New release: Joyce DiDonato fuses jazz and baroque for Songplay

Following a hugely successful tour of In War & Peace in Asia last month, Joyce DiDonato today releases her latest album: Songplay. Together with Craig Terry (keys), Chuck Israels (double bass), Jimmy Madison (drums), Lautaro Greco (bandoneon) and Charlie Porter (trumpet), the album fuses music from jazz with that from the baroque era, with Joyce and her band creating their own distinct sound-world.

^ The band: Craig Terry, Chuck Israels, Charlie Porter, Jimmy Madison & Lautaro Greco

Introducing her latest musical adventure last summer, Joyce said, “I had one of the most exhilarating musical weeks of my life recording the album Songplay with a world-class band. Trust me: you’re going to remember each one of these guys!”

She continues: “It’s joyful, it’s exuberant, it celebrates great music, and it shines a spotlight on the timeless nature of a great song. I hope you’ll want to hear this album over and over, and will grow to appreciate the value of playing with a song!”

A multi-award winning recording artist, Joyce’s Songplay follows releases including: In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music (winner: 2017 Gramophone Award for Recital of the Year); a live recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens (winner: 2018 Gramophone Awards Recording of the Year and Opera recording; Recording (Complete Opera) category at the 2018 International Opera Awards; the Opera Award at the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Awards; and Opus Klassik’s opera recording of the year); Into the Fire with the Brentano Quartet; and the GRAMMY Award-winning Joyce & Tony: Live at the Wigmore Hall with Antonio Pappano.

To coincide with the release of Songplay, Askonas Holt is thrilled to be taking Joyce and her band on a seven-date tour of the US later this month, with performances in Seattle, Berkeley, St Paul, Oberlin, Boston, New York and Princeton.

The tour

18 February, Taper Auditorium, Seattle
20 February, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley (Cal Performances)
25 February, Ordway Music Theatre, St Paul
27 February, Finney Chapel, Oberlin Conservatory
1 March, NEC’s Jordan Hall, Boston (Celebrity Series Boston)
4 March, The Appel Room, New York (performed as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook)
10 March, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton

Buy the album

Warner Classics

Listen to the single, Conti’s Quella Fiamma, on Spotify

Release date: 1 February 2019

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