- Friday, June 2, 2023
Natalie Merchant performs two sold-out shows at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in NYC backed by The Knights orchestra. John Adams conducts The Death of Klinghoffer in Amsterdam, broadcast on NPO Klassiek. Laurie Anderson launches European tour at Primavera Sound in Barcelona. Julia Bullock joins Kansas City Symphony for Mahler and more. Yussef Dayes tours mid-Atlantic. Hurray for the Riff Raff performs at Natural History Museum in LA. Cécile McLorin Salvant is in Utrecht. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway open for Dierks Bentley in Michigan and Ohio, then head to Kentucky.
- Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Molly Tuttle and her band Golden Highway—Bronwyn Keith-Hynes on fiddle, Dominick Leslie on mandolin, Shelby Means on bass, and Kyle Tuttle on banjo—perform "El Dorado," from their upcoming album, City of Gold, live in a new video. The video was directed by Michael Kessler at Sound Emporium Studio A in Nashville, where the new album was recorded. You can watch it here.Journal Topics: Artist News, VideoFriday, May 12, 2023
Emmylou Harris’s second Nonesuch album, Stumble Into Grace, was released on September 23, 2003. Ahead of its twentieth anniversary, Nonesuch releases the album on vinyl for the first time, in a limited cream-colored vinyl edition, out now. On this, her second consecutive album of original material, following her Nonesuch debut album, Red Dirt Girl, Harris is joined by guests like Linda Ronstadt, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Gillian Welch, Jane Siberry, Buddy Miller, Daniel Lanois, and Malcolm Burn, who produced the record.Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News, VideoFriday, May 12, 2023
Rhiannon Giddens concludes a UK tour with Francesco Turrisi and a banner week at Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Birmingham Town Hall, and Saffron Hall in Essex. Thomas Adès leads Ballet Opéra de Paris in The Dante Project. Sam Amidon is in Galway and Belfast. Hurray for the Riff Raff is in Santa Barbara. Kronos Quartet gives French premiere of Terry Riley's Sun Rings at Philharmonie de Paris. Makaya McCraven is in Queens for Outline Festival. Brad Mehldau Trio is in Stockholm. Natalie Merchant sings in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway play the North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival.Friday, May 12, 2023
Laurie Anderson is on The Pitchfork Review podcast. The episode features her conversation with Pitchfork Editor-in-Chief Puja Patel, Kim Gordon, and writer/editor Sinéad Gleeson from the Chicago Humanities Festival in May 2022. They discuss This Woman’s Work, an essay anthology edited by Gordon and Gleeson, which includes a piece about Anderson, and more. You can hear their conversation here.Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Makaya McCraven, who performs at the Knockdown Center in Queens, NY, this Saturday as part of the Outline Festival, is the guest on the latest episode of the International Anthem Podcast. McCraven spoke with host Ayana Contreras from his Chicago home about the reception of his acclaimed new album, In These Times, and revisits the concepts, intentions, growth, and changes the work encompassed along his decade-long journey of making it. You can hear their conversation here.Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Composer/pianist Timo Andres is on The Next Track podcast to talk about a number of contemporary classical pieces, including those on his own Nonesuch albums Home Stretch and Shy and Mighty, Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, Morton Feldman’s Piano and String Quartet, Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, Terry Riley’s In C, and works by Cage, Messiaen, Pärt, Rzewski, Takemitsu, and Sufjan Stevens. You can hear it here.Tuesday, May 9, 2023Rhiannon Giddens Announces First Solo Album in Six Years, You’re the One, out August 18 on Nonesuch Records
Rhiannon Giddens’ You’re the One, her third solo studio album and her first of all original songs, is due August 18. This collection of twelve tunes written over the course of her career bursts with life-affirming energy, drawing from the folk music she knows so deeply and its pop descendants. The album was produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Alicia Keys, Valerie June) and recorded in Miami with a ten- to twelve-person ensemble including Giddens’ closest musical collaborators from the past decade and a horn section. The lone featured guest on the album is Jason Isbell on "Yet to Be." The album's title track is out today; you can watch the lyric video here. Giddens will lead the biggest headlining shows of her career to celebrate the album's release.Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News, On Tour, VideoMonday, May 8, 2023
Congratulations to Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, who have won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize in Music for their opera Omar. Based on the life and autobiography of enslaved Muslim scholar Omar Ibn Said, who was forcefully brought to Charleston from Africa in 1807, Omar premiered at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston in May 2022 and has been performed by LA Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Boston Lyric Opera; it will be performed by San Francisco Opera in November.Journal Topics: Artist NewsMonday, May 8, 2023
“We have this tendency to group ourselves, but then we also have this ability—through music, through dance, through food—to come together and make something new,” Rhiannon Giddens says on the PBS mini-series The Articulate Hour hosted by Jim Cotter. The episode delves into humans' contrasting needs for community and solitude and includes a conversation with Giddens and performances by her and Francesco Turrisi. You can watch it here, along with the second episode of her own PBS series My Music with Rhiannon Giddens, with guest Allison Russell.Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, VideoMonday, May 8, 2023
Molly Tuttle stopped by Garden & Gun in Charleston to perform a Back Porch Session for the magazine. She is joined by Golden Highway band member Kyle Tuttle on banjo to perform “Where Did All the Wild Things Go?,” from their upcoming album, City of Gold, and three songs from their Grammy-winning debut album, Crooked Tree: the title track, “Dooley’s Farm,” and “Over the Line.” You can watch it here.Journal Topics: Artist News, VideoFriday, May 5, 2023
Cécile McLorin Salvant's new album, Mélusine, released last month on CD and digitally, is now available on vinyl worldwide here. The album features a mix of five originals and interpretations of nine songs, dating as far back as the twelfth century, mostly sung in French along with Occitan, English, and Haitian Kreyòl. "Anyone who thinks they already know the full extent of Cécile McLorin Salvant's artistry should listen to Mélusine without further delay," exclaims Jazzwise. "It's a remarkable recording in several respects. Beautifully recorded, Salvant continues to confound and delight at every turn."Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist NewsFriday, May 5, 2023
Mary Halvorson, Caroline Shaw & Sō Percussion, and Tyondai Braxton perform at Bang on a Can's Long Play Festival in Brooklyn. Hurray for the Riff Raff and Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway are at New Orleans Jazz Fest. Kronos Quartet leads a 50 for the Future Weekend in Amsterdam. Cécile McLorin Salvant is in residence at SFJAZZ, streaming live tonight. Opéra National de Paris performs Thomas Adès' Dante. Sam Amidon is in Finland. The Black Keys headline Beachlife Festival in CA. Julia Bullock sings Messiaen in Belgium and Germany. Brad Mehldau Trio plays JazzFest Bonn. Sarah Kirkland Snider's Mass for the Endangered is performed in NYC.