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Yussef Dayes tours Boston, Philadelphia, and NYC. The Royal Ballet performs Wayne McGregor and Thomas Adès's The Dante Project. Ambrose Akinmusire tours Sweden with Norrbotten Big Band. Laurie Anderson is in Italy and Luxembourg. Timo Andres and Nico Muhly perform Philip Glass at David Geffen Hall in NYC. The Black Keys are in Mexico City for Corona Capital Festival. Sam Gendel is in Amsterdam. Rhiannon Giddens  performs in Berkeley and Sonoma. Tigran Hamasyan is at Spoleto Jazz Fest in Italy. The Magnetic Fields are in Stockholm and Helsinki. Brad Mehldau Trio tours Chicago, Boston, and College Park. Natalie Merchant is in Italy. Mandy Patinkin concludes London residency. Cécile McLorin Salvant is at Bozar in Brussels. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway  are in Boston, Long Island, and Pennsylvania, where Yasmin Williams is as well as Rhode Island.

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Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer Yussef Dayes kicked off a US tour, in support of his new album, Black Classical Music, in Brooklyn last night and continues with shows at Royale in Boston tonight and Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Saturday, before heading back to New York City to play Irving Plaza on Sunday. NPR Music declares Black Classical Music “an absolute feast,” while Paste says “Dayes’ debut is an enormous statement of his talent.” AllMusic considers it “easily a top pick for best albums of 2023.”

Dayes has just shared a live-performance video filmed in the Malibu mountains, backed by a hazy, golden-hour sunset. He and longtime collaborators Rocco Palladino, Venna, Elijah Fox, and Alexander Bourt perform thirty minutes of music from Black Classical Music and more. You can watch it here, along with a performance of the album's title track on BBC Two’s Later… With Jools Holland from last Friday.

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The Dante Project, the award-winning ballet by choreographer Wayne McGregor, composer Thomas Adès, and visual artist Tacita Dean, returns to London's Royal Opera House, where it was first performed in 2021, for eight performances, starting this Saturday and running through December 2. Adès's music, Dante, was performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic and its Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2022, the recording of which was released by Nonesuch earlier this year and was just nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Best Orchestral Performance, and, for the album's producer, Dmitriy Lipay, Producer of the Year, Classical.

“In any new shortlist of great ballet scores by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Bartók, Ravel, Prokofiev, Britten, and Bernstein, Dante must newly be included for its musical invention alone,” exclaims the Los Angeles Times. “There is not a second in its 88 minutes that doesn’t delight. All of it is unexpected and wanted.” The collectable limited vinyl two-LP edition includes artwork by Dean and photography from the Royal Ballet’s performance.

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Composer and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire joins the Norrbotten Big Band, as its composer in residence, in Sweden this weekend, with concerts at the Black Box at Studio Acusticum in Piteå tonight; Kulturens Hus in Luleå on Saturday; and Fasching in Stockholm on Sunday. Akinmusire makes his Nonesuch Records debut with Owl Song, due December 15, featuring guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Herlin Riley. The first music from the album, “Owl Song 1,” can be heard here.

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Laurie Anderson continues her Let X=X European tour, named after the track on her 1982 debut album, Big Science, with the band Sexmob—Steven Bernstein, Briggan Krauss, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen, and Doug Wieselman—at Teatro Sociale in Trento, Italy, tonight and Philharmonie Luxembourg in Luxembourg on Sunday, as part of the Rainy Days Festival. Big Science was reissued on vinyl for the first time in thirty years in 2021. “It's worth considering how readily Big Science stands alone, untethered from time and place,” says Uncut. “And how, over the course of its near-40-year existence, it has been a record that has come to acquire new resonance with each generation, now standing as one of the most influential albums of the past four decades.”

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Fellow composer-pianists Timo Andres and Nico Muhly join eight other pianists in performing The Complete Philip Glass Piano Etudes at David Geffen Hall’s Wu Tsai Theater in New York City on Sunday. You can hear Andres perform Philip Glass’s “Evening Song No. 2” and Muhly’s “Move” on the 2020 Nonesuch album I Still Play—an album of original solo piano compositions written by artists who have recorded for Nonesuch performed by Andres and others.

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The Black Keys bring music from their latest album, Dropout Boogie, and more to Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City on Saturday for the Corona Capital Festival.

