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Midge Ure: Songs, Questions and Answers Tour

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Midge Ure returns to North America's intimate venue circuit with his open and honest "Songs, Questions and Answers Tour." Direct from the hugely successful UK leg of the tour, Midge will be playing alongside multi-instrumentist Tony Solis, performing acoustic versions of his catalogue and taking questions — and maybe the odd song request — from the audience. There is plenty to talk about, too, while covering a 40-year professional career, Ultravox, solo work, Band Aid, Live Aid, an orchestrated album from 2017 ... and anything the audience can think of to ask Midge! This is as close as you can possibly get to the man, his life and his music — an event as real, honest, uplifting and poignant as his songs.

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Wednesday, 22 January, 2020 7:30PM

Howard Jones Acoustic Trio

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Howard Jones Acoustic Trio is an intimate stripped-down trip through Howard’s 30-year music career. Featuring Howard Jones on electric piano, Robin Boult (Roger Daltry, Dave Stewart, Fish) on acoustic guitar and Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo, Belinda Carlisle, John Paul Jones) on chapman stick, these shows deliver a fresh take on Howard’s best-known hits. These shows also provide the opportunity for the audience to hear firsthand about the inspiration behind Howard's beloved material as well as stories from his touring career.

Electronic music pioneer Howard Jones has been a constant presence on the international touring scene for the past three decades, playing live in a number of different configurations including intimate solo shows and dates with his full high-tech band set-up. His most recent album is Transform, his first new studio album in nearly a decade. Released in early 2019 to critical acclaim, Transform features several collaborations with electronica luminary BT. Of the album, Paste magazine avowed, “Transform is remarkably consistent to Jones’ lush brand of synthpop … a balance of what is familiar and what is innovative, new magic from old spells” while Pop Matters declared the album to contain “dazzling synth sounds, catchy melodies and introspective and life-affirming lyrics — but with a contemporary feel.”

Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene in 1983, with his very English songwriting and pioneering synthesizers. His first two albums, Human's Lib and Dream Into Action, were worldwide hits. Human's Lib reached #1 in 1984 in the UK and featured the hits “New Song” and “What Is Love?” In 1985, Jones released the follow-up, Dream Into Action, which quickly became a Top Ten Platinum album in the United States and featured the smash hits “Things Can Only Get Better,” “Life In One Day,” “No One Is To Blame” and “Like To Get To Know You Well.” Howard Jones has sold over 8 million albums worldwide and continues to make new music and tour the world. Jones recently performed on NBC’s top-rated morning and nighttime shows respectively, Today and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Tuesday, 28 January, 2020 7:30PM

Loudon Wainwright III

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Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III returns to Benaroya Hall for a candid evening of folk songs as only he could write. His songs, filled with sharp wit and a self-mocking style, have been recorded by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and his son Rufus Wainwright. Born in Chapel Hill, N.C. in 1946, Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when “Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit in 1972. He had studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon University, but dropped out to partake in the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, and wrote his first song in 1968 (“Edgar,” about a lobsterman in Rhode Island). He was soon signed to Atlantic Records by Nesuhi Ertegun, and was lured by Clive Davis to Columbia Records, which released “Dead Skunk.” Wainwright has recorded 27 albums, including his Grammy-winning High, Wide & Handsome (2010).

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Wednesday, 5 February, 2020 7:30PM

Rise Up — The Hamilton Tribute Band

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Don’t throw away your shot to see Rise Up, the Hamilton Tribute Band! Rise Up is an ensemble of top Seattle vocalists and musicians that performs the amazing music of Hamilton, the record-breaking Broadway musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The winner of 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical (2016), Hamilton is a sweeping cultural phenomenon with music that marries hip hop, R&B and Broadway styles.

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Saturday, 8 February, 2020 7:30PM

Terry Riley

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American composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley brings his unique compositions to Benaroya Hall for one night only, drawing on his decades-long work in minimalist music and his studies of jazz and Indian classical music. Riley originally launched what is now known as the minimalist movement with his classic piece In C, composed in 1964. This seminal work had an enormous impact on the course of western music. He has also been a student of Indian classical music since 1970 when he became a disciple of the great Kirana master, Pandit Pran Nath. 

Riley is a prolific composer, having written in virtually every form including solo piano, string quartet, chamber opera, concerto, choral works and more. His concerto for electric violin was premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2012  and a new concerto for organ and orchestra premiered at Walt Disney Hall in 2014. His discography includes 60 recordings on labels such as Columbia Masterworks, Wergo and Nonesuch, and he is a recipient of 2 NEA grants, a Guggenheim fellowship and a Fromm Foundation grant for music composition. He also holds honorary doctorates from Chapman University and Cal Arts. Over Riley's long career, he has worked with Zakir Hussein, Chet Baker, Krishna Bhatt, John Zorn, Leonard Slatkin and the Kronos Quartet. 

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Wednesday, 19 February, 2020 7:30PM

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