Nico Muhly will be touring the U.S. and Canada in August in support of his upcoming release, Mothertongue (in-stores on 7/22, out now on iTunes). He'll be joined on this tour by fellow Vermont-to-New York transplants, Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) and Sam Amidon. We're calling it the 802 Tour.
Previously, these three have appeared in each others shows and played on each others records. The performances will feature music from each of the three of them, as well as some sneak previews of future collaborative schemes. Sam will perform a set of folk ballads interspersed with the occasional Melville reading and some liturgical dance, accompanied by Thomas, with guest plinks by Nico. He will then pass the microphone to Thomas, who will whisper some lamp-rock, gently expiring into the microphone, while Sam and Nico strum and plink and generally try to liven things up. Finally, Nico will perform a selection of his compositions, with help from Sam, Thomas, and violist extraordinaire Nadia Sirota, culminating in The Only Tune, a piece that Nico wrote for Sam, and that he, Sam, Thomas, and Nadia premiered last year at Carnegie Hall.
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