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Saxophonist and composer Sam Gendel performs at Paradiso in Amsterdam tonight, as part of the Super-Sonic Jazz Festival. His album COOKUP—interpretations of R&B and soul hits originally released between 1992 and 2004—was released earlier this year on Nonesuch.

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Rhiannon Giddens joins the Silkroad Ensemble, of which she is Artistic Director, for American Railroad, which maps the creation of the Transcontinental Railroad through stories and sounds of African American, Chinese, Irish, Japanese, and Native American communities, in California this weekend, at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley tonight and Green Music Center in Sonoma tomorrow. Omar, the opera for which Giddens and co-writer Michael Abels earned the Pulitzer Prize in Music this year, began its run at San Francisco Opera last week, with performances continuing through next Tuesday. Giddens’s latest album, You’re the One, released earlier this year on Nonesuch, received two Grammy Award nominations last week: Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Performance for the album track “You Louisiana Man.”

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Tigran Hamasyan and his trio—bassist Marc Karapetian and drummer Arthur Hnatek—bring music from his 2020 Nonesuch album, The Call Within, to Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti in Spoleto, Italy, tonight, as part of the Spoleto Jazz Festival. Hamasyan followed The Call Within, which Jazzwise calls “an exceptional recording for exceptional times” and Hamasyan’s “strongest artistic statement yet,” with last year’s StandArt, his first album of American standards which led Jazziz to call him “one of today’s most revered and distinctive voices in jazz and creative music.”

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The Magnetic Fields continue their European tour with concerts at Nalen Stora Stalen in Stockholm tonight and Savastia in Helsinki on Sunday. The band’s 2004 Nonesuch debut album, i, is now available on vinyl for the first time, on limited-edition 140-gram, gold-colored vinyl, here. “Stephin Merritt is an incomparable lyricist capable of balancing arch wit with painfully acute observation,” the Guardian said upon the album's release. “The most exciting dissector of modern love around.”

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Pianist and composer Brad Mehldau and his Trio—bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard—perform at Symphony Center in Chicago tonight, Berklee Performance Center in Boston on Saturday, and The Clarice at the University of Maryland in College Park on Sunday. Mehldau released a live solo album, Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays The Beatles, earlier this year. “A great improvising pianist takes on The Beatles,” says Mojo. “An inspired set that reveals new ways of hearing pop classics.” His acclaimed 2002 album Largo was released on vinyl for the first time last spring.

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Natalie Merchant concludes her European headlining tour, featuring music from her new album, Keep Your Courage, this weekend, with her first shows in Italy in over twenty years: at Teatro Dal Verme in Milan tonight and Palasport San Bernardino in Chiari on Saturday. Merchant spoke about the new album with BBC Radio Scotland’s Another Country host Ricky Ross for a special that aired this week; you can hear their conversation here. You can watch the video for the album track “Sister Tilly,” which is dedicated to Joan Didion and pays homage to the generation of women who influenced Merchant in the 1960s and ’70s when she was growing up, here.

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Mandy Patinkin concludes his Live In Concert residency at the Lyric Theatre in London this weekend, with shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The program includes music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Harry Chapin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and more. Patinkin's latest album, Children and Art, was released on Nonesuch in 2019.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant and her quintet—pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, drummer Savannah Harris, and percussionist Weedie Braimah—are at Bozar in Brussels tonight, performing music from her Grammy-nominated new album, Melusine, and more. Melusine was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album; the track “Fenestra” is up for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals for Godwin Louis’ arrangement. Salvant released the third of three videos of songs from the album filmed in the Unicorn Tapestries Room at The Met Cloisters this week; you can watch “Dame Iseut” here, “D’un feu secret” here, and the title track here.

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Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway bring music from their critically acclaimed and now Grammy-nominated new album, City of Gold, to Berklee Performance Center in Boston tonight, followed by sold-out shows at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, New York, on Saturday, and Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, on Sunday. The band earned their second consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album for City of Gold, following last year's win in the category for their debut album, Crooked Tree. Rolling Stone recently named Tuttle one of “The 250 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” saying: “Even before they started sweeping awards ceremonies, California-raised, Nashville-based bluegrass innovator Molly Tuttle and her crack band Golden Highway were writing their name into the history of roots music.”

