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April 2017

The Stone Series: John Zorn commissioned series feat. Suphala

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 6PM Advance $25 | At the Door $30 John Zorn’s The Stone Series continues at NS with tabla artist, Suphala. Suphala is one of the most versatile young tabla artists making music today. Raised in the U.S. by Indian parents, Suphala began learning western classical music on the piano at age four, performing at age five, and as a teenager transferred her passion to one of the world’s most complex percussion instruments: the tabla. She combines an unparalleled…

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Glass at 80: Madrigal Opera Night 1

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Night 1 - Friday, April 28, 2017 Doors at 6PM Advance $35 | At the Door $42 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. Dir. R. B. Schlather Featuring Johnny Gandelsman National Sawdust is delighted to honor advisory board member Philip Glass during his 80th year. During 2017’s Spring Season, we will celebrate his groundbreaking oeuvre by showcasing solo and collaborative works, including his rarely performed MADRIGAL OPERA, directed by…

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Very Young Composer’s El Puente Showcase

April 29 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 11:30 AM *RSVP does not guarantee admittance. Entry will be based on capacity. First come, first served. Very Young Composers aims to unlock and empower the natural artistry, musicianship, and creativity inherent in virtually all children, regardless of economic circumstance, race, gender, or nationality. Goals are to build personal confidence and leadership; to cultivate deep understanding of music; and to inspire tomorrow’s composers to bring the music of the future into the concert hall. Founded by Jon Deak,…

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Glass at 80: Madrigal Opera – Night 2

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Night 2 - Saturday, April 29, 2017 Doors at 6PM Advance $35 | At the Door $42 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. Dir. R. B. Schlather Featuring Johnny Gandelsman National Sawdust is delighted to honor advisory board member Philip Glass during his 80th year. During 2017’s Spring Season, we will celebrate his groundbreaking oeuvre by showcasing solo and collaborative works, including his rarely performed MADRIGAL OPERA, directed by…

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Jeff McErlain presents: Mikel Rouse: Hemisphere

April 29 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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This evening is a special performance coinciding with the release of Mikel Rouse’s video album ‘Hemisphere’. This solo performance will revisit Rouse’s 2010 avante-roots album ‘Corner Loading’ with a fresh interpretation including ‘Memory Projections’ and special musical guests. Joining Rouse will be NS curator Jeff McErlain, bringing his blues guitar skills to Rouse’s unique take on Americana. This performance is part of MR60, a year long celebration of Rouse’s career including radio broadcasts, video installations and concerts. Hemisphere is part…

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Bridging the Gap IV

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 3PM Advance $29 | At the Door $34 Composers from the Yale School of Music: William Gardiner, Paul Kerekes, David Lang, Hannah Lash, Daniel Schlosberg, and Christopher Theofanidis. About the Series Bridging the Gap, created by National Sawdust Curator Robert Sirota, is a series of concerts of chamber, choral, and solo compositions that explore the student/teacher and mentor/mentee relationships between generations of composers. The series will emphasize the influences that brought about the expansion of musical styles and…

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May 2017

Alaisdar Fraser + Natalie Hass with Bluegrass Situation

May 4 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 9PM Advance $29 | At the Door $34 The Bluegrass Situation is thrilled to partner with National Sawdust for a series of intimate performances featuring some of today’s best modern roots acts. As the top bluegrass and Americana music website in the world — featuring videos, features, album and song premieres, and so much more — BGS merges modern artists with old time traditions. It’s roots culture, redefined. This upcoming 2017 series with National Sawdust establishes a live…

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Anxiety Ecstasy Fear Chaos Sensuality

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Tenth Intervention presents a concert that creates fear, anxiety, ecstasy, chaos, and sensuality with works by innovative composers Kate Soper, Tonia Ko, Dorian Wallace, David Bird and Daniel Felsenfeld. Using the wearable technology headband designed by Muse, the physical response (breathing, blinking, jaw clenching, etc.) of an audience member will be recorded and projected with data mapping designed by Jascha Narveson. With support from the Center for Data Arts at the New School. Tenth Intervention presents contemporary music in New…

