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Lang Lang and Andra Day premiere: 'Empire State of Mind' / Town & Country exclusive

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Lang Lang, the 34-year-old piano phenomenon, was born in China and has played extensively around the world, but his heart belongs to New York City. It's a feeling made abundantly clear on his forthcoming album New York Rhapsody, which was inspired by E.B. White's legendary essay "Here is New York," and features songs-from Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" to Lou Reed's "Dirty Blvd."-that celebrate the city with help from contributors including Herbie Hancock, Jeffrey Wright, Madeleine Peyroux and more. "I made this album," Lang Lang says, "because I wanted to pay homage to the city that I love."

New York, it seems, feels similarly about Lang Lang. He was recently appointed the city's cultural-tourism ambassador a part of a partnership between New York City and Shanghai to promote travel between the two metropolises.

Town & Country has an exclusive premiere of Lang Lang's version of the Alicia Keys song "Empire State of Mind," featuring vocals by Andra Day. WATCH THE VIDEO

 

 

 

New York Rhapsody is available for pre-order now at Amazon and iTunes.