Thomas Bartlett + Nico Muhly: Festina

Beyond the beauty and imagination of their solo work, Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) and Nico Muhly have each built an almost unfathomable repertoire of music in collaboration with some of the best musicians, vocalists and bands recording and performing today. Now, they’ve united for a collaborative album themselves, Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music, out 18 May on Nonesuch Records. It includes nine original songs and …

Three Art-Driven Christmas Experiences in New York City

Works at the Guggenheim, Brookfield Place and the EDITION Hotel move tradition forward

A period of time that requires tremendous thought, the end of year holidays stimulate creative behavior from decor and design to gift giving and, let’s be honest, time management. All the while, traditional, nostalgia-laden experiences appear around every corner. Many of these are deeply personal—the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center with a family, dinner at Rolf’s with a loved one, a stroll by the Saks Fifth …

Villagers + Nico Muhly: Fortunate Child

Set to time-manipulated footage of iconic New York City landmarks shot by Donal Dineen, “Fortunate Child” marks a nuanced and emotive collaboration between Villagers and Nico Muhly. A compositional magnificence bathes the vocals of Villagers’ Conor O’Brien—beginning delicately and building force. O’Brien says the collaborative process was quite intuitive, with the “chord structure and frequencies of Nico’s initial soundscape” allowing him to explore string-of-consciousness lyrics.