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Composer and guitarist Yasmin Williams concludes her tour with Valerie June, Rachael Davis, and Thao this weekend, playing The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, tonight, and the United Theatre in Westerly, Rhode Island, on Saturday. Earlier this year, 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 in 2024 (details to come). You can hear the song and watch the video for it here. “Williams … is one of the country’s most imaginative young solo guitarists,” says the New York Times. “[Her] radiant sound and adventitious origins have made her a key figure in a diverse dawn for the solo guitar.”

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Weekend Events: November 17, 2023
  • Friday, November 17, 2023
    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of November 17–19

    Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer Yussef Dayes kicked off a US tour, in support of his new album, Black Classical Music, in Brooklyn last night and continues with shows at Royale in Boston tonight and Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Saturday, before heading back to New York City to play Irving Plaza on Sunday. NPR Music declares Black Classical Music “an absolute feast,” while Paste says “Dayes’ debut is an enormous statement of his talent.” AllMusic considers it “easily a top pick for best albums of 2023.”

    Dayes has just shared a live-performance video filmed in the Malibu mountains, backed by a hazy, golden-hour sunset. He and longtime collaborators Rocco Palladino, Venna, Elijah Fox, and Alexander Bourt perform thirty minutes of music from Black Classical Music and more. You can watch it here, along with a performance of the album's title track on BBC Two’s Later… With Jools Holland from last Friday.

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    The Dante Project, the award-winning ballet by choreographer Wayne McGregor, composer Thomas Adès, and visual artist Tacita Dean, returns to London's Royal Opera House, where it was first performed in 2021, for eight performances, starting this Saturday and running through December 2. Adès's music, Dante, was performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic and its Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2022, the recording of which was released by Nonesuch earlier this year and was just nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Best Orchestral Performance, and, for the album's producer, Dmitriy Lipay, Producer of the Year, Classical.

    “In any new shortlist of great ballet scores by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Bartók, Ravel, Prokofiev, Britten, and Bernstein, Dante must newly be included for its musical invention alone,” exclaims the Los Angeles Times. “There is not a second in its 88 minutes that doesn’t delight. All of it is unexpected and wanted.” The collectable limited vinyl two-LP edition includes artwork by Dean and photography from the Royal Ballet’s performance.

    ---

    Composer and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire joins the Norrbotten Big Band, as its composer in residence, in Sweden this weekend, with concerts at the Black Box at Studio Acusticum in Piteå tonight; Kulturens Hus in Luleå on Saturday; and Fasching in Stockholm on Sunday. Akinmusire makes his Nonesuch Records debut with Owl Song, due December 15, featuring guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Herlin Riley. The first music from the album, “Owl Song 1,” can be heard here.

    ---

    Laurie Anderson continues her Let X=X European tour, named after the track on her 1982 debut album, Big Science, with the band Sexmob—Steven Bernstein, Briggan Krauss, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen, and Doug Wieselman—at Teatro Sociale in Trento, Italy, tonight and Philharmonie Luxembourg in Luxembourg on Sunday, as part of the Rainy Days Festival. Big Science was reissued on vinyl for the first time in thirty years in 2021. “It's worth considering how readily Big Science stands alone, untethered from time and place,” says Uncut. “And how, over the course of its near-40-year existence, it has been a record that has come to acquire new resonance with each generation, now standing as one of the most influential albums of the past four decades.”

    ---

    Fellow composer-pianists Timo Andres and Nico Muhly join eight other pianists in performing The Complete Philip Glass Piano Etudes at David Geffen Hall’s Wu Tsai Theater in New York City on Sunday. You can hear Andres perform Philip Glass’s “Evening Song No. 2” and Muhly’s “Move” on the 2020 Nonesuch album I Still Play—an album of original solo piano compositions written by artists who have recorded for Nonesuch performed by Andres and others.

    ---

    The Black Keys bring music from their latest album, Dropout Boogie, and more to Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City on Saturday for the Corona Capital Festival.

    ---

    Saxophonist and composer Sam Gendel performs at Paradiso in Amsterdam tonight, as part of the Super-Sonic Jazz Festival. His album COOKUP—interpretations of R&B and soul hits originally released between 1992 and 2004—was released earlier this year on Nonesuch.

