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REVIEW: José González & yMusic Make for an Incendiary Performance at Beacon Theatre

REVIEW: José González & yMusic, Incendiary Concert at Beacon Theatre >>

They say when Bob Dylan performed a version of his "North Country Blues" you could hear a pin drop-and that's evidenced in the recordings. Perhaps an incarnation of that very Dylan some 50 years down the line, José González's show at the Beacon Theatre last night proved that in this technological era, an audience can still listen to a man and his guitar and sit in awe of someone's delicate talent.

EXCLUSIVE: José González on 'Vestiges & Claws,' Beacon Theatre and Creating with yMusic

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with José González >>

There's a timeless quality in folk music that is substantiated through its minimalism. While some may feel that this section of the musical spectrum is inherently American, its reach extends across the Atlantic and has been appropriated by musicians of all stripes and nationalities. The minimal yet timeless quality of Swedish folk darling José González is what allows him to continue his canon with another release-one seven years in the making.

YoungArts Salon Featuring Singer-Songwriter Ben Folds, Moderated By Shelly Berg And Sponsored By Knight Foundation

Ben Folds & yMusic Announce Beacon Theatre Concert May 4; 2016 Tour >>

While they might be embarking on an international tour with José González next year, yMusic will also be hitting the road with Ben Folds for a 2016 roadshow as well. On their list of venues to play, the pair take to New York's Beacon Theatre on May 4.

2015 Celebrity Fight Night Italy benefiting the Andrea Bocelli Foundation

Jackie Evancho, Lindsey Stirling Among Top Earners of 2015 for Classical Music >>

Having been released this week, Billboard has posted the SoundScan numbers of every album and artist that has sold a record this year. On the classical front, Andrea Bocelli, Lindsey Stirling, the Monks of Norcia, the Piano Guys, Jackie Evancho and more make the list of top contenders.

José González and New York Chamber Group yMusic Announce U.S. Tour Dates

José González, yMusic Announce U.S. Tour Dates >>

Having performed with the six-piece chamber group last year at Lincoln Center, José González and yMusic plan to collaborate once more on González's forthcoming tour.

EXCLUSIVE Shara Worden a.k.a My Brightest Diamond Talks American Composers Orchestra: Sins and Songs and More

Classicalite Q&A with Shara Worden (a.k.a My Brightest Diamond) >>

Upon earning her undergrad in opera from the University North Texas, like so many others before and since, a doe-eyed Shara Worden packed up her scores and moved to New York City. Studying privately with Australian composer/violinist Padma Newsome, palling around with people like the Dessner brothers, she was determined--perhaps destined, even--for their kind of "crossover." And, indeed, just like Clogs and The National did, Worden struck gold first with the indie-r stuff. Cases in point: a gorgeous slew of remarkably baroque records--Bring Me the Workhorse (2006), A Thousand Shark's Teeth ('08), All Things Will Unwind ('11), last year's This Is My Hand--on Asthmatic Kitty Records, ground zero for through-composed indie rock.


EXCLUSIVE: C-LITE A.V. Club - yMusic's Hideaki Aomori, C.J. Camerieri Q&A with Maria Jean Sullivan >>

yMusic members Hideaki Aomori and C.J. Camerieri stop by Classicalite's exposed brick living room to chat about everything from remixing 'Balance Problems' to playing under Sufjan Stevens to just what Nadia Sirota will play next on WQXR's Q2.

Richard Reed Parry, yMusic, Nico Muhly

yMusic Release 'Bladed Stance' Official Video Off 'Balance Problems' on New Amsterdam Records >>

yMusic have bestowed yet another gift from their sophomore effort "Balance Problems": the official video for "Bladed Stance," composed by Marcos Balter and from New Amsterdam Records.

Nico Muhly

PHOTOS: Richard Reed Parry, Nico Muhly and yMusic Ensemble at Roulette for Ear Heart Music Series >>

Richard Reed Parry performed pieces from his solo debut LP, Music for Heart and Breath, with Nico Muhly and the yMusic Ensemble at Roulette in Brooklyn.


UPDATE: yMusic Stream 'Balance Problems' a Day Before New Amsterdam Records Release >>

yMusic have shared the full stream of their sophomore effort, "Balance Problems," on New Amsterdam Records, featuring compositions by Classicalite faves Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly and Timo Andres, as well as works by NOW Ensemble guitarist Mark Dancigers, Chicago timbralist Marcos Balter, Andrew Norman and Jeremy Turner. Set to drop tomorrow, you can stream the full album here thanks to Pitchfork Advance.

Richard Reed Parry

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry on 'Music for Heart and Breath,' Bryce Dessner and Growing Up With Folk Musician Parents >>

We recently caught up with Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry in transit to the Hollywood Bowl for a few quick quips on his album "Music For Heart And Breath," released this summer on Deutsche Grammophon Records.

My Brightest Diamond

Shara Worden Talks Latest Album 'This Is My Hand,' Dance Music and Other Inspirations >>

Shara Worden, better known as her stage moniker My Brightest Diamond, will release her latest album, This Is My Hand, on September 16. The fourth in her discography, My Brightest Diamond follows 2011’s All Things Will Unwind (featuring Classicalite favorites yMusic).

yMusic, Balance Problems

yMusic Release Andrew Norman's “Music In Circles” off 'Balance Problems' (New Amsterdam Records) >>

yMusic have released an excerpt of “Music In Circles” off of forthcoming sophomore effort , Balance Problems, due out September 30 on New Amsterdam Records. The Andrew Norman composition "Music In Circles" is a cornucopia of striking violins, territorial harmonies and a bass line that carries in the sound of seasonal change.

yMusic, Balance Problems

yMusic Release 'Balance Problems' on New Amsterdam Records with Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Timo Andres and More >>

yMusic have announced plans to release their sophomore effort, 'Balance Problems,' via New Amsterdam Records--featuring compositions by Classicalite faves Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly and Timo Andres, as well as well as works by NOW Ensemble guitarist Mark Dancigers, Chicago timbralist Marcos Balter, Andrew Norman and Jeremy Turner--on September 30.

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