LIVE IN WASHINGTON DC AVAILABLE ON DVD
If you’ve never been introduced to the music of Ani DiFranco, let her be the first to say “Hello, and thank you for coming” in this 90 minute live concert DVD of her Washington, DC shows in May, 2004. Joined for the occasional song by noted New York guitarist and sideman Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell, Sex Mob), Ani and upright bassist Todd Sickafoose take you on a musical journey there and back again.
Unlike Ani’s 2002 Render release, this DVD is a complete concert experience, shot over two days and seamlessly integrated by Danny Clinch, renowned photographer (Rolling Stone, Spin, The New York Times Magazine) and filmmaker (Ben Harper’s “Pleasure and Pain”, 2003 Bonnaroo documentary “270 Miles From Graceland”). With the help of cinematographers JoJo Pennebaker, Paul Greenhouse, and Elia Lyssy, Clinch captures the experience of these two days from all sides with a visual style as eclectic as Ani’s guitar tunings.
This live DVD also features new songs “Manhole,” “Modulation,” and “Knuckledown,” all from Ani’s upcoming studio album, scheduled for release in January 2005.
Including over twenty songs from the days of Not So Soft to her most recent Educated Guess, this film evokes the community and intimacy of your favorite Ani show. With words from Congressman Dennis Kucinich and an eye on the recent Vote Dammit! tour, Trust illustrates Ani DiFranco’s belief that the political is personal while she deftly draws you into a world of sound and substance.
See Ani DiFranco
Live in Dublin
November 5th at Mahony
Hall, The Helix
Ani Di Franco is a
songwriter, vocalist and guitarist perpetually on the move. From the raw
‘Folk Punk’ of her early albums through the jazz/funk grooves
she created during her years touring with a five-piece band to the twists
and turns of her current work as a solo artist. Ani’s restless creativity
continually leads her and her listeners into ever more exciting territory.
DIFRANCO TAKES “GOING SOLO” TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL ON HER NEW
ALBUM, EDUCATED GUESS
Album release date in Ireland: January 16, 2004
Ani DiFranco has been “on her own” for a long time. But not since the release of her second album back in 1991 has she been quite as much a solo act as she is on her latest CD, Educated Guess. On it, Ani not only plays all the instruments and provides the lead and backing vocals, but for the first time in her career she singlehandedly did all the recording and mixing. So if it weren’t for Greg Calbi (who mastered the album, as he has done with almost all of Ani’s recordings for the last decade), we would be talking about a one woman album. Educated Guess is truly a singular sensation.
Its contents are pretty singular, too. On songs like “Bubble” and “Swim,” the first-person narrator revisits past loves and reflects on the lessons learned from them. Elsewhere, particularly on the spoken-word track “Grand Canyon,” Ani addresses the oft-misunderstood connection between patriotism and dissent (“i love my country / by which i mean i am indebted joyfully / to all the people throughout its history / who have fought the government to make right”) and issues a rallying cry in support of “the coolest F-word ever”—feminism, which she sees as the birthright of men and women alike. The package also contains a small book including artwork by Ani and three additional poems currently unavailable anywhere else.
Educated Guess was recorded on vintage reel-to-reel equipment in a shotgun shack in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans and back home in Buffalo. Deliberately restricting herself to 8 tracks of audio and happy to incorporate such accidental accompaniment as falling rain and passing trains, Ani uses the self-imposed limitations of her minimal set-up the way poets embrace the formal restraints of a sonnet: as a vehicle for personal expression. The end result is an album as intimate and fresh as the very best of her work has always been.