Founded in 2006 by Bryce Dessner of The National, MusicNOW Festival set out with a mission to present the best in contemporary music, offer artists an opportunity to take risks and commission new work. This year MusicNOW will celebrate its 10th year of innovative artistic collaborations from March 11-15. To celebrate the occasion, MusicNOW- 10 Years will allow listeners to share some of the magical moments that the festival is known for creating.
The 16 track album highlights festival-only surprises like Robin Pecknold playing the traditional song “Silver Dagger” for the first time, the debut performance of Grizzly Bear’s “While You Wait for the Others”, the premiere of Sufjan Stevens’ “The Owl & The Tanager”, as well as collaborations featuring Owen Pallett, Justin Vernon, Sharon van Etten, Tinariwen and Dirty Projectors. The digital release date is March 10th via Brassland nd pre-orders for physical formats will begin on Tuesday, March 17th at bit.ly/musicnow10.
Listen to Sounds of the South’s track “Trials, Troubles, Tribulations” featuring Sharon Van Etten, Justin Vernon, Matthew E White, Megafaun, and Fight the Big Bull here (embed code below):
Dessner is widely known as the guitarist for The National. Those a little more in the know are aware of Bryce’s work in classical composition, performance and artistic collaborations. MusicNOW was founded as a way for Bryce to explore all facets of his artistic interests and has served as a collaborative laboratory that provides a friendly and supportive audience for internationally renowned artists. Through the years, Dessner has guided MusicNOW to become the premiere event for blurring the imagined lines that divide musical genres.