Featured Events

Community Day

Oct 4, 2015 • 11am-6pm

The day begins with the exquisite puppet show for families, Birdheart (ages 6 years and up), by Julian Crouch and Saskia Lane. This is followed by experimental Australian violinist Jon Rose "Sonic Ball"--where he engages the public with a ten-foot-tall, interactive electronic musical instrument. Via sensors and radio transmission, the movements and speed of the ball determine the sonic results. The National Sawdust Inaugural Parade will feature Julian Crouch’s large scale processional puppets with the Asphalt Orchestra for a neighborhood walk and celebration. National Sawdust group-in-residence Found Sound Nation, a collective of musicians and artists who leverage the unique power of creative sound-making to help build strong, just, healthy communities, will hold mobile studios throughout the parade for the public.

The D.R.E.A.M. Project & Red Bull Music Academy Co-Present

Oct 13, 2015 • 9pm

Red Bull Music Academy DJs Nire, Octo Octa, and Jimi Nxir featuring Reggie "Reg Roc" Gray and members of the Flex Community.

In Situ: Strings & Borders

Late Night Violin and Dj’s featuring experimental violinists Mari Kimura & Jon Rose with vocalist Olga Bell (One Little Indian new Bell record release) and DJ’s Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork) and Robin Carolan (Tri Angle)

Jeffrey Zeigler Presents: HKZ

This new trio comprises three celebrated experimentalists: pianist Hauschka (aka Volker Bertelmann), percussionist Samuli Kosminen, and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, a National Sawdust curator.

NS+ Talks: Terry Riley & François Girard

Oct 4, 2015 • 5pm

The legendary composer and the distinguished director of opera, film, and theater – long-time fans of each other’s work – launch National Sawdust+ Talks on Sunday, October 4 at 5pm during the venue’s inaugural week of programming. Riley sits down for an intimate, hour-long conversation with Girard (The Red Violin, Silk, the Metropolitan Opera’s recent Parsifal) as part of National Sawdust’s Terry Riley 80th birthday celebration from October 3-5.

Opening Week

National Sawdust (NS), an unparalleled, artist-led, non-profit venue, will be a place for exploration and discovery. A place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike.

Opening Month Events