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Cécile McLorin Salvant performs from Mélusine at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC tonight and Saturday; the latter streams live. Thomas Adès leads Ballet Opéra de Paris in Dante and discusses it with set/costume designer Tacita Dean. Sam Amidon joins Winona Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota. Tyondai Braxton premieres new work in Chicago. Mary Halvorson performs at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Tigran Hamasyan is in São Paulo. Emmylou Harris is in Napa. Hurray for the Riff Raff and First Aid Kit tour Denver and Salt Lake City. Kronos Quartet is in Berlin. Brad Mehldau plays Jonny Greenwood with Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam. Natalie Merchant sings in Chicago and Milwaukee. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway are in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant, who receives an honorary degree from The New School at its commencement ceremony in Queens this morning, brings music from her new album, Mélusine, and more to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City tonight and Saturday. Fans around the world can tune in as Saturday's concert streams live as part of the hall's Jazz Live subscription service and on-demand for the following week.

Mélusine, which was released on vinyl earlier this month, follows Salvant’s 2022 Nonesuch debut, Ghost Song, which recently won her the Deutscher Jazzpreis in Germany for International Vocal Album. "Anyone who thinks they already know the full extent of Cécile McLorin Salvant's artistry should listen to Mélusine without further delay," exclaims Jazzwise. "It's a remarkable recording in several respects. Beautifully recorded, Salvant continues to confound and delight at every turn."

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The Ballet Opéra de Paris French premiere performances of the Wayne McGregor ballet The Dante Project, set to Thomas Adès' score, continue at Palais Garnier tonight, with the composer conducting the orchestra. The production, featuring set and costume design by visual artist Tacita Dean, continue all month. Adès and Dean are at Galerie Marian Goodman in Paris on Saturday to discuss the production and the recently released collectable limited vinyl two-LP edition of Dante, made by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, which includes artwork by Dean.

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Sam Amidon joins the Winona Symphony Orchestra and frequent collaborator Shahzad Ismaily for Driftless—a program of traditional Appalachian folk songs and Amidon-penned tunes newly arranged by Manami Kakudo, Darian Donovan Thomas, Katherine Bergman, and Nico Muhly—at Minnesota Marina Art Museum’s Riverwalk Gardens in Winona, Minnesota, on Saturday. Amidon’s Nonesuch debut album, Bright Sunny South, which also features Ismaily, was released ten years ago this week.

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Tyondai Braxton premieres Vali, a new work of electronic and sample-based music built on ideas of space and contrast & stasis and forward motion, at The Graham Foundation’s Madlener House in Chicago, on Saturday, in participation with Lampo arts organization. The first studio recording of Braxton's Telekinesis—an eighty-seven-piece work for electric guitars, orchestra, choir, and electronics—featuring Metropolis Ensemble, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and chamber choir The Crossing was released on Nonesuch last fall; the Times exclaims: "It's remarkable."

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Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson performs at the Walker Art Center's McGuire Theater tonight as part of Honey from a winter’s stone, a two-night event curated by trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. On the bill for both nights is Mivos Quartet, which performs on both of Halvorson's Nonesuch debut albums, Amaryllis and Belladonna. Amaryllis is a six-song suite performed by a newly formed sextet of master improvisers; the Mivos string quartet joins for three of the songs, making this the largest ensemble for which Halvorson has written to date. Belladonna is a set of five compositions written for Halvorson on guitar plus the Mivos Quartet, whose parts are through-composed and augmented by Halvorson’s guitar improvisations. Jazziz calls the two suites "some of the most accomplished writing of Halvorson’s meteoric career."

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Pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan and his trio—drummer Jonathan Pinson and bassist Jeremy Bruyère—play Parque Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil, tonight, as part of C6 Fest. Hamasyan and the trio on his new album of American standards, StandArt—bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Justin Brown—filmed a full concert performance of songs from the album in France, which you can watch here.

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Emmylou Harris performs at Blue Note in Napa, California, on Sunday. Harris’s second Nonesuch album, Stumble Into Grace, was released on vinyl for the first time, in a limited cream-colored edition, last week, ahead of its twentieth anniversary. Newsweek declared: "Her stellar voice takes on new depth when tied to songs this personal.”

