Gabriel Kahane 8980: Book of Travelers
This is a past event. Wednesday, January 30 at 7:30pm
The Old Church Concert Hall 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97201
"From his smart, funny Craigslistlieder a decade ago to his gorgeous historical evocations of Los Angeles (where he grew up) to orchestral works like emergency shelter intake form (performed last spring by the Oregon Symphony) and Gabriel’s Guide to the 48 States (performed at the 2016 Oregon Bach Festival), the Brooklyn-based singer/composer/guitarist/pianist has emerged as one of America’s foremost young contemporary classical music voices. His new album Book of Travelers, whose music he’ll perform solo with piano in this Chamber Music Northwest concert, continues his incisive, sometimes wry, sometimes poignant social observations, this time drawing on encounters with a variety of Americans he encountered on his November 2016 two week train journey across America — a musical portrait of a troubled nation on the brink of wrenching political upheaval." - Oregon Arts Watch
Presented by Chamber Music Northwest. Renowned as a master of contemporary American Lieder (Art Song), in November 2016, singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane took a two-week train trip across the U.S. with no phone or internet, embracing 8,980 miles of monkish Amtrak existence. The result is this hymn to the analog intimacy of American rail culture as antidote to the fragmentation and efficiency of modern life. Alone at the piano, Kahane draws from dining car conversations with dozens of strangers—cowboys, postmasters, religious luddites, sea-steading software engineers—to sing of his own upended assumptions about the body politic as revealed through his unplugged railroad exile.
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Co-presented with The Old Church.