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 Jun 13: BBC Radio 2 presents 'Girl on Guitar' feature on Joni

Joni Mitchell is one of only two women to have made it onto Rolling Stone magazine's '100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time'. She's received eight Grammys and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award - the citation on which called her "one of the most important female recording artists of the rock era" and "a powerful influence on all artists who embrace diversity, imagination and integrity".

The programme (to be broadcast June 30) includes the music that influenced her, her love of art, and examines how she writes her songs - as well as reflecting on her eclectic and prolific back catalogue.

Joni writes lyrics that speak to the listener and in a career spanning over five decades she's produced folk, jazz and electronic influenced work which is known and loved around the world.

But it's for her guitar playing that many fans love her, and many fellow musicians look up to her. Almost every song Joni has written on the guitar uses non-standard tuning. This and her highly rhythmic strumming style creates a rich and unique guitar sound.

Originally Joni tried to teach herself how to play from a Pete Seeger songbook. She never finished the book - her left hand had been weakened by polio, and some of the fingerings were difficult. Joni didn't give up though - she started to create alternative tunings that allowed her to play each song. The programme features a demonstration of how those tunings were achieved.

Contributors include legendary folk singer Judy Collins who had hits with Joni's 'Both Sides Now' and 'Circle Game', synth-pop producer Thomas Dolby who worked with Joni in the 1980s, musician Max Bennett who worked on her earlier albums and toured with her, TV and Radio Producer Trevor Dann who profiled Joni for the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test, cultural commentator Kate Mossman and musicians Jennifer Crook and Eddi Reader.

More info here.
 

 May 11: New book on Joni

Coming in September, a new book on Joni by Malka Marom. See the details here.
 

 Feb 1: Signed edition of new book sold out

The signed edition of the Joni Mitchell: Complete So Far book sold out in a matter of minutes. There were only 50 copies. The unsigned books will come available soon. Click through at this link to save money on the book, and help support the website at the same time.
 

 Dec 17: Coming late January 2014: Joni Mitchell -- Complete So Far

Joni Mitchell: Complete So Far contains 167 songs drawn from her 18 landmark studio albums. The songs and lyrics are transcribed accurately and include Joni’s critical guitar tunings (over 40 are cataloged in the book). This collectible hard cover, 512 page book contains a beautiful photo section, a foreword about Joni’s ground breaking guitar style and an extensively cross-referenced Tuning Index for those in search of a deeper understanding of her approach to guitar.

Retail price is $64.99.
50 limited autographed editions will also be available for $300 each.

Order your copy here, through the website - save money and help support JoniMitchell.com at the same time!
 

 Dec 11: Joni Mitchell Ballet Postponed

The Joni Mitchell World Premiere Ballet presented by Alberta Ballet has been postponed. Joni Mitchell has come to the conclusion that she cannot produce a song list that encompasses all that she needs to say about the theme of Love in one ballet. Joni Mitchell has never been known for compromising when it comes to her art and music, and this is no exception.
 

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 Laurie Antonioli CD Release party, San Francisco, Sept 28

Fearless Bay Area vocalist Laurie Antonioli has never shied away from plunging into jazz’s deepest pools. She’s raced through bebop steeplechases with cult saxophonist Pony Poindexter, collaborated with Bobby McFerrin during his formative San Francisco years, performed and collaborated with tenor sax legend Joe Henderson, and recorded a breathtaking duo album with pianist Richie Beirach, just for starters. With her latest project, Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light, Antonioli plumbs new emotional depths exploring her earliest musical inspiration, the vividly confessional songs of Joni Mitchell.

An internationally acclaimed jazz singer and influential educator, Antonioli doesn’t just interpret Mitchell’s music, she unveils unexpected emotional insights and uncovers submerged musical ideas while turning each song into her own revelatory tale. “Joni’s music is such a part of me, it’s like a second skin,” says Antonioli. “So is jazz, of course, but this goes even deeper. It’s where I started. You can hear how much she has influenced me now that I’ve come out with this recording.”

Mitchell’s songs have been so widely embraced by jazz singers in recent years that her music is ready for inclusion as the most contemporary chapter of the American Songbook. Part of what sets Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light apart is that Antonioli approaches Mitchell’s music as a jazz artist who leads a working band that, together, retains their group sound while also paying homage to a widely-known repertoire of music. This same band is also featured on her critically acclaimed 2010 album American Dreams (Intrinsic Music).

This concert will celebrate the release of Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light (Origin Records). The band on the recording is also the same band that will be on stage for a set of music featuring songs from the new CD. Joni Mitchell fans have attended the sold out “Joni” shows and have loved the new spin on familiar songs like “Woman of Heart and Mind,” “Both Sides Now,” and “River,” to name a few. The jazz musicians in the band are among the most revered in the Bay Area and are composers, bandleaders and first call sidemen. Together, the “American Dreams Band” is a cohesive, exciting and passionate collection of musicians – together creating a soundscape that enhances Ms. Antonioli’s interpretations of songs that defined a generation.

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 Back to the Garden, New York City, October 4

Sat, Oct 4 9:30pm Doors 8:45pm Buy Tickets *Tickets on the day of performance after 2:00pm are only available by calling 646.476.3551.

After a sold out performance this spring, Back to the Garden returns to 54 Below! Back to the Garden celebrates folk-rock trailblazers Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Laura Nyro. Challenged by the traditional images of women in the music industry, they bravely explored territory outside the accepted confines of popular music. These prolific singer-songwriters paved the way for women in music, art and life. Back to the Garden pays tribute to these women, their influence and inspiration. Featuring Melissa Hammans (Company, Smokey Joe’s Cafe), Shaleah Adkisson (Hair, Rent), and Maddy Wyatt (Band of Wyatt). Directed by Amy Jones (Good Ol’ Girls, Broadway Backwards). Musical Direction by Debra Barsha (Jersey Boys, Radiant Baby). More info
 

 Robin & The Mutts perform 'Mingus', San Diego, Nov 8

On the day after Joni Mitchell’s 71st birthday, San Diego based band, Robin Adler and Mutts Of The Planet present “Mingus” – the extraordinary 1979 collaboration between Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus. It was to be Mingus’ farewell project before his passing, and it created much controversy among Mitchell’s fans who were unprepared for her full embrace of the jazz artform. It began her long association with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Peter Erskine and cemented her status as an uncompromising artist forever. San Diego’s top jazz musicians, Joshua White, Tripp Sprague, Rob Thorsen, and Duncan Moore will join Robin Adler and Dave Blackburn for this special concert 8PM at Dizzy’s in San Diego – $20 cover More info.
 
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