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  • Monday, June 8, 2009

    Nonesuch releases Pulitzer Prize–winning composer John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony on July 28, 2009. A purely instrumental work, the piece is drawn from Adams’s opera Doctor Atomic. David Robertson conducts the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra on this recording. Said the New York Times: "[T]he score invites you to hear the music—driving passages with pounding timpani, quizzically restrained lyrical flights, bursts of skittish fanfares—on its own terms, apart from its dramatic context." Also on the album is Adams’ 2001 piece, Guide to Strange Places.

    Journal Topics: Album Release
  • Monday, June 8, 2009

    Amadou & Mariam have made their way to NYC after playing a sold-out set at Boston's Paradise Rock Club on Saturday. While in New York to perform at Webster Hall tonight, the Malian couple will stop by the set of NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where they'll be joined by members of The Roots in performing a song off Welcome to Mali. The show airs tonight starting at 12:35 AM ET. The tour heads next to Philly, and then outside DC. The Washington Post Express calls the new album "the type of record that is so joyous and positive that it feels like it could bring together warring factions ... but it's really more of a sonic Evite to explore the diverse country in Northwest Africa."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Television
  • Monday, June 8, 2009

    Steve Reich is set to join famed German electronic-music pioneers Kraftwerk as the special guest in a sold-out show marking the Opening Night of the 2009 Manchester International Festival on July 2. The concert will feature the world premiere of Reich’s 2x5, led by the composer and performed by Bang on a Can. The Festival has teamed up with Boosey & Hawkes, Steve Reich's publisher, for a unique opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the sold-out event and accommodations through a contest on Twitter @SteveReich.

    Journal Topics: On Tour Web
  • Friday, June 5, 2009

    Youssou N'Dour performances, film at BAM ... Amadou & Mariam make music in Montreal, Boston ... Laurie Anderson comes to Colorado Imagination Fair ... The Black Keys play Pittsburgh, Philly, San Diego festivals ... David Byrne's in Philly too and Vienna, VA ... Bill Frisell is guest of honor at Telluride Festival ... Richard Goode performs Chopin, Bach in Bristol ... Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin open Luminato Festival ... k.d. lang joins Garrison Keillor on Prairie Home Companion ... Low Anthem plays two states in one day ... Kronos gives Australian premieres of Floodplain pieces ... Sara Watkins takes the Mountain Stage with Steve Earle ... and more ...

    Journal Topics: On Tour Weekend Events
  • Friday, June 5, 2009

    Amadou & Mariam play the second of two dates in Canada tonight at Montreal's Metropolis, then head to Boston on Saturday and NYC, Philly, and DC next week. The Philadelphia Inquirer describes their sound as "a gutsy brand of African highlife with cool, languid guitar solos and deeply hypnotic rhythms." The Philadelphia Daily News calls it an "unlikely yet alluring mix" of "snaky electric guitar lines, exotic Afro-blues melodies, hip-shaking (and occasionally even hip-hop) polyrhtymic beats and haunting, dipped in melancholy vocals." The Washington Post says it's "some of the world's most irresistibly funky music," as heard on their "marvelous" new album, Welcome to Mali.

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Friday, June 5, 2009

    k.d. lang will be among the special guests on this week's episode of A Prairie Home Companion, airing a live broadcast performance, recorded tonight from LA's Greek Theatre, on hundreds of public radio stations across the US this weekend. Joining k.d. and the show's host, Garrison Keillor, as special guests are Sheryl Crow and Martin Sheen. The episode will also feature the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound effects man Fred Newman; singer Heather Masse; the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; and The News from Lake Wobegon. 

    Journal Topics: On Tour Radio
  • Friday, June 5, 2009

    It is with great regret that Flaco Jiménez has had to pull out of Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe’s forthcoming European tour on doctor's orders. Due to physical limitations and severe pain caused by herniated discs in his lower back, the Grammy-winning accordionist is unable to travel or perform for the foreseeable future. He is currently undergoing treatment in San Antonio, Texas. The 19-date tour begins on June 11 in Dublin.

    Journal Topics: On Tour Artist News
  • Thursday, June 4, 2009

    Amadou & Mariam, having turned up the heat during their Welcome to Mali tour opener in Chicago on Tuesday, are set to do the same in Toronto tonight and Montreal tomorrow. Toronto's Globe and Mail spoke with Amadou about his life with Mariam and their love of Canada. The National Post describes the duo's live show: "Amadou unleashes sparkling licks on his gold electric guitar, and Mariam wails joyously and busts out infectious seated dance moves. The audience is rapt." Special offer for fans in NYC: enter to win seats surrounding the stage for the couple's Monday night appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

    Journal Topics: On Tour Television
  • Thursday, June 4, 2009

    Björk’s Voltaic: The Volta Tour, a concert film featuring stops on her visually dazzling Volta tour in Paris and Reykjavik, will be screened across the US this June and July. There are more than 15 screenings already scheduled, all to coincide with the release of the very special DVD/CD/LP recording Voltaic, due out in the US on Nonesuch on June 30. Register to win a pair of tickets from Nonesuch for the June 23 screening at NYC's School of Visual Arts Theater.

    Journal Topics: On Tour Film
  • Thursday, June 4, 2009

    Youssou N'Dour kicks off the Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas festival in a sold-out concert with his Super Étoile band at BAM on Friday night. The following night, Youssou and the band return to BAM for the NY premiere of the documentary Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love and a post-screening performance. The Village Voice describes Youssou's band as "astonishing" and Egypt, the album at the center of the film, as "a masterful expression of personal faith embellished with Cairean strings and, of course, the slippery Wolof beats that underlie N'Dour's complexly ecstatic mbalax sound."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Film
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2009

    Nonesuch Records and PS Classics are proud to announce the release of the original cast recording of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show—from 2008's Public Theater production featuring Alexander Gemignani and Michael Cerveris—on June 30, 2009. New York magazine described the musical as "a boisterous picaresque about two brothers flimflamming their way from the Yukon to Boca Raton at the turn of the 20th century." Road Show was directed by John Doyle, the score conducted by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick, and was produced by Tommy Krasker.

    Journal Topics: Album Release
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2009

    Amadou & Mariam kicked off their North American tour last night at Chicago's Park West, creating music that the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot describes as "a steaming cauldron of Mali funk ‘n’ roll that the couple stirred, adding ingredients from countless cultures as needed. They knew when to bring it to a boil and when to let it simmer." The crowd was moving from the start, and its fervor only increased, with Amadou & Mariam's "elastic songs stretching further into a zone where the line between dance and trance blurred." The duo's music, Kot concludes, bridges "cultures, sounds and language with a grace rarely seen on a North American stage."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews

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