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Nonesuch Records President Bob Hurwitz Announces Gradual Departure

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Bob Hurwitz, President of Nonesuch Records, speaks at a benefit concert for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) on Aug. 26, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Bob Hurwitz, head of Nonesuch Records for the past 31 years (the label passed the half-century mark in 2014), has announced a long-lead exit from the label that will take place through next year, and conclude with Hurwitz becoming chairman emeritus in January, 2017.

 “I have been at Nonesuch for 31 years," says Hurwitz in a statement, "and during that time there has not been a single occasion when someone said, ‘You have to sign this artist; you can't sign that artist; you have to change that record; you can't let the artist do this or that; you have to drop this artist.’ Not once was there any creative interference. Instead, on the Warner Bros., Elektra, and corporate sides, there has been trust and support; and on our side, taking our responsibility with utmost seriousness. I have nothing but tremendous gratitude to have had the rare opportunity to operate in this manner.”
 
“I think it’s the right time to give up my day-to-day responsibilities to my wonderful colleagues, all of whom have a great love of music, as well as the intelligence and talent needed for Nonesuch to thrive. And I am grateful to still be involved with them, especially the part of the job that I have loved the most -- signing performers and composers, making records, and being involved with the living artists who mean the most to me."

Hurwitz was key in bringing artists like Steve Reich, Philip Glass, John Zorn and the Kronos Quartet -- all legends now -- to the label in the mid-'80s. More recently the label has released Johnny Greenwood's film soundtrack work (There Will Be Blood, The Master), The Black Keys (El Camino), and Wilco's seminal Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

"It was only when I joined Warner Brothers Records that I was lucky enough to experience first-hand Bob's determination to maintain the highest standard of quality at every step of the creative process, from signing to recording to packaging to marketing," Warner Bros Records chairman and CEO Cameron Strang says. "I echo Steve [Cooper]'s thankfulness that Bob will remain an active force at the label, and that David Bither, Peter Clancy, and the rest of Bob's handpicked Nonesuch team will be there to carry the torch."

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