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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of November 15–17

    Stephin Merritt begins his four-concert residency—From 69 to 50: A Stephin Merritt / Magnetic Fields Residency—at Symphony Space in New York City with the first of two Magnetic Fields concerts at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre on Saturday. The original members of The Magnetic Fields—Merritt, Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, John Woo, and Shirley Simms—are joined by members of the band that brought the 50 Song Memoir five-disc box set to life, as well as additional special guests.

    The next Magnetic Fields concert is on December 7. The residency also includes performances from Merritt’s bands Future Bible Heroes on November 21 and The Gothic Archies on December 12.

    The five-disc set 50 Song Memoir, released on Nonesuch in 2017, chronicles the 50 years of Merritt's life with one song per year. The Wall Street Journal says: “50 Song Memoir is a treat.”

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    Sam Amidon continues his UK tour at Merlin Theatre in Sheffield tonight and The Anvil in Basingstoke on Sunday. His Fatal Flower Garden EP (A Tribute to Harry Smith), out today on Nonesuch, features Amidon’s take on four songs from Anthology of American Folk Music, Smith’s beloved and influential 1920s and ’30s folk music recordings.

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    The Black Keys continue their "Let's Rock" tour at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix on Saturday and Pechanga Arena in San Diego on Sunday. "Let's Rock," released in June via Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch Records, is “brilliant,” exclaims Uncut. “The album is immense.”

    “We played our first show in L.A. in September, and I think we’ve been playing better than we’ve ever had," Patrick Carney tells the Phoenix New Times ahead of Saturday’s show. “We’re also having more fun on the road than we ever had.” You can read what else he had to say here, and listen to what the band told Rick Rubin in the latest Broken Records podcast here.

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    Carminho takes her North American tour, featuring music from her new album, Maria, to California, with shows at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica on Saturday and SFJAZZ Center’s Miner Auditorium in San Francisco on Sunday. The tour concludes at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday.

    London Jazz News calls Maria "a beautifully realized, remarkably varied yet uniformly gorgeous album." PopMatters calls it “a testament to the power of fado as well as a stunning examination of her musical prowess.”

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    Daughter of SwordsMountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig—performs as special guest of Sylvan Esso (the electro-pop project of fellow Mountain Man Amelia Meath) at Beacon Theatre on Sunday. Her debut album, Dawnbreaker, released earlier this year on Nonesuch, “reveals her effortless skill as a songwriter as she delivers an homage to the betwixt and between of a relationship in its twilight,” says Pitchfork.

    Last week, Mountain Man released a cover of the Irving Berlin holiday classic, “White Christmas,” which you can hear here.

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    Pianist Jeremy Denk joins the Naples Philharmonic, led by Arvo Volmer, and harpist Hannah Lash, at Hayes Hall in Naples, Florida on Sunday. The program includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, and a new work by Lash. Denk performs works by Beethoven and many other composers on his new album, c. 1300–c. 2000, which the Telegraph calls “exhilarating.”

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    Tigran Hamasyan plays solo shows at Bielsko Cultural Centre in Bielsko-Biała, Poland, tonight, and CajaCanarias Cultural Space in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, on Saturday.

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    Kronos Quartet and Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat perform at Teatro Municipale Valli in Reggio Emilia, Italy, on Sunday. On the program are a selection from Terry Riley’s Sun Rings, and works by Vahdat, John Coltrane, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, and others.

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    Pianist Brad Mehldau gives a solo performance at Schloss Elmau in Krün, Germany, on Saturday. His new album, Finding Gabriel, is “magnificent,” says Mojo, “an immersive series of storytelling tone poems enhanced by horns, strings, and choir-like vocals.” The AP calls it “a soundtrack for our times.”

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    Pat Metheny and his Side Eye trio—pianist James Francies and drummer Marcus Gilmore—begin a five-night run in Italy at Palasport San Bernardino in Chiari on Sunday.

    Metheny's new album, From This Place, will be released on Nonesuch Records on February 21. Album preorders are available now in the Nonesuch Store with an instant download of the opening track, "America Undefined," and an exclusive, limited-edition print signed by Metheny.

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    Gaby Moreno continues a two-week Roots Rising! tour with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen in California this weekend, at Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo tonight, The Pico Union Project in Los Angeles on Saturday, and the California Center for the Arts in Escondido on Sunday.

    ¡Spangled!, Moreno’s new album with Van Dyke Parks, is a "life-affirming collaboration,” says Metro. "Its very existence is a political statement ... joy as an act of resistance.”

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    Mandy Patinkin, accompanied by pianist Adam Ben David, performs music from his new album, Children and Art, and more at McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California, on Saturday. “My goal is to find the light and to turn any story that I may be singing into a hopeful, optimistic life-filled possibility,” Patinkin tells the Jewish Journal.