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Christopher Tignor and Tristan Perich at National Sawdust 5/5

May 5 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 9PM Advance $20 | At the Door $25 Christopher Tignor will present works from his recent, acclaimed double LP "Along a Vanishing Plane" as well as premiere new music for violin, custom-built music software, and tuning forks. Tignor's emotionally charged minimal aesthetic trades standard performance virtuosity for a virtuosity of ideas focused on the body and time as a personal, expressive object. His music's technologically enhanced process elements are executed live for an inclusive, transparent listening experience. This…

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Adam Abeshouse presents: Sophia Subbayya Vastek + Giovanni Piacentini

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 6PM Advance $29 | At the Door $34 Pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek and guitarist/composer Giovanni Piacentini, in a double bill program, will celebrate the release of their forthcoming albums. Joined by tabla player Anirban Roy Chowdhury and vocalist Megan Schubert, Sophia will perform raga-based works by Michael Harrison from “Histories”, her album being released on innova Recordings, as well as music by John Cage. Giovanni will present works from “CHIAROSCURO”, his forthcoming album on the PARMA label, including…

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Adam Abeshouse presents: (h)artDrive

May 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 1:30PM Advance $25 | At the Door $30 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. (h)artDrive, the exciting new electric guitar duo, assimilates the iconic sound of electric guitars into the world of contemporary music. Bringing forth a generous, rich and robust musical landscape by only two musicians and twelve strings, (h)artDrive, explores the entire spectrum of sound available to electric guitars and expounds upon it. Nadav Lev…

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FOLIO: Eco-Music Big Band plays Earle Brown & more

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 6PM Advance $29 | At the Door $34 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. The Eco-Music Big Band is proud to present FOLIO, an evening of works by cross-genre composers. This dynamic evening that promises to be an aural experience transcending genre, style, and expectation: excerpts from the jazz reimagining of Igor Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale (featuring actor/writer John Palladino); composer/bass trombonist David Taylor’s mini-opera, The Banned Bamboozler;…

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NYFOS Next: Lauren Worsham, Kyle Jarrow & Sky-Pony

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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NYFOS Next looks to the future, opening a forum for the next generation of song composers and interpreters. Now in its seventh season, this “invaluable contemporary-music series” (The New Yorker) takes the long-standing NYFOS tradition of presenting new work, and puts it in the hands of the composers themselves, who curate and host evenings showcasing their own songs alongside those of their peers, mentors or students. This iteration features powerhouse husband-and-wife duo: Obie award-winning writer and musician Kyle Jarrow, and…

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Daniel Zlatkin presents: Glimpse

May 10 @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 9PM Advance $25 | At the Door $30 Student discounts of $10, and general discount of $5 (code CHAMBER5) available for a limited time. Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. Six original compositions of Daniel Zlatkin attempting to glimpse, musically, into the beyond. Featuring Patricia Spencer, Lucy Dhegrae, The Brass Project, Jiawei Yan, Hannah Porter Occena, Tomoki Park, Robert P. Burkhart, Peter Sachon, Jennie Brent, Lydia de…

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Sxip Shirey’s Hour of Charm

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 6PM Advance $29 | At the Door $34 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. Featuring new electronic music from Shirey's NEXT album "Goodnight Little Machines" and new JANK tunes with sousaphonist John Altieri and drummer Attis Clopton also the debut of a new duet with for extended penny whistle and electronics and drum with Matt Moran of Slavic Soul Party. Also special musical guests Ned Rothenberg, Taylor…

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Access Contemporary Music presents: Sound of Silent Film Festival

May 12 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 9PM Advance $25 | At the Door $30 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. The Sound of Silent Film Festival features newly commissioned scores performed live to modern silent films. This year’s program features films by Martin Scorsese, Guy Maddin, Jos Stelling, Martin Pickles and others. Scorsese’s The Big Shave is a terrifying study in the damage that senseless adherence to ideology can cause. Maddin’s The Heart…

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Jeffrey Zeigler presents: David Lang, Jeffrey Zeigler & Molly Barth

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 6PM Advance $29 | At the Door $34 Grammy Award winning flutist Molly Barth and friends play music by composer David Lang from their upcoming CD on Cantaloupe Music. Performers joining Molly Barth are Jeffrey Zeigler, Matt Albert, David Riley and Stuart Gerber.

