NEW ALBUM, SO THERE, OUT THIS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11
FALL TOUR DATES WITH yMUSIC
“For many musicians, So There could have played like an indulgent diversion, frustrating those hungry for another rock album. For Folds, who constantly hones his craft by
taking unexpected paths, it extends a career-long flirtation with modern
orchestral composition to its logical next step.”
“21st century thinking man’s chamber pop.”
“A consummate musician reaches new heights.”
(New York, NY) – Ben Folds appeared last night on the first-ever Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He was handpicked by Colbert and bandleader Jon Batiste to perform Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People” in a supergroup along side Mavis Staples, Brittany Howard, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Aloe Black and others.
Folds’ new album So There is now available to be heard in its entirety via NPR’s First Listen. The album will be released tomorrow, Friday September 11 on New West. Tour dates with yMusic are slated for September and November 2015. The complete itinerary is below. So There showcases new pop songs by the multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter/producer, along with the debut recording of Folds’ critically acclaimed “Concerto For Piano and Orchestra.” Recorded in just under two weeks in New York, Los Angeles, and Folds’ own historic RCA Studio A in Nashville, the album has been praised for its forward-thinking studio craft and creative spontaneity.
NPR’s All Songs Considered heralded the new album as “the most loveable piece of music I’ve ever heard from Ben Folds,” while The Guardian wrote “for the new tracks with yMusic, the textures of the ensemble instruments – string trio, flute, clarinet, trumpet – are not ornamentally grafted on the music: they are the music.”
Folds first found international success as the leader of the Ben Folds Five. His subsequent solo career has seen the release of multiple studio albums, a pair documenting his renowned live performances, a remix collection, music for film and TV, an all a capella record, as well as numerous collaborations with artists spanning Sara Bareilles to William Shatner.
In March 2014, Folds premiered “Concerto For Piano and Orchestra” accompanied by the Nashville Symphony. Since then, he has spent much of his time touring around the globe, performing the three-movement concerto and orchestrations of his classic pop hits before sold-out crowds with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras.
A Nashville resident, Folds owns and operates the historic RCA Studio A. The studio is the multi-platinum artist’s creative hub, where he composes, collaborates, produces and records his genre-defying work, as well as that of other artists. Folds has earned universal respect and praise for his insight as judge on five highly rated seasons of NBC’s a capella competition series, The Sing Off. In addition, he has made cameo appearances in a variety of film and TV projects, including a role on NBC’s Community.
The complete tour dates are below:
11 – Nashville, TN – Grimey’s
12 – Nashville, TN – Live on the Green
14 – Seattle, WA – The Moore
15 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
16 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
1 – Augusta, GA – Westobou Festival (Ben w/ Symphony Orchestra Augusta)
30 – Miami, FL – UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall (Ben w/ Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra)
1 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
3 – Charlotte, NC – Belk Theatre
4 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Thatre
5 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
6 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre
7 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
9 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
11 – Birmingham, AL – Alabama Theatre
12 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
13 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
14 – Columbus, OH – Lifestyles Community Pavilion
16 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
17 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
18 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
4 – Washington, DC – Kennedy Center (Ben w/ National Symphony)
8 – Winston-Salem, NC – Lawrence Joel Coliseum (Ben w/ Piedmont Wind Symphony)