Joanna Newson at the Sasquatch Music Festival, Washington. May 2005. 2005. Photo Shawn Anderson.
|Born||January 18, 1982 in Nevada City, California|
|Genre(s)||folk, experimental, Naturalismo|
|Instrument(s)||harp, piano, harpsichord|
Joanna Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American harpist, pianist, harpsichordist, singer and songwriter from Nevada City, California. Events 350 - Generallus Magnentius deposes Roman Emperor Constans and proclaims himself Emperor Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) Nevada City (formerly Deer Creek Dry Diggins, and Caldwell's Upper Store) is the County seat of Nevada County, California, USA 60 California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Folk music can have a number of different meanings including Traditional music: The original meaning of the term "folk music" was synonymous Experimental music is a term introduced by composer John Cage in 1955 Freak folk is a genre of Folk music associated with contemporary artists like Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Hecuba, Akron/Family A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. The harp is a Stringed instrument which has the plane of its strings positioned perpendicular to the soundboard. The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers A harpsichord is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Drag City is a Chicago -based Independent record label. It was established with a Royal Trux release in 1989 in Chicago Illinois Events 350 - Generallus Magnentius deposes Roman Emperor Constans and proclaims himself Emperor Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) Nevada City (formerly Deer Creek Dry Diggins, and Caldwell's Upper Store) is the County seat of Nevada County, California, USA 60
Newsom was first taught to play the Celtic harp by a local teacher in Nevada City. The harp is a Stringed instrument which has the plane of its strings positioned perpendicular to the soundboard. Later on she moved on to the pedal harp and started composing. The pedal harp (also known as the concert harp) is a large and technically modern Harp, designed for Classical music and played either solo as part of
Newsom studied composition and creative writing at Mills College, Oakland, California. Mills College is an independent liberal arts women's college founded in 1852 that offers Oakland (ˈoʊklənd founded in 1852 is the eighth-largest city in the U
After touring with Will Oldham, she was quickly signed to Drag City and released her debut album The Milk-Eyed Mender in 2004. Will Oldham, aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (born 24 December 1970 in Louisville Kentucky) is an American Singer, Songwriter, Drag City is a Chicago -based Independent record label. It was established with a Royal Trux release in 1989 in Chicago Illinois The Milk-Eyed Mender is the debut Album by American Singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom, released on March 23, 2004 One song from the album, Bridges and Balloons, was covered by The Decemberists on their EP Picaresqueties. An extended play ( EP) is a Vinyl record, CD, or Music download which contains more music than a single, but is too short to qualify Picaresqueties is a five-track EP released by the band The Decemberists as a companion disc to the double- vinyl edition of their LP Another song from the album, Sprout and the Bean, has been covered by The Moscow Coup Attempt and Sholi. Sholi is an indie/alternative/experimental rock band that originated in Davis California, and now has members dispersed throughout the Bay Area "Peach Plum Pear" has been covered in concert by Owen Pallett who performs as Final Fantasy. Michael James Owen Pallett (born on September 7, 1979) is a Violinist and singer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Shortly thereafter, Newsom toured with Devendra Banhart and Vetiver. Devendra Banhart (born May 30 1981) is a Venezuelan - American Folk rock Singer-songwriter and Musician. Vetiver is an American Folk band headed by songwriter Andy Cabic and often joined by Devendra Banhart, cellist Alissa Anderson drummer Otto Hauser
Newsom's work has become prominent on the indie rock scene, and her profile has risen, in part due to a number of live shows and appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel Live! is an American late-night Talk show, created and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast on ABC. The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network.
