Wishing a belated happy birthday to the incomparable @EsperanzaSpalding! She's recently released an intriguing new project in twelve little spells — head on over to her instagram and check it out, and send her some belated birthday love
Come celebrate the doyenne of American classical music in honor of her 80th birthday on November 11th! We're throwing a star-studded concert to mark the occasion, with world–class performers playing an evening of unparalleled works by female composers — all curated by Tower herself!
Science and music are both united in a spirit of discovery that seeks to understand the world we live in, so why not bring them together in one penetrating show? @GoldenHornetATX's new evening-length concert, The Sound of Science, does just that, with eight new compositions from seven internationally renowned composers inspired by scientific discoveries that have shaped our understanding of the world and ourselves. Tickets are on sale now!
Dynamic interdisciplinary artist @TheaLittlePerformance is one of our Artists-in-Residence this season, where she'll explore the unique blend of dance, theatre, and cutting-edge music that's led her to show work all around Europe and the United States. Visceral, zany, and always compelling, her work draws from a variety of traditions while always being relentlessly fresh and up-to-date. Keep an eye out for her upcoming shows — they're sure to blow your mind!
Brooklyn–based queer drag troupe @SwitchNPlay brings the Addams Family to life like you've never seen them before with ooky, spooky, and kooky drag and burlesque performances that celebrate difference and embrace the power of chosen family. Tickets available now on our website!
Philadelphia–based composer @VietCuongMusic has had pieces played on every continent except Antarctica and won just about every award there is in the wind ensemble composition world. Hailed as "alluring" and "wildly inventive" by the New York Times, his music uses layered rhythmic fragments to build up propulsive grooves and shimmering tapestries of sound. A member of the Blue Dot Collective — a quintet of composers dedicated to writing adventurous music that expands the possibilities of the wind ensemble — he's also worked with luminaries of the new music scene such as Sō Percussion, Alarm Will Sound, and the JACK Quartet. So who's gonna be the one to take his music to McMurdo Station? #SaturdaySpotlight
Meet the American Modern Opera Company, one of our 2018–19 Curators! Frustrated by typical operatic rehearsal processes that throw artists together with little time to build collaborative rapport, the founders of the American Modern Opera Company — including 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow Matthew @AucoinComposer — decided to rethink things from the ground up, creating new projects around a stable company instead of always creating a new company around disconnected projects. Their incendiary first season saw performances and residencies at Harvard, the Park Avenue Armory, the Big Ears Festival, and beyond, and we can't wait to see the genre-colliding work they present this season at National Sawdust!
Percussionist and composer @GlennKotche's compositions are "full of ingenuity as well as power" (Pitchfork). His latest album, out later this month on National Sawdust Tracks, brings together some of his most powerful compositions, and preorders are open now!
With his incisive lyrics and unmistakable voice, it's no wonder that @JHoardMusic has taken the underground downtown and Brooklyn hip-hop scene by storm, but he's fluent in other genres too: In his younger years, he competed internationally as a jazz and classical tenor. This stylistic fluidity has garnered him a devoted following, leading to opportunities from opening international jazz festivals to collaborating with Chance The Rapper. We're excited to welcome him as an Artist-in-Residence this season, supporting him in growing artistically and nourishing the community that's sprung up around his music. Check out our website for the full list of his shows!
Returning to making music for the first time since the end of his Youth Lagoon project, @TrevorPowers's new album is "as gorgeous and ornate as it is bleakly unsettling" (NPR). Hear him play it live this month at National Sawdust — tickets available on our website!
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🔥 Star countertenor @ARCostanzo
🔥 George Condo painting live
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🔥 New choreography by Justin Peck
🔥 A thirty-six piece orchestra
🔥 Nine opera music videos
Just one more day until NationalSawdust+’s Gatekeepers, a stimulating event with cultural influencers from the literary, theatrical, and musical worlds. Come hear @CJaxone (One World), @EmilyNemens (The Paris Review), Evan Cabnet (LCT3), @GeoffreyOfQuincy (Peoplmovr), and National Sawdust’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director @PaolaPrestini with moderator @elenalumahai — use the code NS15 for $10 tickets!
Brooklyn–based singer-songwriter @GabrielGarzonMontano's debut album is "warm, wistful, and full of life" (Okayplayer), a profound offering from an artist who's toured with Lenny Kravitz and been sampled by Drake. Hear him live at National Sawdust next month!
Whether you missed @MadameGandhi at National Sawdust this month or were one of the few that landed last minute tickets, watch this video to re-live the amazing experience. Sign up for our newsletter and never miss out on a surprise show again.
The transformative @SonicArtsForAll program provides "invaluable acces and music literacy to local kids who need it most" (Fader). They're teaching a series of free workshops, focussing on everything from music production to analog synthesis. Head over to our website to reserve a spot for your kid today!
DJ and songwriter @GeorgeFitzMusic's "wistful ostinato leads" and "hypnotic power" have lead him to runaway viral success, with his most popular tracks racking up more than ten million plays on Spotify alone. He's performing his latest album live — complete with a full backing band! — at National Sawdust in October, and tickets are on sale now!
A rising star of the opera composer world, @ReneOrth was already making waves when she was named Opera Philadelphia's sixth–ever composer-in-residence through their 2018–19 season. Having worked with leading librettists like Mark Campbell, her operas have been presented everywhere from the Festival d'Aix en Provence to the Washington National Opera, and frequently explore issues of race, gender, and their intersections that have seldom before found voice on the operatic stage. She's written non-operatic works for the Aizuri Quartet and the Pennsylvania Ballet, and has taught on the composition faculty of the Luzerne Music Center in New York. A recipient of one of Opera America's 2016 Discovery Grants for female composers, she's definitely someone to keep an eye on in the coming years! #SaturdaySpotlight
Guess who made @Qz's 2018 list of Africa Innovators — "ambitious and imaginative minds" with "a burning drive to make an impact on their communities"? It's one of our former Artists-in-Residence, @JojoAbot! Head on over to their website to read about the incredible work that she's up to today.