    ---

    Rhiannon Giddens joins the Silkroad Ensemble, of which she is Artistic Director, for American Railroad, which maps the creation of the Transcontinental Railroad through stories and sounds of African American, Chinese, Irish, Japanese, and Native American communities, in California this weekend, at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley tonight and Green Music Center in Sonoma tomorrow. Omar, the opera for which Giddens and co-writer Michael Abels earned the Pulitzer Prize in Music this year, began its run at San Francisco Opera last week, with performances continuing through next Tuesday. Giddens’s latest album, You’re the One, released earlier this year on Nonesuch, received two Grammy Award nominations last week: Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Performance for the album track “You Louisiana Man.”

    ---

    Tigran Hamasyan and his trio—bassist Marc Karapetian and drummer Arthur Hnatek—bring music from his 2020 Nonesuch album, The Call Within, to Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti in Spoleto, Italy, tonight, as part of the Spoleto Jazz Festival. Hamasyan followed The Call Within, which Jazzwise calls “an exceptional recording for exceptional times” and Hamasyan’s “strongest artistic statement yet,” with last year’s StandArt, his first album of American standards which led Jazziz to call him “one of today’s most revered and distinctive voices in jazz and creative music.”

    ---

    The Magnetic Fields continue their European tour with concerts at Nalen Stora Stalen in Stockholm tonight and Savastia in Helsinki on Sunday. The band’s 2004 Nonesuch debut album, i, is now available on vinyl for the first time, on limited-edition 140-gram, gold-colored vinyl, here. “Stephin Merritt is an incomparable lyricist capable of balancing arch wit with painfully acute observation,” the Guardian said upon the album's release. “The most exciting dissector of modern love around.”

    ---

    Pianist and composer Brad Mehldau and his Trio—bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard—perform at Symphony Center in Chicago tonight, Berklee Performance Center in Boston on Saturday, and The Clarice at the University of Maryland in College Park on Sunday. Mehldau released a live solo album, Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays The Beatles, earlier this year. “A great improvising pianist takes on The Beatles,” says Mojo. “An inspired set that reveals new ways of hearing pop classics.” His acclaimed 2002 album Largo was released on vinyl for the first time last spring.

    ---

    Natalie Merchant concludes her European headlining tour, featuring music from her new album, Keep Your Courage, this weekend, with her first shows in Italy in over twenty years: at Teatro Dal Verme in Milan tonight and Palasport San Bernardino in Chiari on Saturday. Merchant spoke about the new album with BBC Radio Scotland’s Another Country host Ricky Ross for a special that aired this week; you can hear their conversation here. You can watch the video for the album track “Sister Tilly,” which is dedicated to Joan Didion and pays homage to the generation of women who influenced Merchant in the 1960s and ’70s when she was growing up, here.

    ---

    Mandy Patinkin concludes his Live In Concert residency at the Lyric Theatre in London this weekend, with shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The program includes music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Harry Chapin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and more. Patinkin's latest album, Children and Art, was released on Nonesuch in 2019.

    ---

    Cécile McLorin Salvant and her quintet—pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, drummer Savannah Harris, and percussionist Weedie Braimah—are at Bozar in Brussels tonight, performing music from her Grammy-nominated new album, Melusine, and more. Melusine was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album; the track “Fenestra” is up for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals for Godwin Louis’ arrangement. Salvant released the third of three videos of songs from the album filmed in the Unicorn Tapestries Room at The Met Cloisters this week; you can watch “Dame Iseut” here, “D’un feu secret” here, and the title track here.

    ---

    Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway bring music from their critically acclaimed and now Grammy-nominated new album, City of Gold, to Berklee Performance Center in Boston tonight, followed by sold-out shows at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, New York, on Saturday, and Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, on Sunday. The band earned their second consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album for City of Gold, following last year's win in the category for their debut album, Crooked Tree. Rolling Stone recently named Tuttle one of “The 250 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” saying: “Even before they started sweeping awards ceremonies, California-raised, Nashville-based bluegrass innovator Molly Tuttle and her crack band Golden Highway were writing their name into the history of roots music.”

    ---

    Composer and guitarist Yasmin Williams concludes her tour with Valerie June, Rachael Davis, and Thao this weekend, playing The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, tonight, and the United Theatre in Westerly, Rhode Island, on Saturday. Earlier this year, 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 in 2024 (details to come). You can hear the song and watch the video for it here. “Williams … is one of the country’s most imaginative young solo guitarists,” says the New York Times. “[Her] radiant sound and adventitious origins have made her a key figure in a diverse dawn for the solo guitar.”

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