Her second album Ys was released in November 2006. Ys (ˈiːs is the second Album by Joanna Newsom. It was released by Drag City on November 14, 2006 (see 2006 The album features orchestrations and arrangements by Van Dyke Parks, engineering from Steve Albini, and mixing by Drag City label-mate Jim O'Rourke. The combination of resistance from the group and their record company and Wilson's growing mental health problems and spiraling drug use led Parks to quit the project in early 1967 Steven Frank Albini (born July 22, 1962) is an American Audio engineer, singer songwriter Guitarist, and music journalist Jim O'Rourke (born January 18, 1969) is an American musician and producer On a road trip, Bill Callahan recommended she listen to the album Song Cycle by Parks, which led to his being chosen to arrange her work on Ys. Bill Callahan (born 1966 also known as Smog and (Smog, is an American Singer-songwriter born in Silver Spring Maryland. Song Cycle is a 1968 album by Van Dyke Parks, known for its high ambition gigantic budget for the era (it is still one of the most expensive albums ever made
The album Ys went on to rank 3rd in Pitchfork's Top Albums of 2006, and "Emily" the first track on the album was listed 9th on the website's Top Tracks of 2006. Pitchfork Media, usually known simply as Pitchfork, is a Chicago -based daily Internet publication devoted to music criticism and commentary As well as this, the album scored 'perfect' reviews with The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, Uncut magazine and PopMatters. com, all of whom gave the album either a 5/5 or 10/10 review.
During her 2007 fall tour, Newsom began performing a new as yet untitled 7-and-a-half-minute song. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. In January 2008, Newsom debuted another new composition in Sydney, Australia. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common
Alongside her solo material she has played on records by Smog, Vetiver, Nervous Cop, The Year Zero, Vashti Bunyan, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Golden Shoulders and played keyboards for The Pleased. Bill Callahan (born 1966 also known as Smog and (Smog, is an American Singer-songwriter born in Silver Spring Maryland. Vetiver is an American Folk band headed by songwriter Andy Cabic and often joined by Devendra Banhart, cellist Alissa Anderson drummer Otto Hauser Vashti Bunyan (born 1945 is an English singer-songwriter Following the release of her 1970 debut LP Just Another Diamond Day, Bunyan disappeared from the The Sydney Symphony is a Symphony orchestra based in Sydney, Australia. Golden Shoulders is a band from Nevada City California. Formed in 2001 by songwriter Adam Kline the group operates with a rotating lineup and has featured significant
Although her harp playing is not completely divorced from conventional harp techniques, she considers her style distinct from that of classically focused harpists. She has been strongly influenced by the polymetric style of playing used by West African kora players. The kora is a 21- string Harp - Lute used extensively by peoples in West Africa.  Her harp teacher, Diana Stork, taught her the basic pattern of four beats against three, which creates an interlocking, shifting pattern that can be heard on Ys, particularly in the middle section of "Sawdust & Diamonds". Ys (ˈiːs is the second Album by Joanna Newsom. It was released by Drag City on November 14, 2006 (see 2006
The media have sometimes labeled her as one of the most prominent members of the modern psych folk movement, although she does not acknowledge ties to any particular musical scene. Psychedelic folk or Psych folk is a Music genre that is a blending of Folk music and Psychedelic rock or pop  Her songwriting incorporates elements of Appalachian music, avant-garde modernism, and African kora rhythms. Old-time music is a form of North American Folk music, with roots in the Folk musics of many countries including England, Scotland,
Newsom's vocal style (in the November 2006 issue of The Wire she described her voice as "untrainable"), has shadings of folk and Appalachian shaped-note timbres. The Wire is a British Avant garde music Magazine, founded in 1982 by jazz promoter Anthony Wood and journalist Chrissie Murray Newsom has, however, expressed disappointment at comments that her singing is "child-like". 
Newsom's family includes her brother Pete, a fellow musician, and sister Emily, an astrophysicist who inspired her song "Emily" (and contributed backing vocals).  She is also the 2nd cousin (once removed) of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning "greater" is a modern title used in many countries for the highest ranking officer in a municipal government Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10 1967 is the current mayor of San Francisco.  She has been linked romantically to Bill Callahan and Andy Samberg of SNL fame . Bill Callahan (born 1966 also known as Smog and (Smog, is an American Singer-songwriter born in Silver Spring Maryland. David Andrew "Andy" Samberg (born August 18 1978 is an American stand-up comic, and member of comedy group The Lonely Island. Saturday Night Live ( SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute American Sketch comedy / Variety show based in New York City