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    Rhiannon Giddens's New Album with Francesco Turrisi, "there is no Other," Due May 3 on Nonesuch Records

    Rhiannon Giddens's latest album, there is no Other, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, is set for release on May 3, 2019, on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Joe Henry and tracked over an intensely productive five-day period in Dublin, Ireland, there is no Other is at once a condemnation of "othering" and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience.

    The album is available for pre-order now on iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, where the album track "I'm on My Way" may be downloaded immediately; a video for the song may be seen below. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also come with an exclusive, limited-edition autographed print. The album will also stream at Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital service providers. A deluxe vinyl edition will be released in the fall with details to come.

    Tracing the overlooked movement of sounds from Africa and the Arabic world and their influence on European and American music, there is no Other illuminates the universality of music and the commonality of the human experience. It primarily features only Giddens and Turrisi playing one or two instruments together. The album comprises a mix of original songs penned by Giddens and a diverse set of interpretations ranging from Ola Belle Reed's "I'm Gonna Write Me a Letter" and Oscar Brown, Jr.'s "Brown Baby" to the Italian traditional "Pizzica di San Vito" to the aria "Black Swan" by Gian-Carlo Menotti

    Giddens recently told the Irish Times: "It's all about movement, for both of us ... movements of human beings and how we affect each other. If you just look at our range of instruments, where they've come from and how they've travelled across the world, it's pretty amazing. The way that both of us approach music is very similar because we're both educated about where the music is coming from. But when it comes to playing, we're both just playing what we feel."

    there is no Other was recorded with little editing and overdubbing. Giddens sings and plays minstrel banjo, octave violin, and viola. Turrisi plays piano, accordion, frame drum, tamburello, lute, cello banjo, daf, and colascione. They are joined on four songs by Kate Ellis on cello. The array of instruments reveal the sonic ties that bind between African, Arabic, European, and American cultures.

    Giddens and Turrisi will debut a number of songs from the album at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, this Friday, March 22. She is also a panelist at the festival, and the ballet she and Turrisi scored, Lucy Negro Redux, will be performed twice at Big Ears as well. (Giddens and Turrisi play the score live on stage. Lucy Negro Redux was recently deemed a "miracle" by the New York Times.)

    Giddens and Turrisi have also announced an extensive 2019 tour; see below for a full list of dates.

    Rhiannon Giddens is a celebrated artist who excavates the past to reveal bold and candid truths about our present. A MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient, she has performed for the Obama's at the White House and acted in two seasons of the hit television series Nashville. She has been profiled by CBS Sunday Morning, the New York Times, and NPR's Fresh Air, among others. Her acclaimed solo albums, Tomorrow Is My Turn (along with the EP Factory Girl, produced by T Bone Burnett) and Freedom Highway, received three Grammy Award nominations; her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops (which she co-founded) received a Grammy in 2010. Giddens is also featured in Ken Burns's Country Music series coming to PBS this fall and will perform at concerts tied to the series in Nashville and New York City. Songs of Our Native Daughters, a collaborative album featuring Giddens that tells the stories of historic black womanhood and survival, was released on Smithsonian Folkways last month to rave reviews.

    Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi defies easy categorization. Called "a musical alchemist" by the Irish Times, Turrisi is a Turin-born musician whose Dublin base reflects his global sensibilities. With his unique ability to fold early music, pan-Mediterranean modal melodies, and European flavored jazz into a single repertoire, Turrisi has developed a musical style that crisscrosses cultures and forges musical alliances that are, at once, old and familiar and startlingly brand new. He has performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, jazz icon Dave Liebman, early music group l'Arpeggiata, contemporary ensemble Bang on a Can, Irish sean-nós singer Roisin El Safty, and tarantella specialist Lucilla Galeazzi.

