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  • Mar 13, 2014
    Nashville-based rocker Ben Folds harbors no illusions about the originality of his new piano concerto. "I suspect that people who analyze piano concertos for a living will absolutely hate my new concerto," says Folds, who spoke with wry humor about his latest project during a recent interview at his spacious Music Row studio. "The piece is proudly and overtly derivative." And yet Folds believes he may have more in common with Beethoven and Brahms than many contemporary classical composers, who wield Ph.D.'s but mostly write what the critic Terry Teachout refers to as faculty-lounge music. " Read more»
  • Mar 12, 2014
    “It’s been brewing for a long time.” Ben Folds is talking about his first piano concerto. Before our breakfast conversation is over, we’ll have discussed photography, crickets and how much Lil Wayne has in common with Beethoven. But, for now, back to Ben and another meal—this time it was dinner with Paul Vasterling of the Nashville Ballet—that ended with a commissioned concerto. “It all made sense for me, and I just said ‘yeah,’” Folds says, because Nashville’s the sort of place where meetings like that, ideas like that and enthusiasm about art like that happens. Folds grew up playing in Read more»
  • Mar 11, 2014
    Acura and ELS Studio® Premium Audio from Panasonic Present Ben Folds 2014 LIVE Performances Tour Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ben Folds set to launch new U.S. tour featuring orchestra-backed and solo performances. Acura and ELS Studio® Premium Audio from Panasonic are proud to present the Ben Folds 2014 LIVE Performances Tour. The multi-platinum singer-songwriter is scheduled to launch his new live tour in March featuring orchestra-backed performances plus select solo shows across the U.S. The tour will be highlighted by a new Ben Folds piano concerto, as well as a series of his popular Read more»
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