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Rhiannon Giddens's new album, there is no Other, made with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi and produced by Joe Henry, is out now. "This is acoustic roots music at its most glorious," exclaims Uncut, "and Giddens is fast becoming the genre’s brightest star in the firmament." "Wonderful," the Guardian declares in its five-star review, naming it Folk Album of the Month. Giddens and Turrisi will tour with music from the album all year, including a newly announced European tour. A two-LP vinyl edition, with four additional tracks, will be released on September 13 and is available to pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store with an exclusive, limited-edition autographed print.

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Rhiannon Giddens's latest album, there is no Other, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, is out now 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. Giddens and Turrisi will tour with music from the album all year, including a newly announced European tour; see below for a full list of dates.

The pick up a copy of there is no Other, head to your local music shop, iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. The album can also be heard at Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital service providers. A two-LP vinyl edition, which includes four additional tracks, expanded liner notes, and new photos from the recording session, will be released on September 13 and is available to pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store with an exclusive, limited-edition autographed print.

"This is acoustic roots music at its most glorious," exclaims Uncut, "and Giddens is fast becoming the genre’s brightest star in the firmament."

"Wonderful," the Guardian declares in its five-star review, naming it Folk Album of the Month. "For an album recorded in only five days, it wallops with impact. Giddens is going supernova, and it’s a blistering thing."

The Times of London four-star review says: "A starkly beautiful album that resonates with an ancient, enduring soulfulness."

The four-and-a-half-star review in the Sun says: "How better to frame Giddens’ stunning vocals than the subtle textures of Turrisi. Recorded over five heady days in Dublin, their ravishing collaboration proves a telling realization of 'less is more.'"

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.

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 WITH FRANCESCO TURRISI (except where noted)

May 16 Meyerhoff Symphony Hall* Baltimore, MD
May 19 Church of the Covenant Presbyterian** Greensboro, NC
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 22 Kenan Auditorium, UNCW^^ Wilmington, NC
Jul 23 Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Westport, CT
Jul 24 National Museum of African American History Wilmington, NC
Jul 25 Chautauqua Amphitheater Chautauqua, NY
Jul 26 The Egg Albany, NY
Jul 27 Great Waters Festival Wolfeboro, NH
Jul 28 Newport Folk Festival (Sold Out)† Newport, RI
     
Aug 23 Fayetteville Roots Festival Fayetteville, AR
     
Sep 8 The Long Road Lutterworth, UK
     
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
     
Nov 22 Royal Festival Hall, London Jazz Festival London, UK
Nov 23 St Georges Church Brighton, UK
Nov 24 The Anvil Basingstoke, UK
Nov 26 Forum Bath, UK
Nov 27 Opera House Buxton, UK
Nov 28 Grand Central Liverpool, UK
Nov 29 The Sage Gateshead, UK
Dec 1 Usher Hall Edinburgh, UK
Dec 3 TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, NETHERLANDS
Dec 4 Fabrik Hamburg, GERMANY
Dec 5 Central Station Darmstadt, GERMANY
Dec 7 Kulturkirche Cologne, GERMANY
Dec 8 Het Depot Leuven, BELGIUM
Dec 9 Café de la Danse Paris, FRANCE
Dec 10 De Duif Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
     

* Rhiannon Giddens w/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
** Rhiannon Giddens in Songs of Peace and Community to benefit The Experiential School of Greensboro
^ Rhiannon Giddens w/Boston Pops
^^ Lost Love Song w/Regina Carter, John Jeremiah Sullivan
† Rhiannon Giddens w/Our Native Daugthers

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Rhiannon Giddens: "there is no Other" [cd, vinyl pkgs]
  • Friday, May 3, 2019
    Rhiannon Giddens's New Album with Francesco Turrisi, "there is no Other," Out Now on Nonesuch Records; Vinyl Available to Pre-Order

    Rhiannon Giddens's latest album, there is no Other, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, is out now 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. Giddens and Turrisi will tour with music from the album all year, including a newly announced European tour; see below for a full list of dates.

    The pick up a copy of there is no Other, head to your local music shop, iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. The album can also be heard at Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital service providers. A two-LP vinyl edition, which includes four additional tracks, expanded liner notes, and new photos from the recording session, will be released on September 13 and is available to pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store with an exclusive, limited-edition autographed print.

    "This is acoustic roots music at its most glorious," exclaims Uncut, "and Giddens is fast becoming the genre’s brightest star in the firmament."

    "Wonderful," the Guardian declares in its five-star review, naming it Folk Album of the Month. "For an album recorded in only five days, it wallops with impact. Giddens is going supernova, and it’s a blistering thing."

    The Times of London four-star review says: "A starkly beautiful album that resonates with an ancient, enduring soulfulness."

    The four-and-a-half-star review in the Sun says: "How better to frame Giddens’ stunning vocals than the subtle textures of Turrisi. Recorded over five heady days in Dublin, their ravishing collaboration proves a telling realization of 'less is more.'"

    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.

    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 WITH FRANCESCO TURRISI (except where noted)

    May 16 Meyerhoff Symphony Hall* Baltimore, MD
    May 19 Church of the Covenant Presbyterian** Greensboro, NC
    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 22 Kenan Auditorium, UNCW^^ Wilmington, NC
    Jul 23 Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Westport, CT
    Jul 24 National Museum of African American History Wilmington, NC
    Jul 25 Chautauqua Amphitheater Chautauqua, NY
    Jul 26 The Egg Albany, NY
    Jul 27 Great Waters Festival Wolfeboro, NH
    Jul 28 Newport Folk Festival (Sold Out)† Newport, RI
         
    Aug 23 Fayetteville Roots Festival Fayetteville, AR
         
    Sep 8 The Long Road Lutterworth, UK
         
    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
         
    Nov 22 Royal Festival Hall, London Jazz Festival London, UK
    Nov 23 St Georges Church Brighton, UK
    Nov 24 The Anvil Basingstoke, UK
    Nov 26 Forum Bath, UK
    Nov 27 Opera House Buxton, UK
    Nov 28 Grand Central Liverpool, UK
    Nov 29 The Sage Gateshead, UK
    Dec 1 Usher Hall Edinburgh, UK
    Dec 3 TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, NETHERLANDS
    Dec 4 Fabrik Hamburg, GERMANY
    Dec 5 Central Station Darmstadt, GERMANY
    Dec 7 Kulturkirche Cologne, GERMANY
    Dec 8 Het Depot Leuven, BELGIUM
    Dec 9 Café de la Danse Paris, FRANCE
    Dec 10 De Duif Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
         

    * Rhiannon Giddens w/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
    ** Rhiannon Giddens in Songs of Peace and Community to benefit The Experiential School of Greensboro
    ^ Rhiannon Giddens w/Boston Pops
    ^^ Lost Love Song w/Regina Carter, John Jeremiah Sullivan
    † Rhiannon Giddens w/Our Native Daugthers

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