    RHIANNON GIDDENS ON TOUR

    Mar 20 Tennessee Theater* Knoxville, TN
    Mar 21&22 Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN
    Mar 27 Ryman Auditorium** Nashville, TN
         
    Apr 25–27 Jazz at Lincoln Center** New York ,NY
         
    May 16 Meyerhoff Symphony Hall^ Baltimore, MD
    May 22-25 Symphony Hall^^ Boston, MA
         
    Jul 11 Auburn Public Theater Auburn, NY
    Jul 12 Hillside Festival Guelph Eramosa, ON
    Jul 14 Green River Festival Greenfield, MA
    Jul 25 Chautauqua Amphitheater†† Chautauqua, NY
         

    *Lucy Negro Redux
    ** Country Music: A Celebration of the Film by Ken Burns
    ^ w/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
    ^^ w/Boston Pops
    † w/Francesco Turrisi
    †† Our Native Daugthers


    RHIANNON GIDDENS ON TOUR WITH FRANCESCO TURRISI

    Aug 23 Fayetteville Roots Festival Fayetteville, AR
         
    Sep 8 The Long Road Lutterworth, UNITED KINGDOM
         
    Sep 19 Alys Stephens Center Birmingham, AL
    Sep 20 City Winery Atlanta, GA
    Sep 21 City Winery Nashville, TN
    Sep 23 McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square Charlotte, NC
    Sep 25 North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh, NC
    Sep 26 Kennedy Center Terrace Theater Washington, DC
    Sep 27 McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ
    Sep 28 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
    Sep 29 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, VT
    Oct 1 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield, ME
    Oct 2 The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Harbor, ME
    Oct 3 Sanders Theatre Cambridge, MA
    Oct 4 Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY
    Oct 19 Pico Union Project Los Angeles, CA
    Oct 23 The Kent Stage Kent, OH
    Oct 25 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
    Oct 26 City Winery Chicago, IL
    Oct 27 City Winery Chicago, IL
    Oct 29 Buskirk-Chumley Theater Bloomington, IN
    Oct 30 The Englert Theatre Iowa City, IA
    Oct 31 The Dakota Minneapolis, MN
    Nov 1 The Dakota Minneapolis, MN
    Nov 2&3 Stoughton Opera House Stoughton, WI
         
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Rhiannon Giddens's New Album with Francesco Turrisi, "there is no Other," Due May 3 on Nonesuch Records

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Rhiannon Giddens's latest album, there is no Other, made with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, is due May 3 on Nonesuch. Produced by Joe Henry and recorded over five days in Dublin, there is no Other is at once a condemnation of "othering" and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include an instant download of the track "I'm on My Way" (a video for which can be seen here) and an exclusive, limited-edition autographed print. Giddens and Turrisi will tour later this year.

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Rhiannon Giddens's latest album, there is no Other, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, is set for release on May 3, 2019, on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Joe Henry and tracked over an intensely productive five-day period in Dublin, Ireland, there is no Other is at once a condemnation of "othering" and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience.

The album is available for pre-order now on iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, where the album track "I'm on My Way" may be downloaded immediately; a video for the song may be seen below. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also come with an exclusive, limited-edition autographed print. The album will also stream at Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital service providers. A deluxe vinyl edition will be released in the fall with details to come.

Tracing the overlooked movement of sounds from Africa and the Arabic world and their influence on European and American music, there is no Other illuminates the universality of music and the commonality of the human experience. It primarily features only Giddens and Turrisi playing one or two instruments together. The album comprises a mix of original songs penned by Giddens and a diverse set of interpretations ranging from Ola Belle Reed's "I'm Gonna Write Me a Letter" and Oscar Brown, Jr.'s "Brown Baby" to the Italian traditional "Pizzica di San Vito" to the aria "Black Swan" by Gian-Carlo Menotti

Giddens recently told the Irish Times: "It's all about movement, for both of us ... movements of human beings and how we affect each other. If you just look at our range of instruments, where they've come from and how they've travelled across the world, it's pretty amazing. The way that both of us approach music is very similar because we're both educated about where the music is coming from. But when it comes to playing, we're both just playing what we feel."

there is no Other was recorded with little editing and overdubbing. Giddens sings and plays minstrel banjo, octave violin, and viola. Turrisi plays piano, accordion, frame drum, tamburello, lute, cello banjo, daf, and colascione. They are joined on four songs by Kate Ellis on cello. The array of instruments reveal the sonic ties that bind between African, Arabic, European, and American cultures.