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Hurray for the Riff Raff (aka Alynda Segarra) is currently touring the US West Coast as special guest of First Aid Kit, with whom they play shows at Fillmore Auditorium in Denver tonight and The Union in Salt Lake City on Saturday. A digital deluxe version of Hurray for the Riff Raff’s acclaimed 2022 Nonesuch Records debut, LIFE ON EARTH, was released last month.

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Kronos Quartet is at Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin for two separate programs on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s program features works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Michael Gordon, as well Terry Riley’s “One Earth, One People, One Love” (from Sun Rings) and George Crumb’s Black Angels, the last of which Kronos founder David Harrington has credited with helping to inspire the group's formation, and which it recorded for Nonesuch in 1990. The Kronos recording of Sun Rings, released on Nonesuch in 2019, earned a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album. On Sunday, the venue hosts an Open House in which Kronos invites students from the Barenboim-Said Akademie, the “Hanns Eisler” School of Music, and the Berlin University of the Arts to perform works from its 50 for the Future commissioning project.

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Brad Mehldau begins a four-date residency with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on Saturday, performing his piano concerto, a suite of music from Jonny Greenwood’s score for Paul Thomas Anderson's Academy Award–winning 2007 film, There Will Be Blood. Also on the program is  Philip Glass's Symphony No. 3.

Mehldau’s new live solo album, Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays The Beatles, was released on Nonesuch earlier this year. Mojo gives it four stars, calling it “an inspired set that reveals new ways of hearing pop classics." The first-ever vinyl edition of his 2002 Jon Brion–produced album, Largo, is due next month.

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Natalie Merchant brings music from her new album, Keep Your Courage, to the Midwest this weekend, performing at Chicago Theatre tonight and Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on Saturday. "The compositions on [Keep Your Courage] are among the most complex and rich of her long career," writes the Portland Press-Herald in a review of a concert there last week, "and to bring them to life, she brought an octet ... [that] fit her catalog snugly, with the strings in particular providing a backdrop that constantly shifted like currents on the ocean and offered a perfect accompaniment to the distinctly warm alto of her singing voice."

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Molly Tuttle and her band Golden Highway play Beer City Music Hall in Oklahoma City tonight, followed by a set at The Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas, on Saturday, as part of FreshGrass Bentonville. From there, they head north for a concert at The Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri. Their new album, City of Gold, due July 21 on Nonesuch, follows their acclaimed 2022 label debut, Crooked Tree, which won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

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Weekend Events: May 19–21, 2023
  • Friday, May 19, 2023
    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of May 19–21

    Cécile McLorin Salvant, who receives an honorary degree from The New School at its commencement ceremony in Queens this morning, brings music from her new album, Mélusine, and more to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City tonight and Saturday. Fans around the world can tune in as Saturday's concert streams live as part of the hall's Jazz Live subscription service and on-demand for the following week.

    Mélusine, which was released on vinyl earlier this month, follows Salvant’s 2022 Nonesuch debut, Ghost Song, which recently won her the Deutscher Jazzpreis in Germany for International Vocal Album. "Anyone who thinks they already know the full extent of Cécile McLorin Salvant's artistry should listen to Mélusine without further delay," exclaims Jazzwise. "It's a remarkable recording in several respects. Beautifully recorded, Salvant continues to confound and delight at every turn."

    ---

    The Ballet Opéra de Paris French premiere performances of the Wayne McGregor ballet The Dante Project, set to Thomas Adès' score, continue at Palais Garnier tonight, with the composer conducting the orchestra. The production, featuring set and costume design by visual artist Tacita Dean, continue all month. Adès and Dean are at Galerie Marian Goodman in Paris on Saturday to discuss the production and the recently released collectable limited vinyl two-LP edition of Dante, made by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, which includes artwork by Dean.

    ---

    Sam Amidon joins the Winona Symphony Orchestra and frequent collaborator Shahzad Ismaily for Driftless—a program of traditional Appalachian folk songs and Amidon-penned tunes newly arranged by Manami Kakudo, Darian Donovan Thomas, Katherine Bergman, and Nico Muhly—at Minnesota Marina Art Museum’s Riverwalk Gardens in Winona, Minnesota, on Saturday. Amidon’s Nonesuch debut album, Bright Sunny South, which also features Ismaily, was released ten years ago this week.

