Nonesuch Releases Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog Recording on October 23
Composer/musician/artist’s newest work coincides with theatrical release of Heart of a Dog film
“The new documentary/video diary from the downtown figure Laurie Anderson is a deep dive into existential, Eastern and other forms of meditative thinking, accompanied by a bevy of compelling images and musical passages. Though just 75 minutes, it's the kind of film you want to fall into and get lost in.” —Los Angeles Times
The complete soundtrack recording of Laurie Anderson’s newest piece, Heart of a Dog, is available from Nonesuch Records on October 23, 2015. Anderson was recently commissioned by the European TV network Arte to create a feature film—her first in 30 years. Her response was a personal essay entitled Heart of a Dog, a work encompassing joy and heartbreak and remembering and forgetting, at the heart of which is a lament for her late beloved dog Lolabelle. The Nonesuch album is the full audio recording of the film, including all music and spoken text, and is available to pre-order now on iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store. A limited-edition print autographed by Laurie Anderson is included with pre-orders in the Nonesuch Store while quantities last.
Heart of a Dog has been shown at the Telluride, Venice, Toronto, and San Sebastian Film Festivals to critical praise, with the New York Times calling it a “philosophically astute, emotionally charged meditation on death, love, art and dogs,” and New York magazine saying it is “one of the most moving and provocative films you’ll see this year.” The movie will be screened at the New York Film Festival on October 8, before opening theatrically at New York’s Film Forum October 21; visit the film’s site for details. It also will be shown on HBO in early 2016.
In addition to Anderson’s inimitably thoughtful narration, Heart of a Dog includes musical excerpts from several of her pieces—“The Lake” and “Flow” from Homeland (2010), “Beautiful Pea Green Boat” from Bright Red (1994), “Rhumba Club” from Life on a String (2001), excerpts from Landfall (2011) with Kronos Quartet—as well as the film’s closing song “Turning Time Around,” written and performed by Anderson’s late husband, Lou Reed.
From October 2 through 4, New York’s Park Avenue Armory presents Anderson’s complementary piece, Habeas Corpus—a site-specific work that interweaves film, sculpture, music, and video to examine the story of Mohammed el Gharani, one of the youngest detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Anderson recently wrote about the piece for the New Yorker. Open to the public during the day, the installation serves as a meditation on time, identity, surveillance, and freedom—themes also explored in Heart of a Dog. The evocative setting is also activated at night with a celebratory performance and dance party with Syrian singer Omar Souleyman, including a new sonic composition created by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs with Anderson.
Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Her work, which encompasses music, visual art, poetry, film, and photography, has challenged and delighted audiences around the world for more than 30 years. Anderson is best known for her multimedia presentations and musical recordings. Her tours have taken her around the world, where she has presented her work in small arts spaces and grand concert halls, and everywhere in between. She has numerous major works to her credit, along with countless collaborations with an array of artists, from Jonathan Demme and Brian Eno to Bill T. Jones and Peter Gabriel.
Anderson’s first single, “O Superman,” launched her recording career in 1981, rising to number two on the British pop charts and subsequently appearing on her landmark release Big Science. She went on to record six more albums with Warner Brothers. In 2001, Anderson released her first album with Nonesuch Records, the critically lauded Life on a String. Her subsequent releases on the label include Live in New York (2002), a reissue of Big Science (2007), and Homeland (2010).