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    The Joshua Redman Quartet—pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson—plays music from Come What May, its first album in nearly two decades, at SFJAZZ Center’s Miner Auditorium in San Francisco tonight, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon.

    Redman is a visiting artist with the Stanford University Department of Music for the 2019–2020 academic year and as such will be teaching masterclasses and improvisation courses and performing with the Stanford Jazz Orchestra, among other things. He spoke with the Mercury News about his new role and about this weekend's concerts with the Quartet. "I think more than anything, everybody just comes to play every night," he says of the band. "There is just a real enthusiasm for making music—and for making music together." You can read what else he had to say at mercurynews.com.

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    Chris Thile hosts his public radio show, Live From Here, from The Town Hall in New York City on Saturday, with special guests They Might Be Giants, Big Thief, Aoife O'Donovan, actress Marina Franklin, journalist/radio host DW Gibson, and actors Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox from Broadway's Betrayal. Folks in the US can tune in on their favorite public radio station this weekend and around the world via livefromhere.org, starting at 5:45 PM ET.

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    Vagabon continues her tour of the United States as special guest of Angel Olsen with shows at Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan, tonight, and Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto on Saturday. Vagabon’s self-titled sophomore album, released last month on Nonesuch and now available on vinyl, is an “indie-pop masterpiece,” says Clash, “simply captivating from start to finish.”

    "There's comfort for me in performing and there's comfort in being on tour," Vagabon (Laetitia Tamko) told The Current this week. "This is where I have found the most comfort and the most sense of home, is through music." You can hear her discuss and perform from her new album in the session at thecurrent.org.

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    Yola continues her sold-out European tour as special guest of Greta Van Fleet at Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium, tonight, before heading to Germany for her own headlining concerts at Lido in Berlin on Saturday and Stage Club in Hamburg on Sunday. Yola was nominated for two UK Americana Awards last week: UK Artist of the Year and UK Album of the Year, for her solo debut album, Walk Through Fire.

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Stephin Merritt begins Symphony Space residency in NYC with Magnetic Fields … Sam Amidon tours UK … The Black Keys head West … Carminho, Gaby Moreno, Mandy Patinkin tour California … Daughter of Swords plays NYC with Sylvan Esso … Jeremy Denk is in Florida … Tigran Hamasyan tours Europe … Kronos Quartet, Pat Metheny perform in Italy … Brad Mehldau plays solo in Germany … Joshua Redman Quartet plays SFJAZZ … Chris Thile hosts Live From Here from NYC … Vagabon plays Michigan, Toronto … Yola tours Belgium with Greta Van Fleet, headlines in Germany …

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Stephin Merritt begins his four-concert residency—From 69 to 50: A Stephin Merritt / Magnetic Fields Residency—at Symphony Space in New York City with the first of two Magnetic Fields concerts at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre on Saturday. The original members of The Magnetic Fields—Merritt, Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, John Woo, and Shirley Simms—are joined by members of the band that brought the 50 Song Memoir five-disc box set to life, as well as additional special guests.

The next Magnetic Fields concert is on December 7. The residency also includes performances from Merritt’s bands Future Bible Heroes on November 21 and The Gothic Archies on December 12.

The five-disc set 50 Song Memoir, released on Nonesuch in 2017, chronicles the 50 years of Merritt's life with one song per year. The Wall Street Journal says: “50 Song Memoir is a treat.”

---

Sam Amidon continues his UK tour at Merlin Theatre in Sheffield tonight and The Anvil in Basingstoke on Sunday. His Fatal Flower Garden EP (A Tribute to Harry Smith), out today on Nonesuch, features Amidon’s take on four songs from Anthology of American Folk Music, Smith’s beloved and influential 1920s and ’30s folk music recordings.

---

The Black Keys continue their "Let's Rock" tour at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix on Saturday and Pechanga Arena in San Diego on Sunday. "Let's Rock," released in June via Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch Records, is “brilliant,” exclaims Uncut. “The album is immense.”

“We played our first show in L.A. in September, and I think we’ve been playing better than we’ve ever had," Patrick Carney tells the Phoenix New Times ahead of Saturday’s show. “We’re also having more fun on the road than we ever had.” You can read what else he had to say here, and listen to what the band told Rick Rubin in the latest Broken Records podcast here.

---

Carminho takes her North American tour, featuring music from her new album, Maria, to California, with shows at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica on Saturday and SFJAZZ Center’s Miner Auditorium in San Francisco on Sunday. The tour concludes at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday.

London Jazz News calls Maria "a beautifully realized, remarkably varied yet uniformly gorgeous album." PopMatters calls it “a testament to the power of fado as well as a stunning examination of her musical prowess.”

