We are so happy to announce that we will be playing a benefit to help Cooperative for Education launch their Thousand Girls Initiative on October 16th at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Cooperative for Education was started by Matt’s cousins, Joe and Jeff Berninger, and the Thousand Girls Initiative represents a major program expansion for the organization. Proceeds will go to supporting Cooperative for Education’s efforts to improve the education of girls in Guatemala.
We hope you can join us for this special event to help an organization that is near and dear to our hearts. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 21st, at 10 am PDT here.
Benefit at the Troubadour to launch Cooperative for Education’s Thousand Girls Initiative
We’re very happy to announce that we’ll be headlining Treasure Island Music Festival happening October 17 + 18 in San Francisco! Tickets go on sale June 11th at 10am PST here. Hope to see you there!
Treasure Island Music Festival
We are very excited to let you know that we’ll be releasing a limited edition, vinyl only boxed set of A Lot of Sorrow, our MoMA PS1 collaboration with artist Ragnar Kjartansson. This boxed set contains the entire 6 hour live performance of “Sorrow” across 9 pieces of clear vinyl. The records are packaged inside of clear sleeves and held in a translucent, screen printed box. You can see photos of the package and pre-order at www.alotofsorrow.com. All profits will be donated to Partners in Health, an organization dedicated to improving the health of impoverished people worldwide.
April 30, 2015 – Santiago de Compostela, Spain
May 2, 2015 – Murcia, Spain
July 17 & 18, 2015 – Eaux Claires Festival, Eau Claire, WI
Bryce’s composition, “Music for Wood and Strings,” will be released by Brassland on May 19th. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall and written for So Percussion, “Music for Wood and Strings” is performed on four amplified, dulcimer-like chord sticks. The chord sticks, which were built by Aron Sanchez of Buke and Gase, each have eight strings that are tuned to a pair of chords and were designed specifically for this piece of music. You can learn more about this unique work here.
Armed with a single microphone and an iPhone, Bryan has been recording material for a new project called Pfarmers. The album was created with friends of The National, David Nelson and Danny Seim, along with a face-melting guest appearance by Shugo Tokumaru on electric guitar. Danny says: “The record is about a dream I had where I’m reluctantly accepting a fear of drowning by focusing on being reincarnated as a giant Gunnera plant, which thrive on the banks of rivers (specifically the Jordan River, i.e., the Biblical promised land) after I paint myself gold and sink to the bottom like the El Dorado of South American folklore.” Amen! Listen to “The Ol’ River Gang” and pre-order here.
A Lot of Sorrow Boxed Set
Today, in celebration of Mistaken for Strangers being available for rental and purchase on VHX all over the world, we want to share a song called “Sunshine on My Back” with you. If you visit www.mistakenforstrangersmovie.com and order the film from The National, you can receive “Sunshine on My Back” for free with the film. The song was recorded during the Trouble Will Find Me Sessions and Sharon van Etten provides guest vocals.
We’ve also made the song available on other outlets so those of you who have already seen the movie can enjoy!
Sunshine on My Back
Very happy that The National will be a part of Bryce Dessner’s MusicNOW Festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary March 11 – 15 in Cincinnati. We’ll be performing on March 13th and the whole weekend is full of amazing artists. More info here.
Matt and Tom want to invite anyone in the Los Angeles area to a special screening of Mistaken For Strangers. The film will be playing at the Laemmle Music Hall for a week starting this Friday. Both Matt and Tom will be there in person after the 7:10pm and 9:30pm shows on Friday and Saturday to answer your questions and solve a few mysteries. Tickets are available here
Mistaken For Strangers LA Screenings Dec. 5-11
We’re very happy to announce that Mistaken for Strangers will be premiering in Russia this Thursday October 16th as a part of The Beat Film Festival. Over the next few weeks it will play in over 30 different Russian cities. Check here for a full list of screenings.
Mistaken For Strangers Comes to Russia!
Our song “Heavenfaced” is in the new trailer for The Theory of Everything. Check it out above.