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  • Friday, May 18, 2018

    Brad Mehldau Trio's new album, Seymour Reads the Constitution! , is out now. The pianist and his longtime trio—drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier—perform three Mehldau originals combined with interpretations of pop songs (Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson), jazz tunes (Elmo Hope, Sam Rivers), and the American songbook (Frederick Loewe). "This is sumptuous, collective improvisation of the highest order," exclaims The Arts Desk's five-star review. "It's so good, it sounds effortless ... Gorgeous."

  • Friday, May 18, 2018

    Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly's Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music is out now. The album is nine songs written by the duo plus three gamelan transcriptions by ethnomusicologist Colin McPhee that inspired the songs. Bartlett and Muhly play pianos and keyboards on the album, and Bartlett sings, joined by others on strings and metallic pitched percussion. Bartlett and Muhly perform from Peter Pears at LPR in NYC on May 24, National Concert Hall in Dublin on June 6, and LSO St Luke's in London on June 8.

  • Friday, May 18, 2018

    Lake Street Dive stopped by MPR's The Current while in St. Paul to perform a sold-out show at the Palace Theater. They spoke with host Mac Wilson about the new album Free Yourself Up and performed three songs from it: "Hang On," "Doesn't Even Matter Now," and "Good Kisser." You can watch a video of that last performance here and listen to the complete session at thecurrent.org.

Artist Spotlight

  • Lake Street Dive's Free Yourself Up is, in many ways, the band's most intimate and collaborative record. The band worked as a tightly knit unit to craft the ten songs on Free Yourself Up and self-produced the album in Nashville with engineer Dan Knobler. "Free Yourself Up is about empowering yourself, emboldening yourself," says the band, "no matter what's going wrong."

  • On Seymour Reads the Constitution!, Brad Mehldau Trio performs three Mehldau originals combined with interpretations of pop songs (Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson), jazz tunes (Elmo Hope, Sam Rivers), and one work from the American songbook (Frederick Loewe's "Almost Like Being in Love"). Pre-order to download the opening track, "Spiral."

  • Joshua Redman is joined by drummer Brian Blade, bassist Scott Colley, and trumpeter Ron Miles for Still Dreaming, an album inspired by his father Dewey Redman's band Old and New Dreams. That band had an all-star lineup of Ornette Coleman collaborators: Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell. Still Dreaming features six new compositions by the new band plus one tune by Haden, one by Coleman. "Consistently riveting," says the Washington Post

  • David Byrne's album American Utopia morphed during the writing and recording process, beginning with Brian Eno and growing to include collaboration with producer Rodaidh McDonald and contributors Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Jam City, Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Jack Peñate, and others.

  • John Adams has produced works, both operatic and symphonic, that stand out among all contemporary classical music for the depth of their expression, the brilliance of their sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes. His music has played a decisive role in turning the tide of musical aesthetics away from the theoretical principles of European modernism toward a more expansive and expressive language, so characteristic of his New World surroundings.

Tour

Sun, May 20
3:00 PM
LA Opera
Los Angeles, CAUnited States
Sun, May 20
LA Opera
Los Angeles,CAUnited States
Sun, May 20
7:30 PM
Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Brighton, United Kingdom
Brighton Festival;A Thousand Thoughts:A Live Documentaryand Trio Da Kali
Sun, May 20
Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Brighton,United Kingdom
Sun, May 20
8:00 PM
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Edmonton, ABCanada
w/special guest Benjamin Clementine
Sun, May 20
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Edmonton,ABCanada
Sun, May 20
8:00 PM
Memorial Hall
Cincinnati, OHUnited States
Sun, May 20
Memorial Hall
Cincinnati,OHUnited States
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