Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi
Grammy and MacArthur award winner Rhiannon Giddens curates and hosts two evenings at NCH in this new occasional series creating evenings exploring her musical and cultural insights.
The acclaimed musician Rhiannon Giddens uses her art to excavate the past and reveal bold truths about our present. A MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, Giddens co-founded the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, and she has been nominated for six additional Grammys for her work as a soloist and collaborator. She was most recently nominated for her collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, there is no Other (2019). Giddens’s latest album, They’re Calling Me Home, is a twelve-track album, recorded with Turrisi in Ireland during the recent lockdown; it speaks of the longing for the comfort of home as well as the metaphorical “call home” of death, which has been a tragic reality for so many during the COVID-19 crisis.
For this NCH performance they will be joined by flute, uilleann pipes and fiddle player Emer Mayock and guitarist Niwel Tsumbu who feature on Giddens’ and Turrisi’s latest album They’re Calling Me Home (Nonesuch, 2021).