    ---

    Tyondai Braxton premieres Vali, a new work of electronic and sample-based music built on ideas of space and contrast & stasis and forward motion, at The Graham Foundation’s Madlener House in Chicago, on Saturday, in participation with Lampo arts organization. The first studio recording of Braxton's Telekinesis—an eighty-seven-piece work for electric guitars, orchestra, choir, and electronics—featuring Metropolis Ensemble, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and chamber choir The Crossing was released on Nonesuch last fall; the Times exclaims: "It's remarkable."

    ---

    Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson performs at the Walker Art Center's McGuire Theater tonight as part of Honey from a winter’s stone, a two-night event curated by trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. On the bill for both nights is Mivos Quartet, which performs on both of Halvorson's Nonesuch debut albums, Amaryllis and Belladonna. Amaryllis is a six-song suite performed by a newly formed sextet of master improvisers; the Mivos string quartet joins for three of the songs, making this the largest ensemble for which Halvorson has written to date. Belladonna is a set of five compositions written for Halvorson on guitar plus the Mivos Quartet, whose parts are through-composed and augmented by Halvorson’s guitar improvisations. Jazziz calls the two suites "some of the most accomplished writing of Halvorson’s meteoric career."

    ---

    Pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan and his trio—drummer Jonathan Pinson and bassist Jeremy Bruyère—play Parque Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil, tonight, as part of C6 Fest. Hamasyan and the trio on his new album of American standards, StandArt—bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Justin Brown—filmed a full concert performance of songs from the album in France, which you can watch here.

    ---

    Emmylou Harris performs at Blue Note in Napa, California, on Sunday. Harris’s second Nonesuch album, Stumble Into Grace, was released on vinyl for the first time, in a limited cream-colored edition, last week, ahead of its twentieth anniversary. Newsweek declared: "Her stellar voice takes on new depth when tied to songs this personal.”

    ---

    Hurray for the Riff Raff (aka Alynda Segarra) is currently touring the US West Coast as special guest of First Aid Kit, with whom they play shows at Fillmore Auditorium in Denver tonight and The Union in Salt Lake City on Saturday. A digital deluxe version of Hurray for the Riff Raff’s acclaimed 2022 Nonesuch Records debut, LIFE ON EARTH, was released last month.

    ---

    Kronos Quartet is at Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin for two separate programs on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s program features works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Michael Gordon, as well Terry Riley’s “One Earth, One People, One Love” (from Sun Rings) and George Crumb’s Black Angels, the last of which Kronos founder David Harrington has credited with helping to inspire the group's formation, and which it recorded for Nonesuch in 1990. The Kronos recording of Sun Rings, released on Nonesuch in 2019, earned a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album. On Sunday, the venue hosts an Open House in which Kronos invites students from the Barenboim-Said Akademie, the “Hanns Eisler” School of Music, and the Berlin University of the Arts to perform works from its 50 for the Future commissioning project.

    ---

    Brad Mehldau begins a four-date residency with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on Saturday, performing his piano concerto, a suite of music from Jonny Greenwood’s score for Paul Thomas Anderson's Academy Award–winning 2007 film, There Will Be Blood. Also on the program is  Philip Glass's Symphony No. 3.

    Mehldau’s new live solo album, Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays The Beatles, was released on Nonesuch earlier this year. Mojo gives it four stars, calling it “an inspired set that reveals new ways of hearing pop classics." The first-ever vinyl edition of his 2002 Jon Brion–produced album, Largo, is due next month.

    ---

    Natalie Merchant brings music from her new album, Keep Your Courage, to the Midwest this weekend, performing at Chicago Theatre tonight and Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on Saturday. "The compositions on [Keep Your Courage] are among the most complex and rich of her long career," writes the Portland Press-Herald in a review of a concert there last week, "and to bring them to life, she brought an octet ... [that] fit her catalog snugly, with the strings in particular providing a backdrop that constantly shifted like currents on the ocean and offered a perfect accompaniment to the distinctly warm alto of her singing voice."

    ---

    Molly Tuttle and her band Golden Highway play Beer City Music Hall in Oklahoma City tonight, followed by a set at The Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas, on Saturday, as part of FreshGrass Bentonville. From there, they head north for a concert at The Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri. Their new album, City of Gold, due July 21 on Nonesuch, follows their acclaimed 2022 label debut, Crooked Tree, which won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

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