The MusicNOW: 10 Years compilation coincides with the 10th edition of the eclectic music festival of the same name. Founded in 2006 by Bryce Dessner of The National, MusicNOW Festival set out with a mission to present the best in contemporary music, offer artists an opportunity to take risks, commission new work and attempt innovative collaborations
The 16 track live album includes festival-only surprises like Fleet Foxes'
leader Robin Pecknold
playing the traditional song “Silver Dagger” for the first time, the debut performance of Grizzly Bear's “While You Wait for the Others”, the premiere of Sufjan Stevens' “The Owl & The Tanager”, as well as collaborations featuring Owen Pallett, Justin Vernon, Sharon van Etten, Tinariwen and Dirty Projectors.
“Many of my most significant memories as a musician have taken place in Cincinnati during the MusicNOW Festival over the last 10 years,” says founder Bryce Dessner. “When we started, we were driven to create an intimate music festival that was as much a creative refuge for the artists as it is for the audience to partake in intimate and rare performances. We have celebrated works in progress and new commissions, new collaborations and detailed music of all kinds regardless of genre or popularity.”