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Simone Dinnerstein and Tift Merritt discuss their collaboration on Night.
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt join forces in Night, a unique collaboration uniting folk, rock and classical worlds, exploring common terrain and uncovering new musical landscapes. Though Simone (a Juilliard-trained classical pianist from Brooklyn) and Tift (a singer-songwriter from North Carolina whose father taught her to play by ear) could not come from more different musical backgrounds, when the two met they immediately realized that their passion for music was kindred, if not the same. Night features new songs by Brad Mehldau and Patty Griffin, Tift's own songs, selections by Bach and Schubert, and The Cohen Variations by Daniel Felsenfeld, based on Leonard Cohen’s "Suzanne." Tift's and Simone's studio recording of Night will be released on Sony on March 19, 2013.