Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images Nine days after the deadly tornado that touched…
- Posted on Mar 30th 2010 11:30AM by Mike Ayers
For this project, Merchant spent time with a total of 130 different musicians, including funk-improv kings Medeski, Martin and Wood, the Wynton Marsalis Quartet, ragtime revivalists the Ditty Bops, the Klezmatics and the New York Philharmonic. Not bad choices for a backing band.
This isn't the first time Merchant has used words other than her own to drive her studio work. Her last release, 2003's 'The House Carpenter's Daughter,' also featured mostly traditional songs with a few contemporary folk covers thrown in from the likes of Richard Thompson and Florence Reese.
"The poems inspired vastly different musical settings with themes that ranged from humorous and absurd to tragic, romantic and deeply spiritual," Merchant said in a statement. "They were some of the most magical experiences I've ever had making music."
Merchant's expected to take 'Leave Your Sleep' on the road this summer for a more extensive tour, but starting April 12, she'll play a few select dates starting in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boulder, Colo., Cambridge, Mass. and Washington, D.C.