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  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024
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  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    A recording of the current Tony-nominated Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical will be released digitally via Nonesuch on May 31. A sneak peek of two album tracks—“Chicago (Reprise)” and “The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!”—is available here. The new work features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, a book by Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury, and direction and choreography by Peck, with new arrangements by Timo Andres and music supervision and direction by Nathan Koci. Details of the CD and LP release date coming soon. The New York Times exclaims: “The vocalists do not seem to sing so much as pour emotion into our ears.” Variety says: “A thrilling, genre-defying Broadway musical brings the Sufjan Stevens album to lyrical life.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    The Black Keys were on the season finale of NBC's The Voice to perform "Beautiful People (Stay High)," from their new album, Ohio Players. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, Video
  • Monday, May 20, 2024

    Rachael & Vilray are on the latest episode of the PBS series Poetry in America, focused on Frank O'Hara's "Steps," from his Lunch Poems. They join host Elisa New, choreographer Mark Morris, and poets Terrance Hayes, Robert Pinsky, Todd Colby, and Eileen Myles to read and discuss the poem, an ode to New York City art and dance. You can watch the episode, which also features original music cues performed by Vilray and a band, here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, Video
  • Friday, May 17, 2024

    The Staves stopped by the NPR offices in Washington, DC, while on tour to perform a Tiny Desk Concert of four songs from their new album, All Now: the title track, "Fundamental Memory," "I'll Never Leave You Alone," and "So Gracefully." "The Tiny Desk setting perfectly illuminates the power and talent of their voices," says NPR's Kara Frame. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Friday, May 17, 2024

    The original cast album of Adam Guettel’s Broadway musical Days of Wine and Roses, with a book by Craig Lucas, starring Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James, is now available on CD, following its recent digital release. “Repeated listenings compound the amazement,” the New York Times says of Guettel’s work, which “has always offered that kind of challenge—initially leaving a feeling of: Beautiful, but wait, I need to hear it again—and those up for it have a way of coming away shining like Moses down from the Mount. The new score has the same effect.” Guettel, O'Hara, and d'Arcy James—all of whom have been nominated for Tony Awards for Days of Wine and Roses—will sign copies of the CD at the Drama Book Shop in NYC this Wednesday, May 22.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Friday, May 17, 2024

    Brad Mehldau is in Bochum, Germany, both with Bochum Symphony Orchestra and solo. Hurray for the Riff Raff is in London and Paris. John Adams' El Niño concludes at The Met Opera in NYC with Julia Bullock and Davóne Tines. Sam Amidon tours Ireland. Jeremy Denk joins New Jersey Symphony. Kronos Quartet is in Zurich. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway are at FreshGrass Bentonville, then start a five-city Texas tour. Yasmin Williams is in Raleigh.

    Journal Topics: On Tour, Weekend Events
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024

    "The winner of five Grammy Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Music, John Adams is one of America's greatest and most performed living composers," BBC Radio 4's This Cultural Life host John Wilson says of his guest. They talk about Adams' life, work, and the influence of Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, Steve Reich, Charles Dickens, the state of California, and more. You can hear their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Radio
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024

    Brad Mehldau stopped by for the Nonesuch Selects video series, in which artists visit the Nonesuch office, pick some of their favorite albums from the music library, and share a few words on their choices. He chose recordings by Richard Goode, Dawn Upshaw, Adam Guettel, Kronos Quartet, and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Nonesuch Selects, Video
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024

    "There is a dreamy, hard-to-place quality to the sound of MESTIZX," WNYC Studios' New Sounds host John Schaefer says of Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti and Frank Rosaly's new album, which sets the tone for the latest episode of the show, focused on songs from the Caribbean and South America that "mix cultures and styles and instruments." There are tracks from MESTIZX; Gustavo Santaolalla's acclaimed 1998 album Ronroco, recently released on vinyl for the first time; Gaby Kerpel's 2003 Santaolalla-produced Nonesuch album, Carnabailito; and more. You can hear it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Podcast
  • Monday, May 13, 2024

    Congratulations to Cécile McLorin Salvant, Darcy James Argue, Mary Halvorson, and Ambrose Akinmusire, who have all won the Jazz Journalists Association's 2024 JJA Jazz Awards: Salvant for Female Vocalist of the Year, Argue for Arranger of the Year, Halvorson for Guitarist of the Year, and Akinmusire for Trumpeter of the Year.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Monday, May 13, 2024

    Molly Tuttle performed a set of two songs from her and her band Golden Highway’s album City of Gold—“Alice in the Bluegrass” and “Evergreen, OK”—plus a cover of Jefferson Airplane's “White Rabbit," for Paste from MerleFest 2024. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, On Tour, Video
  • Friday, May 10, 2024

    Brad Mehldau’s After Bach II and Après Fauré are out now on Nonesuch Records. The Bach album comprises four preludes and one fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, as well as the Allemande from the fourth Partita, interspersed with seven compositions or improvisations by Mehldau inspired by the complementary works of Bach—including Mehldau’s Variations on Bach’s Goldberg Theme. On Après Fauré, Mehldau performs four nocturnes, from a thirty-seven-year span of Gabriel Fauré’s career, as well as a reduction of an excerpt from the Adagio movement of his Piano Quartet in G Minor. Here Mehldau’s four compositions that Fauré inspired are presented in a group, bookended by two sections featuring the French composer’s works.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News