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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...

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Out of Doors

The annual Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival returns in 2015 from July 22-August 9 with free outdoor concerts at various Lincoln Center venues. Some highlights:

On August 5 at Damrosch Park Badnshell, electric guitar quartet Dither joined by Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo, and then by Bang on a Can All-Stars' Mark Stewart for Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint, with experimental duo Matmos opening. Then two days later at Hearst Plaza (8/7) there's a Denitia & Sene show, and the next night (8/8) at Damrosch Park Bandshell Watkins Family Hour will perform Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisted in full. Watkins Family Hour features Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, as well as Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg and special guests. Justin Townes Earle opens that show.

There's also ex-Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür performing under his MusikSoldat moniker on July 23 at Damrosch Park Bandshell as a special guest with Botsich + Fussible, whose album Motel Baja he appears on. Country veteran Lyle Lovett plays Damrosch Park Bandshell on August 9, Randy Newman plays there on July 25, and Afropunk presents a showcase there on July 31 with Vintage Trouble, Lion Babe, The Skins and a screening of The Triptych: Wangechi Mutu. Later that same night, Rocky Horror Picture Show screens "silent" (audience will hear the sound via wireless headphones) at the same venue.

For more info on these free, all ages shows, head to the festival's website. Full schedule below...

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Laurie Anderson at The Stone in 2011 (more by David Andrako)

The Celebrate Brooklyn! 2014 lineup was announced not long ago, and since then there's been a few updates.

The Ornette Coleman tribute on June 12 now features Laurie Anderson and David Murray, joining the previously announced lineup of Flea, Patti Smith and many more. Unfortunately, Afrika Bambaataa dropped off.

The Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert on June 14 will now feature a reading by Park Slope's own Mark Stewart (co-founder, Bang on a Can All-Stars) of one of Ezra's books before the concert.

And the Nickel Creek show on July 24 will now be opened by Secret Sisters.

All three of those shows, and many other Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park this summer, including Dum Dum GIrls, Warpaint, Deltron 3030, St. Vincent and more, are totally free to the public.

Gyan Riley
Gyan Riley

Terry and Gyan Riley have been performing together since the late 90's and have appeared in concert throughout the USA and Europe. The music has a connection to the improvising traditions of both Jazz and Indian Classical but more importantly depends on a synchronous intuition that has developed between a father and a son. Sometimes they begin with a structure where melodic, harmonic, modal and rhythmic elements are predetermined along with a flow chart of sequential events but one of their favorite forms is starting from a place where neither performer has an overview and they must find their way together. Terry on piano, keyboard and vocals, has been on the worlds stages for over 50 years. Gyan has generated a lot of excitement with his astounding guitar virtuosity and his brilliant compositions. In 2011 they appeared at All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead England and at Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina.
Terry Riley & Gyan Riley (with help from percussionist David Cossin and violinist Tracy Silverman) play a seated show at Le Poisson Rouge Sunday (5/13). Tickets are still available.

Gyan Riley can also be found this month at the Stone, where he curated the second half (May 17 - 31) of venue's May programming. (Buke & Gase handled the first two weeks.) Riley's run kicks off Thursday, May 17 with a solo performance by Tracy Silvermann who uses loop pedals to create soundscapes with her six-string violin. The late show that night is BLIXT aka Bill Laswell (bass) Morgen Agren (drums) Raoul Bjorkenheim (guitar).

Other highlights include Ian Williams of Battles on May 19, guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola on May 22; pianist Jenny Lin playing works from various Merce Cunningham composers on May 23; Riley and percussionist Dave Cossin performing as Superballs! on May 26; and Bang on a Can/Paul Simon cohort Mark Stewart on May 27.

Full schedule for the Gyan Riley-curated second half of May at The Stone is below.

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