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  • Friday, January 29, 2021
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    Portuguese singer Mariza celebrates the twentieth anniversary of her career and the centenary of the late Queen of Fado, Amália Rodrigues, with Mariza Sings Amália, her first full album of classics, now available in the US on CD and digitally from Nonesuch Records, with the vinyl to follow on April 30. Mariza celebrates the album release with a livestreamed performance of Amália Rodrigues' music as part of The Town Hall’s The Voice. A Voz. series tonight. “The ten covers of songs once sung by Amália on this regal tribute are utterly glorious," exclaims Songlines in a five-star review. "Backed by gorgeous orchestral arrangements by Brazil’s Jaques Morelenbaum, she invests these classic fados with a rich and characterful wisdom that is somehow reverential and innovative at the same time.”

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021
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    Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor—two-thirds of the Staves—shared some records that have influenced their music and have been part of their lives with Rough Trade NYC's Transmissions series on Instagram, including favorites by The Beatles, Kate Bush, CSNY and others. You can see what they've picked and what they had to say about them below.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video Web
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021
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    While most of us can't go out to take in great live music, here are some events taking place online to enjoy while staying home this weekend: On Friday, Mariza sings the music of Amália Rodrigues for NYC's Town Hall from Portugal, Vagabon performs from a decked-out Boulevard Studios in LA, and Jeremy Denk performs Bach for Emory University's Schwartz Center. On Sunday, Chris Thile leads his master class, Caroline Shaw and Attacca Quartet perform for Miami's IlluminArts from NYC, and Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi perform for Celtic Connections from Ireland.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021
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    Lake Street Dive has released an acoustic performance video of "Nobody's Stopping You Now," the new single from their upcoming album, Obviously, out March 12. In the video, which you can watch here, lead vocalist Rachael Price performs the song—a letter of encouragement to her teenaged self—"on a beautiful remote island off the western coast of Canada" in the garden of her friend Elise Boer, who, with Adam Iredale-Gray, joins on strings.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, January 25, 2021
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    Mandy Patinkin was on NPR’s quiz show Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me, answering host Peter Sagal and the panel's hard-hitting questions with his wife Kathryn Grody, talking about his new TikTok fame, duetting with Mo Rocca on music from Evita, and reciting a certain line from The Princess Bride. You can play along here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Friday, January 22, 2021
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    Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw's second Nonesuch album, Narrow Sea, is out now. Shaw wrote the album's title piece, for Sō Percussion, Dawn Upshaw, and Gilbert Kalish, who perform it here: five parts, each a new setting of a text from The Sacred Harp, the 19th-century collection of shape-note hymns. Video for all five parts of the piece can be seen here. Also on the album is Sō Percussion's performance of Shaw's Taxidermy, which she wrote for the ensemble.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, January 22, 2021
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    Sam Amidon’s self-titled album, released digitally and on CD in October, is now available on blueberry-marble vinyl. On the album, which Amidon produced and considers the fullest realization to date of his artistic vision, he performs radical reworkings of mostly traditional folk songs with his frequent band, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro, along with saxophonist and label mate Sam Gendel, guitarist Bert Cools, bassist Ruth Goller, and Amidon’s wife, Beth Orton, who adds vocals on three songs.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Thursday, January 21, 2021
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    The Staves have released "Devotion," the fourth and final track to be shared ahead of the February 5 release of their new album, Good Woman. "Devotion" follows the previously released album tracks "Satisfied," "Trying," and "Good Woman." "This song came from a feeling of being totally at the mercy of someone else," the Staves say of the new track. "Being a passenger and never a driver in any situation. Being blinded by devotion and unable to navigate the way out."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday, January 14, 2021
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    Composer Caroline Shaw's new album, Narrow Sea, featuring Sō Percussion, Dawn Upshaw, and Gilbert Kalish's performance of the title piece—five parts, each a new setting of a text from The Sacred Harp, the 19th-century collection of shape-note hymns—is due next Friday, January 22, on Nonesuch. Here, the artists talk with writer Matthew Guerrieri about the album, which also includes Sō Percussion's performance of Shaw's Taxidermy. Find out why she tells Guerrieri: "I was telling a friend, half-jokingly, that, in a lot of my music, I’m trying to figure out a way to talk about death and mortality, or think about it."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday, January 14, 2021
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    Composer Adam Guettel's theatrical song cycle Myths and Hymns, the recording of which was released on Nonesuch in 1999, is the central project of MasterVoices' 2020–21 season. In an online staging conceived by the ensemble's Artist Director, Ted Sperling—the music director of the original Nonesuch recording—new short musical films will illustrate the protagonist’s exploration of Flight, Work, Love, and Faith over twenty-three episodes. The first chapter—featuring dozens of artists, including Julia Bullock, Renée Fleming, Norm Lewis, Joshua Henry, José Llana, and Kelli O'Hara—premiered last night and can be seen here. The three subsequent chapters will stream on February 24, April 14, and May 26.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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    Lake Street Dive's new album, Obviously, will be released March 12 on Nonesuch. The album was produced by Mike Elizondo, a songwriting collaborator for Dr. Dre, Eminem, and 50 Cent and record producer for Fiona Apple and Mary J. Blige, among others. "Mike encouraged us to make bolder arrangement choices, take those chances and try those things," says bassist Bridget Kearney. "The record really is a success in what we set out to do: continue to challenge ourselves, continue to grow, and do things we’ve never done before." A new single, “Nobody’s Stopping You Now,” is out now, as is the previously released track "Making Do"; you can watch videos for both here. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include a limited-edition, autographed print while supplies last.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021
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    Rhiannon Giddens spoke with North Carolina singer-songwriter and social activist Laurelyn Dossett for the Blue Ridge Music Center's new online series A Place in the Band: Women in Bluegrass & American Roots Music. In the ten-part series, a partnership with The Bluegrass Situation, Dossett speaks with women in the music business about people who have inspired them, issues they've encountered specific to women in the industry, and changes they've seen over the years. You can watch the conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video

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