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Jeffrey Zeigler presents: Joshua Roman, Quartet for the End of Time

May 13 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 9PM Advance $29 | At the Door $34 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. Out of the chamber music written in the 20th Century, no piece is more storied than Olivier Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Messiaen's musical language is colorful; invented harmonic modes, sounds of birdcalls and extra-musical narratives make his sonic world unforgettable. In the "Quartet", spanning 50 minutes and 8 movements, time…

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Ritz Chamber Series Vol. 2

May 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 3PM Advance $29 | At the Door $34 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. The Ritz Chamber Players are hailed by the Baltimore Sun as “one of the most interesting and dynamic ensembles to emerge in recent years.” Boasting some of the world’s most renowned musicians that have African and African-American origins, Ritz brings a fresh energy to the classical music genre by telling the story of…

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Eva Leon: The Soul of the Spanish Violin with Olga Vinokur

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 6PM Advance $29 | At the Door $34 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. The soul of Spanish music resonates in the playing of violinist Eva León. A native of Spain’s Canary Islands, Eva has won praise across Europe and the Americas for performances that are as charismatic as they are profound. Her “unabashed flair and passion” (The Strad) have positioned her among Spain’s most celebrated violinists.…

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Terry and Gyan Riley with special guests

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 6PM Advance $35 | At the Door $42 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. Terry and Gyan Riley share the stage for a special concert sharing their talents. Terry Riley (composer, pianist, vocalist) launched the minimalist movement with his classic IN C, composed in 1964, a seminal work, which was to have an enormous impact on the course of western music. His music has been played in…

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Mariel Roberts: Cartography, works for solo cello+

May 19 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 9PM Advance $25 | At the Door $30 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. Trailblazing cellist Mariel Roberts explores the outer limits of her instrument as she celebrates the release of her second solo album, 'Cartography,' out May 19 on New Focus Recordings. In a set of staggeringly virtuosic pieces for solo cello "plus one" by Davi∂ Brynjar Franzson, Cenk Ergün, George Lewis, and Eric Wubbels (who…

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Theo Bleckmann presents: Ambrose Akinmusire, Shai Maestro & Theo Bleckmann

May 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 3PM Advance $29 | At the Door $34 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. Theo Bleckmann, Ambrose Akinmusire and Shai Maestro are performing in trio for the first time ever in an evening of original material.All three, boundary-crossing musicians will fuse jazz with modern art song, improvisation with extended techniques and ambient choral spaces in a set of hitherto unheard music. Theo Bleckmann A singer and new…

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New York Philharmonic presents: Contact!

May 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 6:30PM Advance $35 | At the Door $42 A Co-Presentation of the New York Philharmonic and National Sawdust. CONTACT! returns to Brooklyn’s National Sawdust — “the sort of place that makes a new-music aficionado want to bring a sleeping bag and move in for a few weeks” (New York magazine) — for another season of “must-hear adventures” (The New York Times). Experience two World Premieres; music by Pulitzer Prize winners Elliott Carter, David Lang, and Jacob Druckman; and…

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Nouveau Classical Project presents: Currents

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 6PM Advance $25 | At the Door $30 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. "This project involves musicians and dancers playing an equal role. I’ve always admired the organic choreography of musicians’ movements as they perform, so I wanted to create a piece that not only incorporated these movements, but pushed musicians beyond their typical role. Luckily, we had great collaborators: choreographer Barbie Diewald and composer Trevor…

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Latasha Alcindor presents: Teen Night at Empire

