Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal and Jesse Paris Smith team up for new collaboration Songs from the Bardo

Photo: Steven Sebring

Pioneering avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, Tibetan singer and multi-instrumentalist Tenzin Choegyal, and activist and composer Jesse Paris Smith have teamed up for a collaborative long-form composition called Songs from the Bardo. Based on the text of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and first performed at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art, Songs from the Bardo will be released on September 27th through Smithsonian Folkways. Choegyal, who was forced out of his homeland into exile in India, explains in the album’s liner notes, “I have tried to channel the wisdom and traditions of my ancestors through my music in a very contemporary way while holding the depth of my lineage.”

To celebrate the album announcement, they have shared the immersive and contemplative “Lotus Born, No Need to Fear”. Take a listen now.

Mixtape #88

October is here and with it comes a very special selection of tracks picked by Emily Hall, the marvellous and infinitely creative British composer. She won us over with her 2015 concept album/opera Folie à Deux, which was one of our Album Picks of the Year. So we asked her to put together a mixtape with some of the artists and bands that have inspired her and the stunning mix she sent us journeys through a myriad of genres and styles, with artists from the likes of Anna Meredith and Oliver Coates to Mara Carlyle and Lady Maisery. Enjoy!

  1. Anna Meredith – Something Helpful [Moshi Moshi]
  2. Oliver Coates – Another Day [PRAH Recordings]
  3. Mara Carlyle – How It Felt To Kiss You [Ancient & Modern]
  4. Mesadorm – Drink You [Babylegs Records]
  5. Olivia Chaney – Blessed Instant [Nonesuch]
  6. Mira Calix – The Stockholm Syndrome [Warp]
  7. Kronos Quartet with Bryce Dressner – Little Blue Something [Anti-]
  8. Lady Maisery – This Woman’s Work [RootBeat Records]
  9. Ties Mellema: Jacob Ter Veldhuis – Grab It!
  10. Oliver Coates – Tommib Help Buss [PRAH Recordings]
  11. Nadia Sirota – Etude No.3 [Bedroom Community]
  12. Laurie Anderson – O Superman [Warner Bros.]
  13. Håkon Austbø and Olivier Messiaen- I. Regard du Pere [Naxos]
  14. Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim – West Side Story: Tonight [United Artists]

Mixtape #55

The earthy and intense music of Elfin Saddle, with its large melting pot of influences, is as inventive and edgy as warm and emotionally engaging. Co-founded by multi-instrumentalists Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie, the band's compositions are like delicately crafted invitations to wonderment. Naturally we were delighted when Elfin Saddle agreed to put together our first mixtape of the autumn. And here it is, filled with tracks that will make the summer want to stick around a bit longer.


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