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    Gabriel Kahane's New Album, "Book of Travelers," Due August 24 on Nonesuch

    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 ten-song 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. In celebration of Book of Travelers, Kahane tours internationally this fall and winter; dates are below and at nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    Book of Travelers is available to preorder now from iTunes, Bandcamp, and the Nonesuch Store, where the album track "November" may be downloaded instantly; a video for "November" may be seen below. Pre-orders from Bandcamp and the Nonesuch Store include a limited-edition signed print. Book of Travelers will be available to stream at Apple Music and Spotify.

    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.

    GABRIEL KAHANE ON TOUR

    Sep 7 Bourbon & Branch Philadelphia, PA
    Sep 8 Jammin' Java Music Club & Cafe Vienna, VA
    Sep 9 Creative Alliance Baltimore, MD
    Sep 11 O Patro Vys Montreal, QC
    Sep 12 Higher Ground Showcase Lounge South Burlington, VT
    Sep 13 Auburn Public Theater Auburn, NY
    Sep 15 The Press Room Portsmouth, NH
    Sep 16 City Winery Boston, MA
    Sep 20 Murmrr Theatre Brooklyn, NY
         
    Oct 10 The Loft La Jolla, CA
    Oct 26&27 The Kennedy Center* Washington, DC
         
    Nov 2 Cactus Cafe Austin, TX
    Nov 3 The Cliburn Fort Worth, TX
    Nov 14 The Parkway Theater Minneapolis, MN
    Nov 17 The Back Room @ Colectivo Milwaukee, WI
    Nov 18 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
         
    Jan 26 Herbst Theatre San Francisco, CA
    Jan 29 Triple Door Seattle, WA
    Jan 30 The Old Church Portland, OR
         
    Feb 14 Alexander Hall, Princeton University** Princeton, NJ
         
    Apr 1&2 Théâtre de la Ville** Paris, FRANCE
    Apr 5&6 Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse** Lyon, FRANCE
         

    * w/Andrew Bird & National Symphony
    ** 8980: Book of Travelers

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Gabriel Kahane's New Album, "Book of Travelers," Due August 24 on Nonesuch

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Composer, pianist, and singer Gabriel Kahane makes his Nonesuch debut with the release of Book of Travelers on August 24, 2018; vinyl September 7. The album comprises his ten-song 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 two weeks with dozens of strangers whose stories are woven into the cycle. Pre-order to download the track "November" now and get a limited-edition signed print. Kahane tours this fall and winter.

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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 ten-song 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. In celebration of Book of Travelers, Kahane tours internationally this fall and winter; dates are below and at nonesuch.com/on-tour.

Book of Travelers is available to preorder now from iTunes, Bandcamp, and the Nonesuch Store, where the album track "November" may be downloaded instantly; a video for "November" may be seen below. Pre-orders from Bandcamp and the Nonesuch Store include a limited-edition signed print. Book of Travelers will be available to stream at Apple Music and Spotify.

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.

GABRIEL KAHANE ON TOUR

Sep 7 Bourbon & Branch Philadelphia, PA
Sep 8 Jammin' Java Music Club & Cafe Vienna, VA
Sep 9 Creative Alliance Baltimore, MD
Sep 11 O Patro Vys Montreal, QC
Sep 12 Higher Ground Showcase Lounge South Burlington, VT
Sep 13 Auburn Public Theater Auburn, NY
Sep 15 The Press Room Portsmouth, NH
Sep 16 City Winery Boston, MA
Sep 20 Murmrr Theatre Brooklyn, NY
     
Oct 10 The Loft La Jolla, CA
Oct 26&27 The Kennedy Center* Washington, DC
     
Nov 2 Cactus Cafe Austin, TX
Nov 3 The Cliburn Fort Worth, TX
Nov 14 The Parkway Theater Minneapolis, MN
Nov 17 The Back Room @ Colectivo Milwaukee, WI
Nov 18 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
     
Jan 26 Herbst Theatre San Francisco, CA
Jan 29 Triple Door Seattle, WA
Jan 30 The Old Church Portland, OR
     
Feb 14 Alexander Hall, Princeton University** Princeton, NJ
     
Apr 1&2 Théâtre de la Ville** Paris, FRANCE
Apr 5&6 Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse** Lyon, FRANCE
     

* w/Andrew Bird & National Symphony
** 8980: Book of Travelers

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