Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of May 17–19

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Brad Mehldau is in Bochum, Germany, both with Bochum Symphony Orchestra and solo. Hurray for the Riff Raff is in London and Paris. John Adams' El Niño concludes at The Met Opera in NYC with Julia Bullock and Davóne Tines. Sam Amidon tours Ireland. Jeremy Denk joins New Jersey Symphony. Kronos Quartet is in Zurich. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway are at FreshGrass Bentonville, then start a five-city Texas tour. Yasmin Williams is in Raleigh.

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Pianist and composer Brad Mehldau joins Bochum Symphony Orchestra, led by Clark Rundell, in performing his new Piano Concerto at Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr in Bochum, Germany, tonight. Mehldau also performs improvisations based on the work of J.S. Bach, as he does on one of his two new albums, After Bach II, and its predecessor After Bach. He returns to the venue for a solo recital on Sunday. After Bach II was released last week, along with another new album, Après Fauré. The Associated Press says: “Mehldau’s variations are bracing and daring, breathtaking and beautiful, spiritual and psychedelic. Blue notes emerge from the contrapuntal complexity as he tests the limits of Bach’s music, showing there are none.”

Mehldau recently stopped by for the Nonesuch Selects video series, in which artists visit the Nonesuch office, pick some of their favorite albums from the music library, and share a few words on their choices. He chose recordings by Richard Goode, Dawn Upshaw, Adam Guettel, Kronos Quartet, and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. You can watch that here.

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Hurray for the Riff Raff, aka Alynda Segarra, continues their European tour, in support of their new album, The Past Is Still Alive, with shows at Electric Brixton in London tonight and La Maroquinerie in Paris on Sunday. Segarra was just nominated for the 2024 Americana Honors & Awards for Album of the Year for The Past Is Still Alive, which Pitchfork includes in its list of “The Best Music of 2024 So Far,” while the album track “Ogallala” is included in New York magazine’s Vulture’s list of “The Best Songs of 2024 (So Far).”

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The Metropolitan Opera premiere performances of composer John Adams’ Nativity opera-oratorio El Niño, conducted by Marin Alsop and starring soprano Julia Bullock and bass-baritone Davóne Tines, conclude in New York City tonight. “It was almost as inspiring to see as it was to hear Adams’s marvelous work on the Met’s stage,” says the New York Times in its Critic's Pick review of the production. The premiere recording of El Niño, featuring Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Dawn Upshaw, and Willard White, was released on Nonesuch in 2001. Bullock performs Memorial De Tlatelolco, from the piece, on her 2022 debut solo album, Walking in the Dark, which won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.

Davóne Tines and his band THE TRUTH released “LET IT SHINE,” the first song from their new work ROBESOИ, last week on Nonesuch. In ROBESOИ, which premieres June 27 (preview June 26) at New York City’s Little Island, Tines grapples with the legacy of a hero, exploding the musical repertoire of Paul Robeson. Details of the forthcoming ROBESOИ album, Tines’ solo recording debut, will be announced soon.

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Sam Amidon concludes a five-date run in Ireland, with shows at Dolans Upstairs in Limerick tonight, Coughlan’s Bar in Cork on Saturday, and DeBarras in Clonakilty on Sunday. Amidon’s latest release, his 2020 self-titled album, is “a fine showcase for [his] studio experimentation,” says Rolling Stone, adding that the album “incorporates elements of spacious, echoing ambient electronic music to complement Amidon’s warm vocals, reminiscent of Nick Drake and Arthur Russell.” No Depression, describing it as “full of delicate noise and artful sophistication,” says it “deserves a pause in a harried time.”

Amidon’s own Nonesuch Selects video premiered last month, with music by Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express; Astor Piazzolla; Kronos Quartet; Sam Gendel; Word of Mouth Chorus; and Bill Frisell. You can watch it here.

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Jeremy Denk joins the New Jersey Symphony, conducted by Markus Stenz, in performing Anna Clyne’s ATLAS at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton tonight, followed by dates at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Saturday and Sunday. The program also includes Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” You can hear Denk perform Beethoven 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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Kronos Quartet brings its Five Decades: A 50th Anniversary Celebration concert tour to Volkhaus in Zurich, Switzerland, tonight, for a program of works by Sam Green, Laurie Anderson, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Nicole Lizée, and more. The Quartet joins Chœur de Chambre de Luxembourg, conducted by Antonio Grosu, for a performance of Terry Riley’s Sun Rings at Philharmonie Luxembourg on Sunday. The Kronos released a Grammy Award–winning recording of Sun Rings on Nonesuch in 2019.

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Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway bring their “Down the Rabbit Hole” tour, in support of their critically acclaimed new album, City of Gold, to The Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas, tonight, for the FreshGrass festival. The band begins the five-city Texas leg of the tour at Red River Station in Saint Jo on Saturday. City of Gold won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and the International Folk Music Award for Album of the Year; it made last year’s best lists from PopMatters, Folk Alley, No Depression, AllMusic, WFUV, and Holler, which calls it Tuttle’s “most captivating record yet … A heady 48 minutes of joy, Tuttle is single handedly making bluegrass her own.”

Tuttle performed a solo set of two tracks from City of Gold plus a cover of Jefferson Airplane's “White Rabbit" for Paste at MerleFest last month; you can watch it here.

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Yasmin Williams gives a free performance at Artsplosure in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday. Last fall, Williams released her first song on Nonesuch, “Dawning.” The track—featuring Aoife O’Donovan on vocals, Kafari on rhythm bones, and Nic Gareiss’ percussive dancing—provides an early peek at her Nonesuch debut album, due later this year. You can hear the song and watch the video for it here.

