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Kara Wilkes

March 10, 2022/by Zan Emerson

Emily Wells

March 10, 2022/by Zan Emerson

Tiffany Rea-Fisher

March 10, 2022/by Zan Emerson

Jihye Lee

March 10, 2022/by Zan Emerson

Val Jeanty

March 10, 2022/by Zan Emerson

Adji Cissoko

March 10, 2022/by Zan Emerson

JL Marlor

JL Marlor is a Brooklyn based multidisciplinary artist, composer and educator. Known for her narrative-driven multi genre chamber music, her work examines the intersections between the collective and the individual as it relates to protest and social change, drawing heavily from Slavic women’s music, riot grrrl punk, plainchant, and American protest music.
June 3, 2021/by Zan Emerson

Lynne Procope

Lynne Procope is a Trinidadian poet living in New York. She is a Cave Canem fellow, former National Poetry Slam champion, and co-author of the collaborative collection, Burning Down the House. Her poems are widely published across the hemisphere. She is a writer, educator, editor, curator, former ED and co-founder of the louderARTS Project, editor in chief of Union Station Magazine, and current creative director of LEAF Global Arts' Lit Live Series.
March 2, 2021/by Zan Emerson

Marisa Michelson and Miriam Parker

December 2, 2020/by Zan Emerson

Kyle Abraham, A.I.M, and Jlin

January 9th • 6pm Eastern
December 2, 2020/by Zan Emerson

Active Hope

January 8th • 5pm Eastern
December 2, 2020/by Zan Emerson

Ash Koosha with YONA

January 7th • 6pm Eastern
December 2, 2020/by Zan Emerson

Jorinde Keesmaat

Jorinde Keesmaat is a Dutch director of opera and staged classical concerts. From 2016 through 2019, she is Guest Director-in-Residence at the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York. In her immersive multidisciplinary work, Keesmaat plays with the relationship between spectator and actor / musician. In her projects, she explores the possibilities of an individual approach to the public. The conventional boundaries between classical concerts, opera and theatre are of little import in her work.
December 2, 2020/by Zan Emerson

Brianna Mims

December 1, 2020/by Zan Emerson

Molly Joyce

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Amy Hall Garner

December 1, 2020/by Zan Emerson

POSTPONED – Rosehardt

March 12th

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis: Screening and Live Score with Metropolis Ensemble and Ricardo Romaneiro

March 10th

Women’s Raga Massive: Legacies

March 8th

Oran Etkin: Timbalooloo Jazz For Kids Duo Series

March 7th

Sonic and Womxyn Amplify

March 6th

Jennifer Walshe and Mivos Quartet

March 1st

Cristina Spinei

February 29th

Sandbox Percussion

February 28th

The Revolution Vol. 47: King Klavé, THE EITHER, and Aya Jack

February 27th

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Miles Okazaki and Dan Weiss

February 26th

Zoë Keating

February 23rd

Zoë Keating

February 23rd

NationalSawdust+ presents
: A Spatial Sound Lab Hosted by Laurie Anderson & Arto Lindsay

February 22nd

Mwenso and the Shakes

February 20th

Shrines

February 19th

The Lot Radio presents: Eli Keszler (solo)

February 18th

Sonja Mutić

Sonja Mutić is a composer, performer, and PhD candidate at Harvard University. She works with sounds at thresholds of silence, harmony, and noise, using minimal means to create textures of maximal expressive weight.
February 18, 2020/by Zan Emerson

Flannery Cunningham

Flannery Cunningham is a composer and musicologist fascinated by vocal expression, auditory perception, and the resonances of environmental sounds.
February 18, 2020/by Zan Emerson

Jimena Maldonado

Jimena Maldonado is a Mexican composer based in The Hague. Having studied both composition and photography, she is interested in combining the two disciplines in order to achieve alternative forms of both composing and presenting her work.
February 18, 2020/by Zan Emerson

Sxip Shirey’s Hour of Charm: Mother Tree Prayers

February 16th

Against the Grain Theatre: “Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup”