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 6PM Advance $20 | At the Door $25 All Access Pass $30 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. In ritual style, for 10 Friday nights, Latasha Alcindor channelled her past life of Hot 97 mixes and teen nights and broke through. Teen Nite At Empire (#TNAE), Latasha Alcindor's new EP is a bashment on wax dedicated to Young Girls who would wild out and to the ones who broke out. The EP channels…

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The Revolution VOL. 15

May 27 @ 10:00 pm - 12:00 am
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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THE REVOLUTION is an emerging performance series, highlighting Brooklyn & Harlem based artists and musicians that not only represent the core of independent pop culture in 2017 but who currently stand in the breeding ground of evolution within their genre. As a part of VOL. 15, The Revolution will feature three incredible live performances from local artists; Jazze Belle, Ian Barnett - Mallow, & Dot Cromwell!! Doors at 9:30PM Advanced Tickets - $15 Day of @ The Door - $20…

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Music from Yellow Barn: Schulhoff, Reich and Wagner

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 6PMAdvance $29 | At the Door $34 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. At the heart of this program is a work by Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff, a fully notated depiction of a woman’s sexual climax titled Sonata Erotica. Certainly not intended for the concert hall at the time of its composition in 1919 (Schulhoff writes, “For Men Only” on the title page), Sonata Erotica would have…

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The Stone Series: John Zorn commissioned series feat. Ikue Mori

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 6PM Advance $25 | At the Door $30 *Save 25% on advance group buys of 4 tickets or more. Seating is first come, first served. The piece commissioned for the evening is titled “Seeds among others”. Inspired by the botanical encyclopedia, it is written for electronics and percussion performed by a duo of composer Ikue Mori and percussionist Jim Black. In the mid ‘80s, Mori employed drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music, forging her own…

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June 2017

NS + Gentle on my Mind: An Evening with artist Carrie Mae Weems

June 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 6:30 PM Advance $35 | At the Door $42 The singular American artist Carrie Mae Weems, “a superb image maker and a moral force” (New York Times), whose art has investigated topics from cultural identity to politics to the consequences of power, debuts a new program created for NS+. Gentle on my Mind uses narratives, photographs and video, sharing the essential role that music has played in shaping both Weems’s life and work. Through image & text, film,…

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Northside Festival and France Rocks Summerfest Present: Lætitia Sadier +…

June 8 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 9PM Advance $22 | At the Door $25 As a member of Stereolab, Lætitia Sadier helped to pioneer a certain strain of indie pop from the 1990s into the aughts. Championing analog synthesizers during an era when fetishism for all things digital was on the rise, the British group took cues from Krautrock, lounge music, psychedelic rock and minimalism, still managing to be one of the more progressive bands of their time. Starting out as an underground phenomenon,…

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Northside Festival presents: William Basinski + Julianna Barwick

June 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 7PM Advance $25 | At the Door $30 William Basinski is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years in NYC and most recently, California. Employing obsolete technology and analogue tape loops, his haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time. His epic 4-disc masterwork, The Disintegration Loops received international critical acclaim and was chosen…

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Northside Festival and The Creative Independent present: Julia Holter

June 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 7PM Tickets $20 Support from Georgia, Emel Mathlouthi and Victoria Ruiz (Downtown Boys) in conversation with Amy Rose Spiegel Julia Holter Have You In My Wilderness is Julia Holter’s most intimate album yet, a collection of radiant ballads. Her follow-up to 2013’s widely celebrated Loud City Song explores love, trust, and power in human relationships. While love songs are familiar fodder in pop music, Holter manages to stay fascinatingly oblique and enigmatic on her new album. Have You…

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NS Jazz for Kids: Timbalooloo Duo Workshop

June 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Doors at 10:30AM Adults $20 | Children $5 Oran Etkin is a critically acclaimed clarinetist and composer who can be heard on major concert stages throughout the world and numerous recordings including a recent Grammy Award Winning compilation. Yet Etkin feels equally at home when he is in New York, surrounded by a gaggle of spellbound children, presenting a riveting story about Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente or his musical travels in Indonesia. Etkin created the Timbalooloo Method of teaching to…

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