 

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Weekend Events: May 17–19, 2024
  • Friday, May 17, 2024
    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of May 17–19

    Pianist and composer Brad Mehldau joins Bochum Symphony Orchestra, led by Clark Rundell, in performing his new Piano Concerto at Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr in Bochum, Germany, tonight. Mehldau also performs improvisations based on the work of J.S. Bach, as he does on one of his two new albums, After Bach II, and its predecessor After Bach. He returns to the venue for a solo recital on Sunday. After Bach II was released last week, along with another new album, Après Fauré. The Associated Press says: “Mehldau’s variations are bracing and daring, breathtaking and beautiful, spiritual and psychedelic. Blue notes emerge from the contrapuntal complexity as he tests the limits of Bach’s music, showing there are none.”

    Mehldau recently stopped by for the Nonesuch Selects video series, in which artists visit the Nonesuch office, pick some of their favorite albums from the music library, and share a few words on their choices. He chose recordings by Richard Goode, Dawn Upshaw, Adam Guettel, Kronos Quartet, and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. You can watch that here.

    ---

    Hurray for the Riff Raff, aka Alynda Segarra, continues their European tour, in support of their new album, The Past Is Still Alive, with shows at Electric Brixton in London tonight and La Maroquinerie in Paris on Sunday. Segarra was just nominated for the 2024 Americana Honors & Awards for Album of the Year for The Past Is Still Alive, which Pitchfork includes in its list of “The Best Music of 2024 So Far,” while the album track “Ogallala” is included in New York magazine’s Vulture’s list of “The Best Songs of 2024 (So Far).”

    ---

    The Metropolitan Opera premiere performances of composer John Adams’ Nativity opera-oratorio El Niño, conducted by Marin Alsop and starring soprano Julia Bullock and bass-baritone Davóne Tines, conclude in New York City tonight. “It was almost as inspiring to see as it was to hear Adams’s marvelous work on the Met’s stage,” says the New York Times in its Critic's Pick review of the production. The premiere recording of El Niño, featuring Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Dawn Upshaw, and Willard White, was released on Nonesuch in 2001. Bullock performs Memorial De Tlatelolco, from the piece, on her 2022 debut solo album, Walking in the Dark, which won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.

    Davóne Tines and his band THE TRUTH released “LET IT SHINE,” the first song from their new work ROBESOИ, last week on Nonesuch. In ROBESOИ, which premieres June 27 (preview June 26) at New York City’s Little Island, Tines grapples with the legacy of a hero, exploding the musical repertoire of Paul Robeson. Details of the forthcoming ROBESOИ album, Tines’ solo recording debut, will be announced soon.

    ---

    Sam Amidon concludes a five-date run in Ireland, with shows at Dolans Upstairs in Limerick tonight, Coughlan’s Bar in Cork on Saturday, and DeBarras in Clonakilty on Sunday. Amidon’s latest release, his 2020 self-titled album, is “a fine showcase for [his] studio experimentation,” says Rolling Stone, adding that the album “incorporates elements of spacious, echoing ambient electronic music to complement Amidon’s warm vocals, reminiscent of Nick Drake and Arthur Russell.” No Depression, describing it as “full of delicate noise and artful sophistication,” says it “deserves a pause in a harried time.”

    Amidon’s own Nonesuch Selects video premiered last month, with music by Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express; Astor Piazzolla; Kronos Quartet; Sam Gendel; Word of Mouth Chorus; and Bill Frisell. You can watch it here.

    ---

    Jeremy Denk joins the New Jersey Symphony, conducted by Markus Stenz, in performing Anna Clyne’s ATLAS at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton tonight, followed by dates at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Saturday and Sunday. The program also includes Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” You can hear Denk perform Beethoven 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.”

    ---

    Kronos Quartet brings its Five Decades: A 50th Anniversary Celebration concert tour to Volkhaus in Zurich, Switzerland, tonight, for a program of works by Sam Green, Laurie Anderson, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Nicole Lizée, and more. The Quartet joins Chœur de Chambre de Luxembourg, conducted by Antonio Grosu, for a performance of Terry Riley’s Sun Rings at Philharmonie Luxembourg on Sunday. The Kronos released a Grammy Award–winning recording of Sun Rings on Nonesuch in 2019.

    ---

    Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway bring their “Down the Rabbit Hole” tour, in support of their critically acclaimed new album, City of Gold, to The Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas, tonight, for the FreshGrass festival. The band begins the five-city Texas leg of the tour at Red River Station in Saint Jo on Saturday. City of Gold won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and the International Folk Music Award for Album of the Year; it made last year’s best lists from PopMatters, Folk Alley, No Depression, AllMusic, WFUV, and Holler, which calls it Tuttle’s “most captivating record yet … A heady 48 minutes of joy, Tuttle is single handedly making bluegrass her own.”

    Tuttle performed a solo set of two tracks from City of Gold plus a cover of Jefferson Airplane's “White Rabbit" for Paste at MerleFest last month; you can watch it here.

    ---

    Yasmin Williams gives a free performance at Artsplosure in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday. Last fall, Williams released her first song on Nonesuch, “Dawning.” The track—featuring Aoife O’Donovan on vocals, Kafari on rhythm bones, and Nic Gareiss’ percussive dancing—provides an early peek at her Nonesuch debut album, due later this year. You can hear the song and watch the video for it here.

     

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