First Night Boston - Magnetic Fields with special guest Tanya Donelly
The Magnetic Fields are the music of songwriter- producer- multi instrumentalist Stephin Merritt. In their two decade career, which began in Boston and then relocated to New York City, the band has released ten albums, including their seminal 3-disc masterwork “69 Love Songs.” That album, released in 1999, continues to be celebrated as one of pop music’s great achievements; Tim Page described it as “an encyclopedic, flabbergastingly ambitious, opera-length work that riffed off everybody from Cole Porter to Steve Reich, Gilbert and Sullivan to Kurt Weill –(and) established Stephin Merritt as one of the leading composers of his generation.” Stephin Merritt arranges and produces all his albums, playing many of the instruments as well. Additional instrumentation is provided by his band members: cellist Sam Davol, guitarist John Woo, percussionist/pianist Claudia Gonson, and singer Shirley Simms. The band has been touring throughout 2012 to support their new album, “Love at the Bottom of the Sea,” (Merge Records). This will be their First Night debut.
Tanya Donelly is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, and co-founder of the bands Throwing Muses, the Breeders, and Belly, and has also released four solo albums. Her latest project is a series of collaborations with various authors and musicians, which will be begin release in early 2013. Some of the collaborators involved so far are authors Rick Moody, Mary Gaitskill, Wesley Stace/John Wesley Harding, songwriters Kristin Hersh and Bill Janovitz, Claudia Gonson and Sam Davol of Magnetic Fields, One Ring Zero, Dylan in the Movies, and more to come as the series continues.
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