by Tift Merritt


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Pianist SIMONE DINNERSTEIN and singer-songwriter TIFT MERRITT join forces for the first time on NIGHT , a unique collaboration uniting the folk, Americana and classical worlds, exploring common terrain and uncovering new musical landscapes. Dinnerstein and Merritt, who met in 2008 when they were set up for an interview for Gramophone magazine and Merritt’s own radio show, “The Spark with Tift Merritt,” have been performing and honing the material for NIGHT since 2010. Though Dinnerstein (a Juilliard-trained classical pianist from Brooklyn) and Tift Merri tt (a singer-songwriter from North Carolina whose father taught her to play by ear) could not come from more different musical backgrounds, when they met, they immediately realized that their passion for music and performance were the same.

On the process of creating this work together, Merritt says, “We were coming from completely different directions and taking the risk of extending ourselves into foreign territory to find each other. We both felt very exposed and vulnerable but in very opposite ways and places. And, that risk, ultimately , was very exciting.” Dinnerstein adds, “This album has been about pushing our creative boundaries.”

NIGHT features new songs written especially for the duo by Brad Mehldau and Patty Griffin, along with Tift’s own songs as well as classical select ions. The album also includes the world-premiere recording of The Cohen Variations by Daniel Felsenfeld, based on one of Simone’s favorite so ngs, Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/2013
Label: Sony Classics
UPC: 0886919765724
catalogNumber: 197657

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tift Merritt   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Interviewee
Simone Dinnerstein   Piano,Interviewee

Technical Credits

Henry Purcell   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Leonard Cohen   Original Material
Nina Simone   Arranger
Johann Sebastian Bach   Original Material
Billie Holiday   Composer
Patty Griffin   Composer
Brad Mehldau   Composer
Johnny Nash   Composer
Adam Abeshouse   Engineer,Recording Producer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Josee Begaud   Liner Note Translation
Jenny Scheinman   Arranger,Musical Adaptation
Tift Merritt   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Daniel Felsenfeld   Composer
Simone Dinnerstein   Arranger,Producer
Alexander Siloti   Composer
British Isles Traditional   Composer
Geertje Lenkeit   Liner Note Translation
American Traditional   Composer
Tessa Fanelsa   Executive Producer

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