Gabriel Kahane by Josh Goleman

Over the last decade Gabriel Kahane has quietly established himself as one of the leading exponents of American song, grafting a deep interest in storytelling to a keen sense of harmony and rhythm. His major label debut, The Ambassador, a study of Los Angeles through the lens of ten street addresses, was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums.” He has collaborated with an array of artists, including Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, Blake Mills, and Chris Thile, the front man of Punch Brothers, for whom he opened 40 concerts in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016. As a composer he has been commissioned by  the American Composers Orchestra, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, A Far Cry, The Knights, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with which he toured in 2013 performing Gabriel’s Guide to the 48 States, an hour-long cycle on texts from the WPA American Guide Series. In December 2017 Mr. Kahane returned to the BAM Next Wave Festival with 8980: Book of Travelers, a solo performance written in response to the almost 9,000-mile railway journey through the U.S. he began the morning after the 2016 presidential election. An avid theater artist, he appeared previously at BAM in the staged version of The Ambassador, directed by Tony-winner John Tiffany. He is also the composer-lyricist of the musical February House, which premiered in 2012 at The Public Theater. Earlier this year he embarked on a solo tour pairing Schumann’s Dichterliebe with his own Craigslistlieder and made his solo debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in a newly-orchestrated version of his Orinoco Sketches, originally commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted by John Adams at its premiere. A graduate of Brown University and two-time MacDowell Colony fellow, Gabriel Kahane lives in Brooklyn.

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