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  • 03 Nov 2017

    The Staves & yMusic - The Way Is Read

    Nonesuch Records releases The Way Is Read, a twelve-song album by the English trio The Staves—Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor (all vocals)—and New York City–based ensemble yMusic. The album will be available digitally on November 24, 2017 and on limited-edition vinyl on December 1. After being commissioned in 2016 by Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires Festival to collaborate on a live performance piece, The Staves delved deep into yMusic’s catalogue of contemporary classical compositions to find pieces suited to their lyrics and vocals. While the Festival is known for bringing musicians together for one-off performances, this is the first time one of those partnerships has made the leap into a studio album. The LP was produced by Rob Moose and Jessica Staveley-Taylor and mixed and engineered by Brian Joseph at his studio, Hive, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 


    The two groups will come together live again at a series of special shows at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on December 1 and 2, and they also will perform on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion on December 16. The Way Is Read is available to pre-order now from iTunes, along with an instant download of the album track “Trouble on My Mind”; see a video for that song, directed by yMusic flutist Alex Sopp, here. Vinyl pre-orders available from The Staves UK/World webstore and US/Canada webstore now.


    Emily Staveley-Taylor says of the collaboration, “Our aim from the outset was to truly collaborate with yMusic. We wanted to feel like instruments and join in with some of yMusic’s existing work, using our voices in ways we hadn’t previously explored. We chopped up compositions and put them together again in new ways. We took old folk songs and made them abstract. The idea of forming an orchestra with these incredible musicians was fascinating. What we have ended up with is everything we’d hoped, more than we dreamed, and hopefully the tip of the iceberg.”

    Rob Moose of yMusic adds, “When Justin raised the possibility of our groups collaborating, we immediately upped the stakes by focusing on a combination of new Staves songs and transformations of yMusic's composed works. It was as much a thrill to hear songs emerge organically over sections of intricate chamber music as it was satisfying to strip songs of the instrument that created them, whether guitar or piano, in order to craft new connective tissue. This project was born of voice memos sent back and forth across the seas, two frenetic days in a Manhattan rehearsal space, a festival set, and a single day of recording in the woods outside of Eau Claire.”

    The Staves, also known as Jessica, Camilla and Emily Staveley-Taylor, moved to Minneapolis from London in the summer of 2016, where they lived for a year in order to be closer to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, friend and collaborator Justin Vernon’s hometown, which has become a creative hub and second home to them. The sisters have worked with Stones and Who producer Glyn Johns, as well as Laura Marling and Ryan Adams producer Ethan Johns. In addition to their three albums and several EPs, The Staves have headlined tours across North America and Europe and performed on tours with Bon Iver, Florence and the Machine, Angus and Julia Stone, and The Civil Wars. The New York Times said of their 2015 Vernon–produced Nonesuch debut, If I Was, “the songs are illuminated from within,” and Magnet said, “The perfection just goes on and on until you start to wonder: Are they human?”

    Hailed by Performance Today’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic comprises six New York City instrumentalists—violinist Rob Moose, violist Nadia Sirota, cellist Gabriel Cabezas, clarinettist Hideki Aomori, flutist Alex Sopp, and trumpeter CJ Camerieri—flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators—from Paul Simon to Ben Folds to José González—and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman. 

    The Way Is Read

    Hopeless
    Take Me Home
    Trouble on My Mind
    Bladed Stance
    All My Life
    Silent Side
    Year of the Dog
    Courting Is A Pleasure
    All The Times You Prayed
    Appetite
    Sprig of Thyme
    The Way Is Read

  • 01 Feb 2017

    The Staves to play London's Bushstock Festival

    THE STAVES AMONGST FIRST NAMES ANNOUNCED FOR BUSHSTOCK 2017
    TICKETS ON SALE NOW, HERE



    Bushstock will once again return to West London for one day of live music at various venues around Shepherd’s Bush, London, on Saturday 10th June 2017.

    The festival offers an opportunity to see established names alongside some of the most exciting up-and-coming talent. Established in 2010, Bushstock is now in its 7th year and has gained a reputation for be-ing “a Shangri-La of new music” (The Line of Best Fit), as well as a nomination for Best Independ-ent Festival at the 2016 Aim Awards.

    Curated by Communion Presents, the lineup for 2017 promises to be bigger and even better than last year’s sold out event, which saw memorable performances from the likes of Shura, The Big Moon, Bear’s Den, Shells, Seramic, Rationale, Dan Croll, and Charlie Cunningham to name just a few.

    The Staves are today revealed as the first headliner for Bushstock 2017. This will be an anticipated per-formance from the sisters who’s last London show was their sold out night at the Roundhouse in 2015.

    Joining The Staves on the lineup this year will be Áine Cahil, Basia Bulat, FOURS, Gordi, Jade Bird, Krusoe, Liv Dawson, Palace Winter, and Ten Tonnes. With many, many more to be an-nounced.

    Super Early Bird and Early Bird tickets for Bushstock 2017 are already sold out. Tier 1 tickets, priced at £30.00, are on sale now here.

    Details on all the unique venues involved with the festival this year will also be announced soon.

