Over February and March 2019, Joyce DiDonato will embark on a seven-date tour of the US of her latest project, Songplay. Songplay unites extraordinary musicians from the varied worlds of opera, jazz and tango in the pure pleasure of improvisation, experimentation and exchange. Together they create their own musical language, surprising listeners with timeless melodies transformed and universal stories retold over centuries; songs in English, in Italian and – naturally – in the universal language of music.
Together with Craig Terry (piano), Chuck Israels (double bass), Jimmy Madison (drums), Lautaro Greco (bandoneon) and Charlie Porter (trumpet), Songplay fuses music from jazz with that from the baroque era, with Joyce and her band creating their own distinct sound-world.
With the first performance in Benaroya Hall in Seattle on 18 February, Joyce and her band will travel then to Berkeley (Zellerbach Hall) and the Ordway Music Theater in St Paul. On 27 February they perform Songplay in Finney Chapel in Oberlin, then to Jordan Hall in Boston on 1 March. On 4 March, Songplay will be performed as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook in The Appel Room, with the tour finally finishing with a performance in the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton.
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!”
Benaroya Hall, University Street, Seattle, WA, USA
Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA, USA
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN, USA
Finney Chapel, North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH, USA
Jordan Hall, Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA, USA
The Appel Room, Columbus Circle, New York, NY, USA
Alexander Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA