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  • Thursday, May 2, 2024

    "One of my favorite music labels has a momentous birthday: Nonesuch Records is turning 60 this year," says Deepa Fernandes, co-host of NPR's Here & Now, who spoke with Nonesuch President David Bither to mark the occasion. "Nonesuch has likely influenced your musical diet even if you didn't know it." "It's very hard to say what is a Nonesuch record," Bither says. "It's not a particular genre, but maybe it represents a particular kind of ambition and originality. There's a passionate audience for the music we've tried to champion." You can hear their conversation and several musical selections from over the years here.

    Journal Topics: News, Radio, Staff
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2024

    Rhiannon Giddens and her band were on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night to perform "You Louisiana Man," from her new album, You're the One. You can watch it here. The second season of her PBS show My Music with Rhiannon Giddens premieres today with pipa virtuoso Wu Man as her guest. You can watch that here as well.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, Video
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024

    Congratulations to Days of Wine and Roses and Here Lies Love on their Tony Awards nominations. Days of Wine and Roses is up for Best Original Score for Adam Guettel, Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Kelli O'Hara, and Best Leading Actor in a Musical for Brian d'Arcy James, as well as Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and a Drama League awards. Here Lies Love is up for Tonys for Best Original Score for David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Best Sound Design of a Musical for M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for David Korins, and Best Choreography for Annie-B Parson, as well as Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards. And kudos to Timo Andres, who is up for both Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Orchestrations for Illinoise.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024

    Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion have released "To Music," a new track from their upcoming album, Rectangles and Circumstance, due June 14 on Nonesuch. You can watch the video, directed by Robert Edridge-Waks with photography by Daniel Kukla, here. Shaw and Sō co-wrote and performed the ten songs on the album, which they co-produced with Grammy-winning engineer Jonathan Low (The National, Taylor Swift).

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024

    "American composer, singer, songwriter, and sonic storyteller Gabriel Kahane uses a vast tapestry of musical styles to craft captivating works that illustrate and elevate the human experience," MET Opera Principal Trumpet and Speaking Soundly host David Krauss says of his guest. They discuss Kahane's life and music, including his latest album, 2022's Magnificent Bird. You can hear their conversation here. Gabriel Kahane kicks off a US tour with Council, his new duo with Pekka Kuusisto, in San Francisco on Friday, with stops in Oregon, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and New York City; they head to Australia in August.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Monday, April 29, 2024

    "Alynda Segarra is a great singer and songwriter who is also a keen observer of what's really going on out there," eTown host Nick Forster says of his guest, aka Hurray for the Riff Raff, "including struggles and oppression and injustice and drug addiction and also love and dancing and friendship and nature. It's another beautiful journey." Segarra made their debut on the show this weekend, accompanied by Johnny Wilson to perform songs from the new album The Past Is Still Alive and more, including a finale of "Midnight Special," with fellow guest Peter One. Segarra also spoke with Forster about their life, the new album, and more. You can watch the interview and performances here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Radio, Video
  • Monday, April 29, 2024

    Congratulations to Darcy James Argue, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Mary Halvorson, and Ambrose Akinmusire, who have all been nominated in the Jazz Journalists Association's 2024 JJA Jazz Awards: Argue for Composer of the Year, Arranger of the Year, Large Ensemble of the Year for Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, and Record of the Year for the group's Dynamic Maximum Tension; Salvant for Jazz Musician of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Record of the Year for Mélusine; Halvorson for Guitarist of the Year; and Akinmusire for Trumpeter of the Year. Winners will be announced on May 8.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, April 26, 2024

    The first recording of John Adams’ 2017 opera, Girls of the Golden West, is out now on Nonesuch. It tells the story of the California Gold Rush not through familiar time-worn myth, but in the words and deeds of real people. Longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars drew from original sources from the era—letters, journals, newspaper articles, and familiar song lyrics—to create the libretto. The composer leads the LA Phil in this recording made in Disney Hall, with the Los Angeles Master Chorale led by Grant Gershon and a cast featuring Davóne Tines, Julia Bullock, Paul Appleby, Hye Jung Lee, Elliot Madore, Daniela Mack, and Ryan McKinny.

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  • Friday, April 26, 2024

    The Library of Congress has acquired the collection of manuscripts, instruments, costumes, video and audio recordings, and more from Kronos Quartet and its non-profit organization, Kronos Performing Arts Association. “It’s gratifying to know that Kronos’ legacy will be preserved in perpetuity alongside the manuscripts and other treasures of so many other influential musicians from the US and around the world," said KPAA Executive Director Janet Cowperthwaite. "We are perhaps even more excited to reflect upon all the musicians and scholars who will have access to these materials in years to come, informing their own work and carrying Kronos’ inspiration and influence into the future.” The Library also appointed Kronos founder, artistic director, and violinist David Harrington as the Kluge Chair in Modern Culture and inducted Kronos’ 1992 album Pieces of Africa into the National Recording Registry.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, April 26, 2024

    John Adams's El Niño gets Met premiere in NYC with Julia Bullock and Davóne Tines. Sam Amidon and Nico Muhly are in London. Joachim Cooder tours Ireland. Rhiannon Giddens tours Arizona. Hurray for the Riff Raff performs at New Orleans Jazz Fest, as do Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, who also play in Alabama and Memphis. Nathalie Joachim joins Silkroad Ensemble at Oberlin. Kronos Quartet is at UCSB and UCLA. The Magnetic Fields perform 69 Love Songs in San Francisco. Mandy Patinkin is in Charlottesville, VA. Cécile McLorin Salvant tours France with orchestral arrangements by Darcy James Argue. Sarah Kirkland Snider's Mass for the Endangered is performed in Austin.

    Journal Topics: On Tour, Weekend Events
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024

    Vagabon (aka Laetitia Tamko) will support the band Crumb on tour this October. The shows begin in California—Santa Cruz, Oakland, and Sacramento—then head to Salt Lake City and Denver and on to Texas—Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and El Paso—and Albuquerque and back to California to close out the tour in Santa Ana, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, On Tour
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024

    The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, who kick off their International Players tour in Manchester, England, on Saturday, are on Sound Opinions to talk about their new album, Ohio Players, with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, who call them "one of the greatest rock acts to emerge in the 21st century." You can hear their conversation here. The hosts also review Hurray for the Riff Raff's new album, The Past Is Still Alive, calling it "one great tune after another."

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Podcast