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  • September 4, 2019

    Gabriel Kahane begins his 2019–20 concert season with a performance of songs from his album Book of Travelers at the Honens Festival in Calgary on Friday. The season ahead brings several concerts featuring music from the album, including an evening with string quartet in Seattle and performances of Pattern of the Rail: Six Orchestral Songs from 'Book of Travelers' with Oregon Symphony, of which he was recently named Creative Chair, and Louisville Orchestra. Kahane's currently scheduled season culminates in a concert with Caroline Shaw and Attacca Quartet at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, in May.

  • August 28, 2019

    Gabriel Kahane has been appointed to the newly created post of Creative Chair at the Oregon Symphony through the 2021/22 Season. In addition to writing and performing three substantial works over the next three seasons, Kahane will serve as an advisor for contemporary programming on the Classical series. He will produce two new concert series: Open Music, a composer-driven chamber series to be held in smaller Portland venues, and an as yet unnamed indie concert series in which pop artists will collaborate with dynamic composers and orchestrators. 

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  • Composer, pianist, and singer Gabriel Kahane makes his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Book of Travelers on August 24, 2018; vinyl out September 7. The album comprises a musical travelogue Kahane wrote after the journey he embarked upon the day after the 2016 Presidential election: a looping, 8,980-mile railway journey through the United States. He left behind his cell phone and other internet-connected devices, spending the next two weeks with dozens of strangers whose stories are woven into the cycle. The music is drawn from a longer work that has been performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), among other venues, as 8980: Book of Travelers, a production conceived in collaboration with director Daniel Fish and designer Jim Findlay (set and video design) with lighting by Mark Barton. Pre-order Book of Travelers to download the album track "November" now and get a limited-edition signed print.

    Kahane wrote in the New York Times of his trip, which he planned before the election, and was going to take regardless of the outcome: "Where much of the digital world finds us sorting ourselves neatly into cultural and ideological silos, the train, in my experience, does precisely the opposite. It also acts, by some numinous, unseen force, as a kind of industrial-strength social lubricant. To be sure, I encountered people whose politics I found abhorrent, dangerous, and destructive, but in just about every instance, there was something about the person's relationship to family, and loyalty to family, that I found deeply moving. That ability to connect across an ideological divide seemed predicated on the fact that we were quite literally breaking bread together. Perhaps it also had something to do with the pace at which we traveled."

    Singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane has recorded critically-acclaimed albums including The Ambassador (called "one of the year's best" by Rolling Stone); The Fiction Issue, an album of his chamber music with string quartet Brooklyn Rider; and Where Are the Arms. The staged version of The Ambassador, directed by Tony-winner John Tiffany, was presented by BAM, CAP UCLA, and Carolina Performing Arts.

    As a composer of concert works, Kahane has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured his WPA-inspired Gabriel's Guide to the 48 States in 2013. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and A Far Cry. An avid theater artist, Kahane's musical February House, with playwright Seth Bockley, premiered at the Public Theater in 2012 and was recorded by the StorySound label. A two-time MacDowell Colony fellow, Kahane has performed and/or recorded with artists ranging from Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, Blake Mills, Chris Thile, and Brad Mehldau, to Jeremy Denk, yMusic, and John Adams. He is a graduate of Brown University and resides in Brooklyn.

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Sat, Oct 19
Morristown, NJ
Morristown United Methodist Church
Sat, Oct 19
Morristown, NJ
Morristown United Methodist Church
Sun, Oct 27
New York, NY
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
Sun, Oct 27
New York, NY
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
Sat, Nov 23
Seattle, WA
Meany Hall, University of Washington
Sat, Nov 23
Seattle, WA
Meany Hall, University of Washington
Sat, Dec 7
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Sat, Dec 7
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Sun, Dec 8
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Sun, Dec 8
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Mon, Dec 9
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Mon, Dec 9
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Wed, Jan 8
Louisville, KY
Venue TBD
Wed, Jan 8
Louisville, KY
Venue TBD
Thu, Jan 9
Louisville, KY
The Temple
Thu, Jan 9
Louisville, KY
The Temple
Sat, Feb 8
Luxembourg
Philharmonie
Sat, Feb 8
Luxembourg
Philharmonie
Tue, Feb 11
Angers
Le Quai
Tue, Feb 11
Angers
Le Quai
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Composer, pianist, and singer Gabriel Kahane's Nonesuch debut album, Book of Travelers comprises his musical travelogue about the looping railway journey across the US he embarked upon the day after the 2016 Presidential election. He left behind his cell phone and other internet-connected devices, spending the next two weeks with dozens of strangers whose stories are woven into the cycle. 

