Jonathan Wilson stopping through Pittsburgh Feb 25

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photo: Shelby Duncan

Jonathan Wilson is hitting the road in the new year for an acoustic tour and will be stopping through Pittsburgh on Monday, February 25th to perform at First Unitarian Church.

Jonathan Wilson has videos for “Me,” “Trafalgar Square” and Sunset Boulevard,” all of which are taken from his acclaimed album Rare Birds. Watch recent performances on CBS This Morning: “Over the Midnight” & “Sunset Boulevard” and “There Is A Light” on Conan.
Speaking on the origins of the song and video  for “Me”, Wilson explains: “The song ‘Me’ is a journey into myself, a self-questioning piece of music, where I ask “Have I sang of peace at least?”, “Have I helped my fellow man at all?” and “Where will we be when we are?” For the video, I teamed up with the amazing director Sam Kristofski and we shot on vintage 35 film stock in the Black dunes of Northern New Zealand. Sam’s idea was to have me high on the ridge witnessing my own burial, the use of mirrors and the baking sun were the only production elements when I finally dug my grave the heavy black sand was almost too intense to be fully buried in, we had to act quickly to get the shot. After that the video fades into the work of the amazing Mexico City-based animator Cossa, who uses sublime techniques to bring the burial into the afterlife, where I melt into quickly moving dimensions, symbols of eternal life, symbols of death, the Sun, and the moon and the ring it creates is the circle or loop that you get trapped in for all or eternity.”
Wilson’s third album Rare Birds – featuring collaborations with Father John Misty, Lucius, Laraaji and Lana Del Rey – was released March 2nd on Bella Union to rave reviews. A highly sought after record producer, North Carolina native Wilson recently produced Father John Misty’s GRAMMY winning Pure Comedy. He also saw widespread acclaim heaped on his production of Karen Elson’s sophomore LP Double Roses and Conor Oberst’s Upside Down Mountain.
Praise for Rare Birds:
“Rare Birds is easily Wilson’s most lavishly orchestrated work… At once cosmic and chillingly immediate, Rare Birds shows Wilson exploring the many possible outcomes of that old equation of inspiration – heartbreak plus time equals art… He’s an utterly original and irreverent thinker who’s evolving with blinding speed.” – NPR
Wilson’s latest nods at Zappa, Talk Talk, Peter Gabriel and The Byrds… Rare Birds unpacks a wealth of sonic detail… This feels like a record you could lose yourself in for months.” – MOJO
Rare Birds is a strikingly original, complex and inspired work, one that requires your attention and rewards repeated spins.” – American Songwriter
Tour Dates
2/17 | Nashville, TN @ Third & Lindsley
2/20 | Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head On Stage
2/21 | Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Stage
2/22 | Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
2/23 | New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall
2/25 | Pittsburgh, PA @ First Unitarian Church
3/08 | Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
3/09 | Boulder, CO @ eTown
3/13 | Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
3/14 | San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
3/15 | San Rafael, CA @ Terrapin Crossing
3/16 | Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Library
8/7-10 | Oslo, Norway | Oya Festival