---

Daughter of SwordsMountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig—performs as special guest of Sylvan Esso (the electro-pop project of fellow Mountain Man Amelia Meath) at Beacon Theatre on Sunday. Her debut album, Dawnbreaker, released earlier this year on Nonesuch, “reveals her effortless skill as a songwriter as she delivers an homage to the betwixt and between of a relationship in its twilight,” says Pitchfork.

Last week, Mountain Man released a cover of the Irving Berlin holiday classic, “White Christmas,” which you can hear here.

---

Pianist Jeremy Denk joins the Naples Philharmonic, led by Arvo Volmer, and harpist Hannah Lash, at Hayes Hall in Naples, Florida on Sunday. The program includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, and a new work by Lash. Denk performs works by Beethoven and many other composers on his new album, c. 1300–c. 2000, which the Telegraph calls “exhilarating.”

---

Tigran Hamasyan plays solo shows at Bielsko Cultural Centre in Bielsko-Biała, Poland, tonight, and CajaCanarias Cultural Space in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, on Saturday.

---

Kronos Quartet and Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat perform at Teatro Municipale Valli in Reggio Emilia, Italy, on Sunday. On the program are a selection from Terry Riley’s Sun Rings, and works by Vahdat, John Coltrane, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, and others.

---

Pianist Brad Mehldau gives a solo performance at Schloss Elmau in Krün, Germany, on Saturday. His new album, Finding Gabriel, is “magnificent,” says Mojo, “an immersive series of storytelling tone poems enhanced by horns, strings, and choir-like vocals.” The AP calls it “a soundtrack for our times.”

---

Pat Metheny and his Side Eye trio—pianist James Francies and drummer Marcus Gilmore—begin a five-night run in Italy at Palasport San Bernardino in Chiari on Sunday.

Metheny's new album, From This Place, will be released on Nonesuch Records on February 21. Album preorders are available now in the Nonesuch Store with an instant download of the opening track, "America Undefined," and an exclusive, limited-edition print signed by Metheny.

---

Gaby Moreno continues a two-week Roots Rising! tour with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen in California this weekend, at Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo tonight, The Pico Union Project in Los Angeles on Saturday, and the California Center for the Arts in Escondido on Sunday.

¡Spangled!, Moreno’s new album with Van Dyke Parks, is a "life-affirming collaboration,” says Metro. "Its very existence is a political statement ... joy as an act of resistance.”

---

Mandy Patinkin, accompanied by pianist Adam Ben David, performs music from his new album, Children and Art, and more at McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California, on Saturday. “My goal is to find the light and to turn any story that I may be singing into a hopeful, optimistic life-filled possibility,” Patinkin tells the Jewish Journal.

---

The Joshua Redman Quartet—pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson—plays music from Come What May, its first album in nearly two decades, at SFJAZZ Center’s Miner Auditorium in San Francisco tonight, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon.

Redman is a visiting artist with the Stanford University Department of Music for the 2019–2020 academic year and as such will be teaching masterclasses and improvisation courses and performing with the Stanford Jazz Orchestra, among other things. He spoke with the Mercury News about his new role and about this weekend's concerts with the Quartet. "I think more than anything, everybody just comes to play every night," he says of the band. "There is just a real enthusiasm for making music—and for making music together." You can read what else he had to say at mercurynews.com.

---

Chris Thile hosts his public radio show, Live From Here, from The Town Hall in New York City on Saturday, with special guests They Might Be Giants, Big Thief, Aoife O'Donovan, actress Marina Franklin, journalist/radio host DW Gibson, and actors Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox from Broadway's Betrayal. Folks in the US can tune in on their favorite public radio station this weekend and around the world via livefromhere.org, starting at 5:45 PM ET.

---

Vagabon continues her tour of the United States as special guest of Angel Olsen with shows at Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan, tonight, and Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto on Saturday. Vagabon’s self-titled sophomore album, released last month on Nonesuch and now available on vinyl, is an “indie-pop masterpiece,” says Clash, “simply captivating from start to finish.”

"There's comfort for me in performing and there's comfort in being on tour," Vagabon (Laetitia Tamko) told The Current this week. "This is where I have found the most comfort and the most sense of home, is through music." You can hear her discuss and perform from her new album in the session at thecurrent.org.

---

Yola continues her sold-out European tour as special guest of Greta Van Fleet at Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium, tonight, before heading to Germany for her own headlining concerts at Lido in Berlin on Saturday and Stage Club in Hamburg on Sunday. Yola was nominated for two UK Americana Awards last week: UK Artist of the Year and UK Album of the Year, for her solo debut album, Walk Through Fire.

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