In February 2003, Ani will be teaming up with Bob Dylan for a tour of Australia and New Zealand. Over the course of the month, the tour will touch down in several spots down under, including Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. In keeping with Ani’s recent back-to-basics approach, she’ll be performing solo throughout the tour. It’s the first time the two artists have toured together since 1997.
Ani was interviewed and performed on Democracy Now, a grassroots, independent radio show that is syndicated across the USA. The piece aired on Friday, December 13, 2002, but you can still listen to it at www.democracynow.org. (You can also download older Ani performances from the site!) Among the songs Ani performs are “Your Next Bold Move,” “Subdivision” and “Serpentine.” So fire up those fancy computers, and enjoy!
The double-disc compilation Respond II features songs from 32 revered female artists, with all proceeds going to Respond, Inc. and the Family Violence Prevention Fund, two organizations working to end domestic violence around the world. Ani contributes her song “So What” to the disc, which features Joan Baez, Indigo Girls, Aimee Mann, Erin McKeown and many others.
PBS has a new program called “EGG: The Arts Show,” which is premiering a piece called “The Voice,” a celebration of what the program calls “the most extraordinary musical instrument” - the human voice. The episode features appearances from Ani, the monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery, Sam Moore and others. To find out if “Egg” is airing in your local area (because it is not on nationwide yet),...
Ani’s cover of “The Poet Game” is featured on Going Driftless: An Artist’s Tribute To Greg Brown. Ani fans may be familiar with Brown, as he opened for Ani in 2001 at Carnegie Hall in NYC, and in Eugene, Oregon, on her current tour. The tribute to Brown features an all-star cast of female singer/songwriters, including Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin. Royalties generated by Going Driftless...
Ani is one of the many signers of the “Not In Our Name Statement of Conscience,” which appeared in a full-page ad in the New York Times on September 19. Here’s an excerpt from the statement: “Let it not be said that people in the United States did nothing when their government declared a war without limit and instituted stark new measures of repression.” Other signers of the statement...
On Friday, September 6, 2002, Ani was interviewed on the National Public Radio program “Morning Edition.” She discussed her new album So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter, and her recent poem “Self Evident.” To listen to the interview, go here. Happy listening!
For five years now, fans have been asking for a follow-up to Ani’s first live album, Living in Clip. This fall, the wait is over: The new double-disc CD So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter offers up 2 hours of music including 3 previously unrecorded songs and 20 more compositions from every phase of Ani’s career, all recorded with the beloved 6-piece band she toured with from 2000-2002. Like...