- Friday, December 8, 2023
Guitarist Mary Halvorson joins pianist Sylvie Courvoisier at Jazz Gallery in NYC, where downtown, Punch Brothers continue their variety show at the Minetta Lane Theatre, with special guests Sylvan Esso and The A's (both of which include members of Mountain Man). Yasmin Williams in Tarrytown, NY, supporting Watchhouse, and Philadelphia, supporting Aoife O'Donovan. Yussef Dayes performs Black Classical Music in Miami. Jeremy Denk is in Boston. Vagabon takes West Coast tour to Seattle, Vancouver, and Portland.
- Friday, May 1, 2009
Nonesuch Records will release Malian singer Oumou Sangare’s first album in six years, Seya, in North America on June 9. Since its European release earlier this year, Seya has received critical acclaim from outlets including MOJO, The Times, Uncut, The Independent, and Observer Music Monthly, which calls the record “a masterpiece.” This summer, Sangare tours major festivals in support of the new record. You can watch a video of Oumou performing the title track at nonesuch.com/media.Journal Topics: Album ReleaseThursday, April 30, 2009
Rokia Traoré and Amadou & Mariam have been announced the winners of the inaugural Songlines Music Awards, created by Songlines magazine to recognize outstanding talent in world music. Rokia has won the Best Artist award, and Amadou & Mariam have been named Best Group. "This Songlines Award means a lot to me," says Rokia, "not just because it comes from a magazine I respect and one that has always been supportive of my music, but also because at this stage in my career it is an honor to still be recognized for my continued efforts to make my music better."Journal Topics: Artist NewsThursday, April 30, 2009Classic FM (UK): Richard Goode's New Beethoven Concertos Album Among the Works' "Benchmark Recordings"
Of Richard Goode, the Denver Post has written, "he might well be without equal when it comes to the music of Beethoven." Next week, Nonesuch Records will release Goode's first-ever recording of the complete Beethoven concertos, performed with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and conductor Iván Fischer. All this week, Britain's Classic FM is playing tracks from the set, which its Executive Producer calls "one of the best new CDs of the year so far," even more pointedly exclaiming: "I can safely say that this is going to become one of the benchmark recordings of these Beethoven masterpieces." The Independent gives the recording a perfect five stars.Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Voltaic, a very special CD/LP/DVD project from Björk, is set to be released in the US by Nonesuch Records on June 30, 2009. Available in five different physical configurations, it is a lovingly packaged celebration of the past two years of Björk’s Volta activities—her critically praised sixth studio album, which came out in 2007, and the subsequent two-year world tour. Voltaic serves as a coda to Volta, an album about which NME said “Volta is a thunderous return as enchanting as Debut,’’ while Q described it as “the best album that Björk has done in a decade—a reminder of what a vital force she is.”Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wilco has completed work on their forthcoming album, due out June 30 on Nonesuch Records, and, after much anticipation, it now comes complete with a title: Wilco (the album). "There’s a little something for everyone on the group’s new disc," says Rolling Stone. Wilco's performance at the New Orleans JazzFest last weekend was their last US gig till June, and, says Rolling Stone, "The band presented its friendliest, most rootsy face ... Throughout, the band’s movement from a whisper to a screech happened organically." "The fresh air favors Wilco," reports the Times-Picayune. "Jeff Tweedy and company delivered thrilling, nuanced sets ... [and] stamped an exclamation point on ... the day."Wednesday, April 29, 2009John Adams Awarded NEA Opera Honors; "Nixon in China" Canadian Premiere Set for Cultural Olympiad 2010
John Adams has been honored with the 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors. "This award represents the greatest honor our nation bestows in opera, and recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to opera in the United States and have become cultural treasures of the nation," says the NEA. Adams's first opera, Nixon in China, will receive its Canadian premiere with the Vancouver Opera next March for the Cultural Olympiad 2010. Also included in the Olympic Games' arts celebration are performances by Kronos Quartet and by Laurie Anderson.Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Allen Toussaint is back home in New Orleans and, as one would expect from the artist featured on the official JazzFest poster, playing a number of festival events, following the release of his new album, The Bright Mississippi. "You’re going to love this," says the Buffalo News of the new album in its four-star review. "Not to be missed." The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette gives the album an A, exclaiming, "Emotional, toetapping and richly spacious, this is one very cool album." Blurt says, "New Orleans could hardly ask for a better tribute."Tuesday, April 28, 2009Signature Theatre Inaugurates Sondheim Award; Times (UK) Talks to the 20th-Century Musical "Colossus"
Stephen Sondheim, in London recently for Trevor Nunn's revival of A Little Night Music, sat down for a revealing interview with The Times, which calls him "a one-off all right, a Colossus bestriding the second half of the 20th century." The composer was celebrated last night at a Washington, DC, gala concert, starring Bernadette Peters and Michael Cerveris, to benefit the Signature Theatre and inaugurate its Sondheim Award.Journal Topics: Artist NewsMonday, April 27, 2009
Nonesuch Records will release the self-titled label debut from singer-songwriter Christina Courtin on June 23. The New York Times says Courtin’s voice “feels uniquely otherworldly, as if it couldn’t possibly be entirely human born.” The album is co-produced by Courtin, a graduate of The Juilliard School; jazz bassist Greg Cohen; and her frequent band mate singer/guitarist Ryan Scott. Cohen and Scott also contribute bass and guitar to the recording. Several acclaimed musicians join them, including keyboardist Benmont Tench, drummer Jim Keltner, pedal-steel player Greg Leisz, Punch Brothers violinist Gabe Witcher, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion.Friday, April 24, 2009
The Black Keys play Midwest fests after being "one of the most impressive sets of the weekend" (JamBase) at Coachella ... Alarm Will Sound, St. Lawrence String Quartet play Adams ... David Byrne plays the Iberian peninsula ... Toumani Diabaté's in Vermont ... Richard Goode plays Bach in Albuquerque ... Emmylou Harris, Carolina Chocolate Drops meet up at MerleFest ... Kronos leads Riley's In C at Carnegie ... k.d. lang's in Vermont too ... The Low Anthem plays a hometown set, and in Vermont ... Joshua Redman takes Trio to Tokyo ... eighth blackbird plays Reich's Pulitzer Prize-winning piece in LA ... Allen Toussaint heads home to play New Orleans ... Dawn Upshaw sings Golijov in St. Paul ... Sara Watkins plays Philly and DC ... Wilco jam at New Orleans JazzFest ... and more ...Friday, April 24, 2009
Terry Riley's groundbreaking Minimalist masterwork In C turns a remarkable 45 years young this year. To celebrate, Kronos Quartet has gathered about 60 performers, many of whom participated in the piece's premiere in San Francisco in 1964, to join them and the composer to perform the work in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium for the first time. Playbill calls the piece "the minimalist musical be-in that altered the course of music history." New York magazine says, "Carnegie Hall’s extravaganza should yield a rich, polychrome stew of sound."Friday, April 24, 2009
The Low Anthem joins an all–Rhode Islander line-up for a hometown gig at Providence's Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel tonight, with touring partner Elvis Perkins in Dearland and Deer Tick. The Providence Journal writes that all three bands "have all spent significant time in the Ocean State, and they’re all riding a wave of critical and professional success. Of the three, The Low Anthem may have the most to brag about," after being "a hit at last month’s SXSW conference" and signing to Nonesuch. MOJO has booked the band for a special set in London and writes, "Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, with its meld of lush Americana and blues stompers, is already set to be one of the key new releases of 2009."