Giddens and Turrisi will debut a number of songs from the album at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, this Friday, March 22. She is also a panelist at the festival, and the ballet she and Turrisi scored, Lucy Negro Redux, will be performed twice at Big Ears as well. (Giddens and Turrisi play the score live on stage. Lucy Negro Redux was recently deemed a "miracle" by the New York Times.)

Giddens and Turrisi have also announced an extensive 2019 tour; see below for a full list of dates.

Rhiannon Giddens is a celebrated artist who excavates the past to reveal bold and candid truths about our present. A MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient, she has performed for the Obama's at the White House and acted in two seasons of the hit television series Nashville. She has been profiled by CBS Sunday Morning, the New York Times, and NPR's Fresh Air, among others. Her acclaimed solo albums, Tomorrow Is My Turn (along with the EP Factory Girl, produced by T Bone Burnett) and Freedom Highway, received three Grammy Award nominations; her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops (which she co-founded) received a Grammy in 2010. Giddens is also featured in Ken Burns's Country Music series coming to PBS this fall and will perform at concerts tied to the series in Nashville and New York City. Songs of Our Native Daughters, a collaborative album featuring Giddens that tells the stories of historic black womanhood and survival, was released on Smithsonian Folkways last month to rave reviews.

Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi defies easy categorization. Called "a musical alchemist" by the Irish Times, Turrisi is a Turin-born musician whose Dublin base reflects his global sensibilities. With his unique ability to fold early music, pan-Mediterranean modal melodies, and European flavored jazz into a single repertoire, Turrisi has developed a musical style that crisscrosses cultures and forges musical alliances that are, at once, old and familiar and startlingly brand new. He has performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, jazz icon Dave Liebman, early music group l'Arpeggiata, contemporary ensemble Bang on a Can, Irish sean-nós singer Roisin El Safty, and tarantella specialist Lucilla Galeazzi.

RHIANNON GIDDENS ON TOUR

Mar 20 Tennessee Theater* Knoxville, TN
Mar 21&22 Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN
Mar 27 Ryman Auditorium** Nashville, TN
     
Apr 25–27 Jazz at Lincoln Center** New York ,NY
     
May 16 Meyerhoff Symphony Hall^ Baltimore, MD
May 22-25 Symphony Hall^^ Boston, MA
     
Jul 11 Auburn Public Theater Auburn, NY
Jul 12 Hillside Festival Guelph Eramosa, ON
Jul 14 Green River Festival Greenfield, MA
Jul 25 Chautauqua Amphitheater†† Chautauqua, NY
     

*Lucy Negro Redux
** Country Music: A Celebration of the Film by Ken Burns
^ w/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
^^ w/Boston Pops
† w/Francesco Turrisi
†† Our Native Daugthers


RHIANNON GIDDENS ON TOUR WITH FRANCESCO TURRISI

Aug 23 Fayetteville Roots Festival Fayetteville, AR
     
Sep 8 The Long Road Lutterworth, UNITED KINGDOM
     
Sep 19 Alys Stephens Center Birmingham, AL
Sep 20 City Winery Atlanta, GA
Sep 21 City Winery Nashville, TN
Sep 23 McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square Charlotte, NC
Sep 25 North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh, NC
Sep 26 Kennedy Center Terrace Theater Washington, DC
Sep 27 McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ
Sep 28 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
Sep 29 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, VT
Oct 1 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield, ME
Oct 2 The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Harbor, ME
Oct 3 Sanders Theatre Cambridge, MA
Oct 4 Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY
Oct 19 Pico Union Project Los Angeles, CA
Oct 23 The Kent Stage Kent, OH
Oct 25 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
Oct 26 City Winery Chicago, IL
Oct 27 City Winery Chicago, IL
Oct 29 Buskirk-Chumley Theater Bloomington, IN
Oct 30 The Englert Theatre Iowa City, IA
Oct 31 The Dakota Minneapolis, MN
Nov 1 The Dakota Minneapolis, MN
Nov 2&3 Stoughton Opera House Stoughton, WI
     
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