Giddens and Turrisi will debut several songs from the album at this weekend’s Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Friday, March 22nd. Lucy Negro Redux, the new ballet scored by the pair, will be performed twice at the festival, with Giddens and Turrisi playing the score live on stage. Giddens, who is also featured in Ken Burns’ upcoming PBS series Country Music, will be among the acts featured at concerts tied to the series in New York and Nashville. She and Turrisi have plans for a tour that extends throughout the fall. … [Read more...] about Rhiannon Giddens Details Collaborative New Album With Francesco Turrisi
"Well, we've always envisioned Big Ears as an arts festival and as a festival ... where the musical component interfaced with art, so film has always been a very important part. We've had art installations and exhibitions and interactive experiences before, and incorporating dance and other art forms is something that we certainly are always looking for the right opportunities, and this one seemed especially compelling, so we took the leap," said Capps. … [Read more...] about Big Ears Festival 2019 lineup: Nils Frahm, Bill Frisell, Spiritualized, Rhiannon Giddens
“One of the undercurrents of those poems is that she is unbothered by him,” Ms. Williams said. Shakespeare “is obsessed with her. He is shook by this woman, and he’s like ‘You don’t love me back! I don’t know how to operate within the universe.’ And this woman is like, ‘Get out of here, I’m so good with myself that you’re not good enough, Shakespeare.’” … [Read more...] about What if Shakespeare’s Dark Lady Told Their Love Story? What if It Were a Ballet?
Justin Faulkner has a thrashing, teeming style on the drums — he attacks them — yet he exudes a reassurance that basically all the best drummers have. In striking that balance, he’s like Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. It might have something to do with the fact that Faulkner has effectively been taking a seminar in the music’s lineage for the past 10 years as the youngest member of the pre-eminent saxophonist Branford Marsalis’s quartet (he’s still only 27). On “The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul,” the group’s third album featuring Faulkner, he shows he’s gone from being the most startling thing about this quartet to the best thing about it. RUSSONELLO … [Read more...] about The Playlist: Solange’s Surprise, and 14 More New Songs
Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary Country Music will begin airing on PBS stations before the year is out, but a piece of it will live on forever at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. At a press conference on Wednesday in Nashville, Burns showed a clip from the documentary and announced that he would be donating all the transcripts and interviews from the project to the Hall of Fame. … [Read more...] about Ken Burns Previews ‘Country Music’ Documentary, Donates Footage to Hall of Fame
But Gill provided the night’s emotional and musical high point when he sang Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” which the singer penned for her musical mentor Porter Wagoner as she was planning to take the reins on her own career. Considering Whitney Houston recorded a second definitive take on the song for The Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992, “I Will Always Love You” is not exactly a safe choice for anyone to sing in 2019. Yet Gill’s rendering, suffused with the heartache and vulnerability he does so well, was sublime — a breathtaking version of a song that earned the singer a standing ovation and set itself apart from its two most well-known versions. … [Read more...] about Vince Gill Stuns at Ken Burns’ All-Star ‘Country Music’ Concert