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  • Wednesday, July 19, 2023

    Portuguese fado singer Carminho's new, self-produced album, Portuguesa, released to critical acclaim earlier this year, is due for release in the US on CD and vinyl August 18, ahead of a fall North American tour. The sixth album of Carminho’s career, Portuguesa features fourteen compositions, including several of her own songs as well as those of other writers, including traditional fado songs, through which she explores various combinations within the canons, reimagining the form.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News, On Tour
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2023

    Rhiannon Giddens is a host of the new PBS conversation series Arts Talk, which premieres today, with all episodes available to stream now on PBS.org and the PBS app. Giddens welcomes singer, songwriter, and producer Elvis Costello and actor and singer Brian Stokes Mitchell as her guests on the show to discuss their careers and share personal memories. You can watch them here. Guests on other episodes are Seal, Min Jin Lee, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Jimmy Kimmel, and Twyla Tharp in interviews led by Misty Copeland, Henry Winkler, and Ann Curry.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, Video
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2023

    Kronos Quartet’s acclaimed 1995 album Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass gets its first-ever vinyl release on November 3, available to pre-order now, to coincide with Kronos Quartet: Five Decades, a year-long celebration of the quartet’s 50th anniversary. The two-LP set, produced by the composer, Judith Sherman, and Kurt Munkacsi, features violinists David Harrington and John Sherba, violist Hank Dutt, and cellist Joan Jeanrenaud performing quartets No. 2 (Company) (1983), No. 3 (Mishima) (1985), No. 4 (Buczak) (1990), and No. 5 (1991), the first piece Glass wrote for Kronos. “It contains some of Glass's best music since Koyaanisqatsi,” said the New York Times. “His ear for sumptuous string sonorities is undeniable.” The Washington Post called it “an ideal combination of composer and performers.”

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News, On Tour
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2023

    Pianist Jeremy Denk is on Speaking Soundly, a podcast in which host and MET Opera Principal Trumpet David Krauss talks with fellow performers about their creative process and lives as artists, to discuss his acclaimed memoir, Every Good Boy Does Fine, share lessons he learned from numerous piano teachers over the years, and more. You can hear their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Podcast
  • Monday, July 17, 2023

    David Byrne and Here Lies Love Broadway cast members Lea Salonga, Arielle Jacobs, and Jose Llana gave CBS Sunday Morning a behind-the-scenes look at the production, which has its official Opening Night at the Broadway Theatre in NYC this Thursday. They spoke with correspondent Elaine Quijano about the immersive disco pop musical based on the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos and the People Power Revolution of the Philippines, featuring music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim. You can watch the piece here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, Video
  • Friday, July 14, 2023

    The Magnetic Fields are at World Café Live in Philadelphia and the new DC venue The Atlantis. Joachim Cooder is at the Vancouver Folk Festival. Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi join Christian McBride at Pori Jazz Festival in Finland. Hurray for the Riff Raff tours the Midwest, in Madison, Kalamazoo, and Cleveland. Gabriel Kahane performs in Caroline Shaw's backyard in Portland. Brad Mehldau Trio is in France for Jazz à Juan. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway are in Idaho and at Under the Big Sky in Montana.

    Journal Topics: On Tour, Weekend Events
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2023

    Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer Yussef Dayes returns with two new singles, “Marching Band,” featuring Jamaican-American singer/saxophonist Masego, and “Tioga Pass,” featuring longtime collaborator and bass guitarist Rocco Palladino, both from his upcoming debut solo album, Black Classical Music, due September 8. You can watch visualizers for both tracks here. The arrival of new music is paired with the announcement of Dayes’ month-long US autumn tour, starting in Brooklyn on November 16.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, On Tour
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023

    Wilco’s 2007 album Sky Blue Sky will be available in a limited-edition two-LP, sky-blue vinyl release on September 1. The Gold-selling album made year’s best lists from Rolling Stone, Uncut, Mojo, BBC Radio 6 Music, and more. “Near perfect,” said Spin. Featuring the band that was assembled after the release of 2004’s A ghost is born, Sky Blue Sky was the first studio album from a lineup that has remained the same to today: guitarist, singer, and principal songwriter Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, percussionist Glenn Kotche, keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, and avant-jazz guitarist Nels Cline.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Dance
  • Friday, July 7, 2023

    The 71st DownBeat Critics Poll results are in, and among the winners are Mary Halvorson, Cécile McLorin Salvant, and Rhiannon Giddens. Halvorson’s Nonesuch debut albums, Amaryllis & Belladonna, have been named Jazz Album of the Year, and Halvorson herself Guitarist of the Year; Salvant is Female Vocalist of the Year; and Giddens has won in the Beyond Artist or Group field.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, July 7, 2023

    Julia Bullock joins Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hilary Hahn, and conductor Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood. The Black Keys are in Spain and Greece. Sam Gendel tours Japan with Festival Fruezinho. Emmylou Harris headlines Winnipeg Folk Festival. Brad Mehldau Trio plays Kongsberg and North Sea Jazz fests. Natalie Merchant joins Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra upstate. Cécile McLorin Salvant is in the Catskills. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway are at Blissfest in Harbor Springs, MI.

    Journal Topics: On Tour, Weekend Events
  • Thursday, July 6, 2023

    The nominations for the Edison Klassiek and Jazz Awards in the Netherlands have been announced, including four Nonesuch recordings: Julia Bullock’s Walking in the Dark for Solo Vocal in the Klassiek awards; Mary Halvorson’s Belladonna and Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade’s LongGone for Jazz International Instrumental; and Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Mélusine for Jazz International Vocal—the award she won last year for her Nonesuch debut album, Ghost Song.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, July 5, 2023

    Hurray for the Riff Raff, aka Alynda Segarra, begins a two-week, full-band headline tour of the US next week with support from Squirrel Flower followed by a week-long duo acoustic tour of the UK with support from Katie Malco. It all starts with a show at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville July 12, followed by concerts in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Delaware, DC, Kentucky, Iowa, and Missouri, as well as sets at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, La Fête de Marquette in Wisconsin, and the Calgary Folk Festival. The UK tour kicks off with a sold-out show at Omeara in London on August 11, followed by shows in Oxford, Hebden Bridge, Manchester, and Brighton. Segarra then heads to Norway for sets at the Pstereo and Parken festivals. 

     

    Journal Topics: Artist News, On Tour