February 15th

AdHoc presents: Okay Kaya

February 13th

Face the Music: Home with Nathalie Joachim, Trevor New, and Peter Askim

February 10th

Samora Pinderhughes: Sounds of Saving’s Feedback Sessions

February 7th

Rafiq Bhatia: Standards Vol. 1 (EP Release)

February 5th

Jakob Kullberg

February 2nd

DISRUPT: Cuddle Magic & Frank LoCrasto

February 1st

Oran Etkin: Timbalooloo Jazz For Kids Duo Series

Feburary 1st

A workshop of new music by Mwenso and the Shakes

January 30th

Private Room

• 400 square feet
• 30 seated
• 50 standing

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January 30, 2020/by Zan Emerson

Cosmico

• 500 square feet
• 35 seated
• 50 standing

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January 30, 2020/by Zan Emerson

Nike Joyride Cafe

Nike Joyride Cafe Nike partnered with The Infatuation for a pop-up in our attached restaurant space for the month of September. Notable eateries from all over New York participated each week in feeding those who had just finished a mile-long run using the Nike Run Club app. Every weekend had a different theme, including Pasta, Burgers, and Tacos.
January 30, 2020/by Zan Emerson

Adidas Nite School Graduation

Adidas Nite School Graduation Adidas held its graduation event at National Sawdust for students of their Nite School, which promotes leaders in street art, music production, and entrepreneurship. The event featured Nite Jogger sneakers, custom brand activations, surprise DJ performances, and glow in the dark cocktails from our bar program.
January 30, 2020/by Zan Emerson

Spotify’s Butter Cafe

Spotify’s Butter Cafe Inspired by Spotify's hit playlist "Butter," the company hosted a private showcase for 300 guests at National Sawdust with local hip-hop, alternative soul, and jazz musicians frequently featured on the playlist.
January 30, 2020/by Zan Emerson

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Anna Webber – Idiom VI

January 29th

Flow Space: Ricardo Romaneiro, Liquid Light Lab, and Lori Ann Ferreri

January 26th

Ramy Essam “Tahrir and Beyond” with special guest Ganzeer

January 25th

NationalSawdust+ presents: “Beyond Butterfly and the Don”

January 24th

The Revolution Vol. 46: donSmith, Alita Moses, and OJ in the Yams

January 23rd

Lucas Debargue, piano

January 22nd

The Hum presents Greta Kline (Frankie Cosmos) and Jilian Medford (Ian Sweet)

January 18th

Winter Jazzfest

January 17th

Agnes Obel

January 17th

FERUS Festival: Eve Gigliotti “Untitled (inspired by Film Stills)”

January 17th

Agnes Obel

January 16th

FERUS Festival: Sonic + Womxyn Amplify “SEASONS”

January 14th

FERUS Festival: Sarah Hennies & Mara Baldwin “Come ‘Round Right”

January 12th

FERUS Festival: Lucy Dhegrae “A Barely Arching Bridge”

January 11th

FERUS Festival: Sister Sylvester “The Eagle and the Tortoise”

January 10th

FERUS Festival: Sister Sylvester “The Eagle and the Tortoise”

January 10th

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns: New Year’s Eve (Late Show)

December 31st

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns: New Year’s Eve (Early Show)

December 31st

Kwanzaa Fest

December 28th

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Patricia Brennan’s MOCH

December 26th

The Revolution Vol. 45: Michael Wingate, Maitri, and Childish Japes

December 19th

ETHEL

December 18th

Canadian Brass 50th Anniversary Holiday Show

December 16th

Lucy Shelton

December 15th

Kinds of Kings

December 13th

Artist Development Workshops

The BluePrint Fellowship program is a dual-track career and project mentoring course designed to share a blueprint for success with emerging composers by leveraging the extensive project development knowledge of the National Sawdust team in tandem with hands-on mentorship from leading composers in the field.
December 13, 2019/by Zan Emerson

The Lot Radio presents: Arp, Ana Roxanne, Yale Evelev, and Cz Wang

December 12th

Kadhja Bonet

December 8th

NationalSawdust+ presents
 “Inside Juggling”

