<b>Joanna MacGregor signs to Warner Classics & Jazz</b>

Joanna MacGregor signs to Warner Classics & Jazz

Warner Classics & Jazz is delighted to announce the signing of pianist, Joanna MacGregor and her label SoundCircus. Continuing its legacy of collaborating with world-class artists, Warner Classics & Jazz is thrilled that Joanna will bring her truly unique approach to the piano repertoire and performance to the label. 2010 will see the release of three new recordings, as well as the reissue of her entire back catalogue on CD, and for the first time digitally. Joanna MacGregor performed ‘Live in Buenos Aires’, her first new release through Warner Classics & Jazz, at Camden’s Roundhouse on 23rd January 2010 with the Britten Sinfonia. Album release date: 22nd February 2010 Joanna MacGregor’s recordings and live performances have ranged from celebrated Baroque interpretations to groundbreaking re-workings of the classical repertoire and innovative ventures into world, jazz and contemporary music; a vast and varied collection of projects that have gained her international acclaim. Albums such as ‘Play’, nominated for the 2002 Mercury Music Prize, and ‘Neural Circuits’, saw Joanna taking the classical piano into uncharted territory. Collaborations such as those with tabla virtuoso Talvin Singh, Anglo-Asian composer Nitin Sawhney, Arabic singer Dhafer Youssef, as well as the continuation of her long-standing relationship with the Britten Sinfonia, underline Joanna’s creative vision. Unafraid of juxtaposing the traditional with the truly contemporary, the results have been dynamic recordings in which works by Byrd or Dowland are preceded by a fragment of Ligeti or Nancarrow, or where Arvo Pärt’s ‘Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten’ are followed by the ‘Siwe Bell Music’ of the Anlo-Ewe people of Ghana. Later recordings maintain this searching, connected approach – ‘Deep River’, with UK saxophonist Andy Sheppard, arrangements of Nick Cave and Tom Waits with Deep South blues and spirituals, whilst 2007’s ‘Sidewalk Dances’ opens up the remarkable legacy of Moondog, the legendary New York street composer, to a large new audience. Joanna founded her own record label, SoundCircus, in 1998. The label retains the rights to her recordings and compositions, including her early Collins Classics recordings, and SoundCircus now continues as an imprint of the Warner Classics & Jazz family. Joanna MacGregor has curated concerts for, amongst others, the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Proms, the South Bank Centre with Britten Sinfonia and Bridgewater Hall, and has been artistic director of the Bath International Music Festival since 2006. In 2010 Joanna will direct the much acclaimed ‘Deloitte Ignite Festival’ at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her performances of the Turangalîla Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Valery Gergiev on 13th & 20th May 2010 coincide with the release of a new Messiaen box set. Stefan Bown, general manager, Warner Classics & Jazz, says of the signing: ‘We are delighted to welcome Joanna MacGregor and her SoundCircus label to WCJ, and look forward to working closely with her on these exciting new recordings. Her innovation as an artist and curator, coupled with her hugely diverse attitude towards music of all styles and genres, make her a fantastic addition to our roster and we are proud to provide a new home for Joanna and her music’. New releases confirmed for 2010: - Live in Buenos Aires (with Britten Sinfonia) recorded in May 2007 – Bach, Stravinsky, Gismonti, Golijov, Dowland & Piazzolla arr. MacGregor Release date: 22nd February 2010. - JS Bach: Goldberg Variations recorded in September 2007 at the Mozarteum, Salzburg. Release date: 5th April 2010. - Messiaen 4 CD box set, reissuing her acclaimed recordings of Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, Quatuor pour la fin du Temps, and including a new recording of the song cycle Harawi with Dutch mezzo-soprano Charlotte Riedijk. The first original SoundCircus titles to be reissued will be ‘Play' and ‘Sidewalk Dances’ in early 2010. Release date: 22nd February 2010.

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