LAURIE ANDERSON: PRESS
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RECENT ARTICLES & REVIEWS
On Landfall, by Laurie Anderson for the Kronos Quartet
THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 13, 2013 – "A Lament for the Wrath of a Storm and the Losses it Wrought"
THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, April 18, 2013 – "Trying to Make Something Beautiful and Fascinating"
ADELAIDE NOW, March 3, 2013 – "Adelaide Festival 2013 Review: Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet"
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN, March 1, 2013 – "Review: Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet"
THE WASHINGTON POST, February 4, 2013 – "Laurie Anderson Premieres Stunning Multimedia Work"
THE WINSTON-SALEM RELISH, April 13, 2013 – "Dirtday! is Mesmerizing"
THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE, November 2, 2012 – "Laurie Anderson Casts Her Spells at the Walker"
WALKER MAGAZINE, October 24, 2012 – "Laurie Anderson: Stories from the Never-Ending War"
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, October 24, 2012 – "Performance Review: A Down-to-Earth Dirtday!"
THE GUARDIAN, August 5, 2012 – "Laurie Anderson: Dirtday! — Review"
On Laurie Anderson:
"Laurie Anderson...has broken through and made some of the most interesting art of the late 20th Century...earning as she goes a reputation as one of the world's premiere performance artists."
"To devotees, Laurie Anderson is the most stimulating female artist on the planet. Confronted by her best work, it's almost possible to remove the word "female" from that description...pushing the barriers but always supremely musical, Anderson is manna for the heart, soul AND mind."
-Mojo, January 2001 (in a review of Talk Normal: The Laurie Anderson Anthology)
"Laurie Anderson is a singer-songwriter of crushing poignance - a minimalist painter of melancholy moods who addresses universal themes in the vernacular of the commonplace."
"Anderson continues to imbue her work with a singular perspective that is both haunting and timeless."
-The New Yorker
"[Laurie Anderson is] the reigning performance artist of her time."
"[Laurie Anderson's] tone has grown less droll and more elegiac, and what once seemed offhanded or oblique has turned chillingly prophetic....There was grief in the songs, but not despair. The songs acknowledged the worst and pondered where to go from here."
-The New York Times
"[Laurie Anderson is] an acutely humane observer, finding warmth and humor in stories about the ordinary turned exotic."
-New York Daily News
"[Laurie Anderson's] music seems emblematic of the city: ambitious, insightful, humorous and always teeming with four or five parts that really donąt seem like they should fit together but do."
"Dirtday! functions like a psychological and philosophical cleanser, Anderson wiping away some of the fog that clouds our perceptions. The theme is change, especially the kind that we tend not to acknowledge."
-Los Angeles Times
"Sometimes the production, which takes place on a shadowy stage with many lit candles and traces of prehistoric fog, feels like a chiaroscuro painting. The words and music act like light and dark in beautiful balance."
"...To reveal too much would be to spoil amazement. A supreme dramatist, Anderson makes nearly every sentence a dramatic surprise, every visual image a bolt of wonderment."
-Los Angeles Times
"Delusion is smart, funny, emotionally engaging, and flat-out beautiful- in short, everything you'd expect from an artist of Anderson's stature and reputation."
-The Georgia Straight (Vancouver)
"The darker theme of the decline and death of a mother re-echoes, in sometimes ambivalent stories, visuals and plaintive musical themes. As much as Anderson's beguiling presence and creative mastery, it's the tension between its playful and somber sides that gives Delusion its poignant weight."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"...Delusion shows... the degree to which Ms. Anderson's scores bring color and shape to her productions."
-New York Times
"...You walk out of Delusion... dazzled and disoriented. Dazzled by the mix of music, language and imagery that has been Anderson's trademark for more than three decades, and disoriented because, after spending 90 minutes in the realm she creates, you start to look at the real world from unexpected angles, noticing connections and congruences."
-Orange County Register
"Unlike Anderson's more mainstream successes from the 80s...Delusion takes on a strikingly private, ruminative tone...Anderson describes a clock that's pointing to 'a new kind of north' and asks, 'Which way do we go?' It's not just a personal question; it's a question for this country as well."
"[Delusion is] an opportunity to take a quick trip to the interior of an agile, witty mind, and experience the questions, insights and dreams that reside there."
"This was, above all, an emotional journey, and one that had the haunting and lingering quality of a strange, beautiful and at times rather scary dream."
-The Arts Desk, London
"Haunting shrieks, folk-like drones, multiple voices and merging colours constantly matched the sensational visuals racing across the screens. Anderson closed the show at a personal but universal level, with a song about her mother's death; a bold exciting end to a multi-sensory experience."
-The London Evening Standard
"Anderson busily creates her own onstage world: a kind of storytelling laboratory... Expert storyteller that she is, she works her magic, and the piece, with its contradictions, shafts of insight and splinters of wit lingers with you, long after the event, like a powerful dream."
-The Financial Times, London
"A questioning multimedia essay on the cosmos, coupled with an elegy for unconditional love."
-The London Times
"Laurie Anderson should be legally required to provide the voice for every audiobook, ever. As an instrument, it's just perfect: wise and bewildered, cutting and soothing, deadly serious and profoundly amusing."
-The Village Voice
"Delusion... is a shining, heartfelt meditation on the ephemeral pleasures and lasting
pains of this existence... both immediate and revelatory. Prompted in part by the death of her mother in 2009, the work is both deranged- in the positive sense that it stems from raw emotion as much as the cool intellectual questioning that has often been Anderson's forte- and consummately accomplished."
-The Georgia Straight (Vancouver)
"Homeland is Anderson's most politically charged offering to date .. .cloaked in many of the artist's familiar motifs -- the storm-tossed canvas of strings and electronica, in particular, is a signature -- the production plunges depths of emotional rawness rarely witnessed in her work."
-The Independent (Ireland)
"A keenly, sometimes wryly, observed criticism of contemporary America."
-Sunday Morning Herald (Sydney)
"[Homeland] is a simple live music performance, but one that nevertheless demonstrates Anderson's unique gifts with music and text, and reinforces the strength and integrity of her artistic voice. Those seeking a multimedia extravaganza or a greatest-hits package might be disappointed. But the faithful were enraptured by Homeland, transported by its poetic vision and sustained aesthetic realization."
-The Age (Melbourne)
"Laurie Anderson's Homeland is a revelation… a journey across post-September 11 America…exposing the absurdity of that world as it stands. There is a strong sense of transience during the performances as though it will disappear, never to be seen or heard again….Homeland is a performance not to be missed."
-The Australian Stage