Fourteen Reveries, to Cambridge on Saturday. The program also includes selections from his Suite: April 2020 and more. Following that, Mehldau heads down south for a concert at University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall in Athens on Sunday. Mehldau's new solo album, Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays The Beatles, landed on year’s best lists from Jazzwise and DownBeat, which describes it as "the music of The Beatles channeled through the mind of one of our greatest living pianists." “A great improvising pianist takes on The Beatles,” says Mojo. “An inspired set that reveals new ways of hearing pop classics.”

    Just on the other side of Harvard Yard, guitarist Mary Halvorson and her Amaryllis sextet—vibraphonist Patricia Brennan, bassist Nick Dunston, drummer Tomas Fujiwara, trumpeter Adam O'Farrill, and trombonist Jacob Garchik—bring music from their new album, Cloudward, to Regattabar in Cambridge for early and late sets on Saturday. Cloudward features eight new compositions Halvorson performs with the sextet—the improvisatory band that performed on her acclaimed 2022 Nonesuch debut albums Amaryllis and Belladonna—and “reveals a newfound sense of beauty and clarity,” per the Guardian. “[Halvorson] outdoes herself again,” says All About Jazz. “Cloudward is just too good.”

    ---

    Across the Atlantic, composer and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire concludes an eleven-date European tour in the Netherlands this weekend, performing music from his critically acclaimed Nonesuch debut album, Owl Song, with album contributor guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, sitting in for Herlin Riley, with shows at Bimhuis in Amsterdam on Saturday and TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht on Sunday. “A quiet rush of gorgeous sound where space, tone and beauty come together in one of the most impactful albums of 2023,” says DownBeat in its five-star Owl Song review. “This is one of the most interesting recordings to come along in a very long time by one of the most interesting artists of our time.”

    ---

    Back in the States, Attacca Quartet brings a program of works by Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, Philip Glass, and Beethoven to Hertz Hall in Berkeley, California, this afternoon. They perform Shaw’s “Entr’acte,” “Three Essays: Second Essay (Echo),” and “Root,” all which may be heard on the quartet’s two Grammy Award-winning Nonesuch recordings with Caroline Shaw: Orange (2019) and Evergreen (2022).

    ---

    Pianist Jeremy Denk performs the Complete Bach Partitas at Washington University’s E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall in University City, Missouri, on Sunday. You can hear Denk perform Bach and many other composers on his 2019 album, c. 1300–c. 2000, which the Telegraph called “quite exhilarating” and BBC Radio 3 called “a thoughtfully curated, beautifully played, brilliantly annotated recital.”

    ---

    Pianist Richard Goode also performs Bach this weekend, bringing a solo recital of works by Bach, Chopin, and Fauré to Perelman Theater in Philadelphia tonight. The Los Angeles Times calls Goode’s approach to Bach “a small miracle of sensitivity, expression and nuance,” while the San Francisco Examiner applauds the "exploratory, spontaneous charge" the pianist brings to Chopin’s music.

    ---

    Guitarist Jonny Greenwood performs Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint—as he did a decade ago for the 2014 Nonesuch album Radio Rewrite—at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, England, on Saturday as part of the culminating performance of The Hallé’s three-night Steve Reich Festival. Also on the evening’s all-Reich program for the orchestra and conductor Colin Currie, who performs Reich's Quartet on a 2018 Nonesuch album, are Clapping Music, Runner, The Four Sections, and Reich/Richter. At the Hall tonight, the orchestra performs Radio Rewrite, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ, and Mallet Quartet. Greenwood and Currie were on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on Tuesday to discuss the Steve Reich Festival; you can hear it here.

    ---

    Rachael & Vilray—the duo of singer/songwriter Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive) and guitarist/singer/songwriter Vilray—began a run of US tour dates, featuring music from their 2023 album, I Love a Love Song!, and their self-titled debut album, in Boulder last night, and continue in Colorado this weekend with dates at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek tonight, Strings Music Pavilion in Steamboat Springs on Saturday, and Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins on Sunday. The tour heads to the Midwest later this month for shows Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Minneapolis. “I Love a Love Song! is a truly lovely album, front to back,” says No Depression. “More than anything, it’s two accomplished solo performers coming together with a mutual respect and love of musical standards with the goal of responding in kind.”

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