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at the corner of Wythe Ave and North 6th Street in Williamsburg...

National Sawdust

The non-profit National Sawdust, formerly known as Original Music Workshop, is pleased to announce that its highly anticipated, state-of-the-art, Williamsburg, Brooklyn venue will open this fall. Adopting the name of the factory once housed within the century-old building's shell, the $16 million, 13,000-square-foot space will welcome the public for an inaugural season beginning in October. National Sawdust also revealed today the diversity of world-class artists and composers who are working with the venue's Creative and Executive Director, composer Paola Prestini, to curate the space, and announced the inaugural season's artists- and groups-in-residence and partners. Programming and dates will be announced this summer, with tickets on sale in July.

In a city teeming with venues, National Sawdust, located at North 6th Street and Wythe Avenue in the heart of Williamsburg, is founded upon a singular, expansive vision: to provide composers and musicians across genres with a setting in which they can flourish, and a place where they are given commissioning support, mentoring and other critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work. It will be a resource not only for the community of musicians, but also for audiences in search of remarkable musical experiences--serious fans and casual listeners alike--at accessible ticket prices. National Sawdust will also offer progressive public programs and educational initiatives.

Designed by Brooklyn-based studio Bureau V, with acoustic design by Arup, National Sawdust is housed within the preserved shell of a century-old, two-story building. The intimate concert venue combines the crafted sensibility of an historic European concert hall with the flexibility of a contemporary, dynamic performance space.

Paola Prestini said, "It's a dream come true, and a rare opportunity, for me to lead a place like National Sawdust as a young composer. I am excited to be in turn creating a venue curated by--and focused on providing vital mentoring, space and support to--so many other still-nascent artists. I look forward to sharing the thrill of their creations and discoveries with audiences."

As the press release quoted above points out, new nonprofit Brooklyn venue National Sawdust will open October 1 on the corner of Wythe Ave and North 6th Street in Williamsburg.

In addition to Paola Prestini, curators at the venue include The National's Bryce Dessner, contemporary composer Nico Muhly, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, Baby's All Right/Elvis Guesthouse's Billy Jones, and more. Artists/groups in residence will include Wilco's Glenn Kotche, the ACME ensemble, indie bands Givers and Hessismore, and more. Other partners include American Composers Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy who will present and co-curate concerts at the venue too.

More curators, artists in residence and partners are listed, via the press release, below...

Continue reading "National Sawdust is a new Brooklyn venue opening in October (Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Billy Jones & more curating)"

By Andrew Frisicano

photo by Merri Cyr
David T. Little

You might recognize composer David T. Little from his work as drummer/artistic director of frequently gigging ensemble Newspeak. Last year, Little was also in the news for the debut of his post-apocalyptic opera Dog Days as part of Montclair's Peak Performances series. The eviscerating production got great notices and made some year-end best-of lists: you can hear parts of it (from a previous in-progress performance) at WQXR.

This weekend another of Little's opera/musical theater projects, Soldier Songs, gets its first full staging as part of the PROTOTYPE Festival at Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. Its words are largely derived from interviews Little conducted with members of the military, many of them friends and family. It premieres tonight (1/11) and continues with five more shows through Jan 18. (Tickets are on sale here.)

Though both works are pretty far from metal, you can hear a bit of Little's background in the genre in the work's explosive peaks and punishing rhythms (which, ok, as David points out, classical music has a lot of antecedents for too). I emailed him some questions about both works, which he kindly answered, covering his inspirations, influences and opinions on various strains of contemporary music.

You can download the Metallica-quoting "Still Life with Tank and iPod" from Soldier Songs below, off an album that's coming out this February on innova recordings.

Check out the song, a teaser for the show and his answers below...

Continue reading "David T. Little's 'Soldier Songs' debuts in NYC this weekend (interview + stream)"

Fotoumata

We previously posted about Justin Townes Earl's two-night Woody Guthrie tribute that's happening at PACE University's Michael Shimmel Center for the Arts on October 26 and 27. This is part of the university's "Pace Presents" 2012 / 2013 season which features "world-class performing arts and culture series with an emphasis on music superstars from around the globe, charismatic and crowd-pleasing dance performances, spectacular theatre and contemporary cabaret" The season kicks off Saturday, September 22 with Romanian gypsy folk act Fanfare Ciocalia and tickets are on sale now.

The full schedule is below but highlights include Malian actress/singer Fatoumata Diawara who'll perform on September 28. Tickets are still available. Her most recent album, Fatou, made a few Best of 2011 lists and is streamable at Spotify. The show is part of a North American tour and all tour dates are listed below.

The Pace Presents '12/'13 season wraps on April 20 up with South African horn player and vocalist Hugh Masekela. Tickets are on sale now.

The Pace Presents 2012 / 2013 schedule is below, along with a list of Fatoumata Diawara tour dates and videos.

Continue reading "'Pace Presents' 2012 / 2013 Schedule; Fatoumata Diawara touring (dates)"

Glenn Branca Ensemble at last year's Marathon (more by Andrew Frisicano) Bang on a Can - Glenn Branca

As previously announced, the 2012 River to River Festival will kick off with the annual 12-hour Bang on a Can Marathon on June 17 from noon to midnight at the World Financial Center Winter Garden:

Some highlights include Bang on a Can All-Stars, astonishing cellist Maya Beiser, Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Band, sound pioneer Alvin Lucier, indie guitar sensation Kaki King, jazz genius Matthew Shipp, music by David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Steve Reich, David T Little, Ruby Fulton, Michael Harrison; film by Bill Morrison, and much more. Stay all Day!
Presented by River To River Festival, Arts Brookfield and Bang on a Can.
River to River just released the full Bang on a Can Marathon schedule which is detailed below.

Meanwhile, you can also catch Thurston Moore in NYC tonight (5/31) with Bill Nace and Joe McPhee.

Continue reading "Bang on a Can Marathon schedule released"

Bang on a Can Marathon last year (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Bang on a can

Bang on a Can, who recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with a big show at Lincoln Center, bring the annual, free Marathon back to the World Financial Center Winter Garden this year from June 17,12PM - June 18, 12AM...

Bang on a Can brings its 25 Year celebration back downtown with its incomparable 12-hour super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the globe. What started as a scruffy loft concert in Soho back in 1987, now ranks among the iconic annual concert events in NYC. This year's edition features rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today's newest music pioneers. Some highlights include Bang on a Can All-Stars, astonishing cellist Maya Beiser, Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Band, sound pioneer Alvin Lucier, indie guitar sensation Kaki King, jazz genius Matthew Shipp, music by David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Steve Reich, David T Little, Ruby Fulton, Michael Harrison; film by Bill Morrison, and much more. Stay all Day!
Presented by River To River Festival, Arts Brookfield and Bang on a Can.
Stay tuned for more details.