    For more information, head to bushstock.co.uk and follow the festival on Twitter (@BushstockFest), Facebook (@BushstockFestival), and Instagram (@Bushstock) for all the very latest news and develop-ments.

  • 01 Nov 2016

    Spring 2017 North American Tour

    The road is a relentless mistress and she's beckoning us once more. How can we refuse such a persistent mega babe? So, we will be heading out to explore more of North America on tour in 2017. Come and see us, why don't ya?

    FEBRUARY
    16 Seattle WA Tractor Tavern
    17 Vancouver BC Fortune Sound Club
    18 Portland OR Wonder Ballroom
    20 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall
    22 Los Angeles CA Troubadour
    24 San Diego CA Casbah San Diego
    25 Tucson AZ Club Congress
    26 Phoenix AZ Valley Bar
    28 Austin TX Antone's

    MARCH
    01 Dallas TX The Kessler
    03 New Orleans LA Gasa Gasa
    04 Birmingham AL The Syndicate Lounge
    05 Nashville TN 3rd & Lindsley Nashville
    06 Louisville KY The New Vintage
    08 Pittsburgh PA The Club at Stage AE
    09 Philadelphia PA World Cafe Live
    10 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
    13 Boston MA The Sinclair
    14 Montreal QC Théâtre Fairmount
    15 Ottawa ON Zaphod Beeblebrox
    17 Toronto ON The Phoenix Concert Theatre

    Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to get tickets. Everyone else can get theirs this Friday 4 November at 10AM EST!

    Love E, J & C xxx

  • 23 Aug 2016

    November US Shows Announced

    Now that we are fully addicted to cheese curds and beer, it’s becoming increasingly hard for us to leave the mid-west. So, we’ve decided to play some music shows in November just for y’all.



    Tickets for La Crosse available Friday 9 November at 10am CST.

    You should come and see us. It’ll be fun. We promise.

  • 13 May 2016

    Sleeping In A Car EP OUT NOW

    “These songs reflect the transient nature of travelling. Fleeting moments, like a slide show—reflections in car windows, street lights passing in rhythm, stolen phone calls, late nights. Feelings of displacement and a disconnect— living in some sort of alternate state of reality. But underneath it all is the feeling of adventure and making your own rules and how dizzying and freeing that can be.”

    The 'Sleeping In A Car' EP is Out Now.
    iTunes: http://smarturl.it/SleepingInACar.iT
    Spotify: http://hyperurl.co/SIACSpot

  • 09 May 2016

    Win tickets to see The Staves at Guy Garvey's Meltdown

    We are so excited to be a part of Guy Garvey’s Meltdown on 14 June. This is our only UK date this summer, and we're going to make it a really special one.

    You can win tickets by sharing with us your own personal meltdown. Missed the last train home? Just made tea and discovered you're out of milk? Stepped in dog shit? Send us a photo and two tickets could be yours.

    As an example, here's a picture of Nicolas Cage having a meltdown.



    Simply post in our Facebook comments, Tweet us @thestaves or Instagram your moment with the hashtag #MyMeltdown to enter. We’ll announce the winner and post our favourite shots on Friday 10 June.

  • 04 May 2016

    US/Canada Tour Poster Competition

    Every gig is different. Every city is different. And we think every poster should be different too. But we need your help! Can you design us a super rad poster? The winning design for each city will get 2x tickets to a gig of their choice, receive a signed copy of their poster, and have their design printed and sold as a limited edition poster at their hometown gig with all proceeds going to charity.

    All entries need to be submitted to stavestourposter@gmail.com by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday 29 May, 2016. All posters must include the following information: The Staves, City Name, Venue Name and Date of the show. Winners will be contacted by 1:00 PM EST on Wednesday 1 June. Here is a reminder of where we’ll be playing:

    The Staves North American Tour

    JUNE 2016

    3 – The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN

    4 – High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI (18+)

    5 – Club Garibaldi's, Milwaukee, WI (21+)

    6 – Lincoln Hall + Schubas + Schubas, Chicago, IL (21+)

    8 – The Pike Room, Pontiac, MI (All Ages)

    9 – Lee's Palace, Toronto, ON (19+)

    10 – Bar Le Ritz PDB, Montreal, QC (18+)

    16 – The Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (18+)

    17 – Baby's All Right, Brooklyn, NY (21+)

    20 – Rock And Roll Hotel, Washington, D.C. (All Ages)

    21 – Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC (All Ages)

    23 – Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA (18+)

    24 – The High Watt, Nashville, TN (18+)

    25 – Off Broadway St Louis Mo, St. Louis, MO (All Ages)

    26 – The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO (21+)

    *Please note that all entries must be at least 18 years of age OR the age of entry listed above for their respective city in order to enter the competition.

  • 03 May 2016

    Sleeping In A Car EP

    We made these three songs. They mean a lot to us and we are looking forward to sending them out into the world. We hope you enjoy them.


    Sleeping In A Car will be released on 13 May. It is available to pre-order digitally from iTunes​ and the Nonesuch Store.

    Physical CDs will be available exclusively at our shows this summer.

    For more information, visit: http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/staves-release-three-track-ep-sleeping-car-may-13-tour-north-america-june-2016-05-02