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Composer, pianist, and singer Gabriel Kahane makes his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Book of Travelers on August 24, 2018; vinyl out September 7. The album comprises a musical travelogue Kahane wrote after the journey he embarked upon the day after the 2016 Presidential election: a looping, 8,980-mile railway journey through the United States. He left behind his cell phone and other internet-connected devices, spending the next two weeks with dozens of strangers whose stories are woven into the cycle. The music is drawn from a longer work that has been performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), among other venues, as 8980: Book of Travelers, a production conceived in collaboration with director Daniel Fish and designer Jim Findlay (set and video design) with lighting by Mark Barton. Pre-order Book of Travelers to download the album track "November" now and get a limited-edition signed print.

Kahane wrote in the New York Times of his trip, which he planned before the election, and was going to take regardless of the outcome: "Where much of the digital world finds us sorting ourselves neatly into cultural and ideological silos, the train, in my experience, does precisely the opposite. It also acts, by some numinous, unseen force, as a kind of industrial-strength social lubricant. To be sure, I encountered people whose politics I found abhorrent, dangerous, and destructive, but in just about every instance, there was something about the person's relationship to family, and loyalty to family, that I found deeply moving. That ability to connect across an ideological divide seemed predicated on the fact that we were quite literally breaking bread together. Perhaps it also had something to do with the pace at which we traveled."

Singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane has recorded critically-acclaimed albums including The Ambassador (called "one of the year's best" by Rolling Stone); The Fiction Issue, an album of his chamber music with string quartet Brooklyn Rider; and Where Are the Arms. The staged version of The Ambassador, directed by Tony-winner John Tiffany, was presented by BAM, CAP UCLA, and Carolina Performing Arts.

As a composer of concert works, Kahane has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured his WPA-inspired Gabriel's Guide to the 48 States in 2013. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and A Far Cry. An avid theater artist, Kahane's musical February House, with playwright Seth Bockley, premiered at the Public Theater in 2012 and was recorded by the StorySound label. A two-time MacDowell Colony fellow, Kahane has performed and/or recorded with artists ranging from Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, Blake Mills, Chris Thile, and Brad Mehldau, to Jeremy Denk, yMusic, and John Adams. He is a graduate of Brown University and resides in Brooklyn.

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Tour

Sat, Oct 19
Morristown, NJ
Morristown United Methodist Church
Sat, Oct 19
Morristown, NJ
Morristown United Methodist Church
Sun, Oct 27
New York, NY
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
Sun, Oct 27
New York, NY
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
Sat, Nov 23
Seattle, WA
Meany Hall, University of Washington
Sat, Nov 23
Seattle, WA
Meany Hall, University of Washington
Sat, Dec 7
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Sat, Dec 7
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Sun, Dec 8
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Sun, Dec 8
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Mon, Dec 9
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Mon, Dec 9
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Wed, Jan 8
Louisville, KY
Venue TBD
Wed, Jan 8
Louisville, KY
Venue TBD
Thu, Jan 9
Louisville, KY
The Temple
Thu, Jan 9
Louisville, KY
The Temple
Sat, Feb 8
Luxembourg
Philharmonie
Sat, Feb 8
Luxembourg
Philharmonie
Tue, Feb 11
Angers
Le Quai
Tue, Feb 11
Angers
Le Quai
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