Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens’s latest album, there is no Other, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, is set for release on May 3, 2019 with Nonesuch Records.
Produced by Joe Henry, it primarily features only Giddens and Turrisi playing one or two instruments together. The album comprises a mix of original songs by Giddens and a diverse set of interpretations ranging from Ola Belle Reed’s ‘Letter’, and Oscar Brown, Jr’s ‘Brown Baby’ to the Italian traditional ‘Pizzica di San Vito’.
Tracked over an intensely productive five-day period in Dublin, Ireland, there is no Other is at once a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience.
Tracing the overlooked movement of sounds from Africa and the Arabic world and their influence on European music, there is no Other illuminates the universality of music and the commonality of the human experience.