December 3rd

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Ben Goldberg

November 27th

Gavilán Rayna Russom

November 24th • PHYSICALITY Rev 3: One Woman Show (Club Mix)

Lucy Dhegrae

November 23rd

DESSA

November 22nd

NationalSawdust+ presents: Paul Muldoon’s “Against the Grain” featuring Carolyn Forché, Andrey Kurkov and the Knights

November 21st

Meredith Monk’s Birthday Dance Party

November 20th

BluePrint Fellowship Concert

November 17th

SOLD OUT – COLORXSTUDIOS Presents: Kojey Radical, Gaidaa, and Dua Saleh

November 15th

The Revolution Vol. 44: RINI, Wayne Tucker, & Jill Peacock

November 14th

Miho Hazama and m_unit

November 13th

Powerful Sounds: Sound Bath with Sara Auster

November 9th at 5pm

Square Peg Round Hole

November 8th

Angélica Negrón with Muriel Louveau and Emily Marie Pope: “Isterica”

November 6th

AdHoc presents: Hayden Thorpe

November 5th

Sye Elaine Spence: “On Shadows”

November 2nd

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Halloween Live Score + Party

October 31st

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Jen Shyu

October 30th

A Night with George Crumb

October 28th

Powerful Sounds: Laraaji presents “Sun Piano”

October 27th

Carolina Eyck

October 25th

The Wali Sanga and Ghost Funk Orchestra

October 24th

Jacques Greene live

October 23rd

Christopher Tignor

October 18th

The Revolution Vol. 43: Nickel & Dime OPS, Ziarra Washington, & Juwan Crawley 

October 17th

Joan La Barbara

Composer and vocalist Joan La Barbara is renowned for developing a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques that have influenced generations of other composers and singers.
October 17, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Telefon Tel Aviv

October 16th

AdHoc presents: Vagabon

October 15th

Protected: BluePrint Fellowship Course Materials

October 10, 2019

Resonator Festival

October 5th

ENSEMBLE / PARALLAX

October 4th

Magos Herrera presents A Tribute to João GIlberto

October 2nd

NationalSawdust+ presents: Jad Abumrad’s “Covering Home” with Caroline Shaw, Bora Yoon, and Shelley Washington

October 1st

The Composing Women Project with Claire Chase

September 29th

William Cashion (Future Islands)

September 28th

Season 5 Opening – A Night of Women Composers: From Clara Schumann to Meredith Monk

September 27th

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Wendy Eisenberg

September 25th

The Revolution Vol. 42: Niya Levon, Liberation Era, & Ryan Egan

September 21st

Summer Labs: Eliot Krimsky’s “Wave in Time”

September 18th

Summer Labs: Avery Leigh’s Night Palace “In The Night Palace”

September 17th

Summer Labs: Alaina Ferris’ “The Lydian Gale Parr”

September 16th

Aïsha Devi

September 14th

Lara Downes presents “Holes in the Sky”

September 13th

SOLD OUT – Tamino

September 11th

SAUCE: Sessions at National Sawdust

August 31st

SAUCE: Sessions at National Sawdust

August 29th

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Fred Frith and Heike Liss

August 28th

SAUCE: Sessions at National Sawdust

August 24th

SAUCE: Sessions at National Sawdust

August 22nd

SAUCE: Sessions at National Sawdust

August 17th

SAUCE: Sessions at National Sawdust

August 15th

SAUCE: Sessions at National Sawdust

August 10th

SAUCE: Sessions at National Sawdust

August 8th

The Gauntlet

October 11th • PHYSICALITY Rev 3: One Woman Show (Club Mix)

SAUCE: Sessions at National Sawdust

August 3rd

SAUCE: Sessions at National Sawdust

August 1st

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Brian Chase

Front Porch, Jeff Siegfried, & Hayley Boggs

July 28th

The Revolution Vol. 41: DioMara, Snack Cat, and Vocateurs

July 27th

NYU Sandbox Percussion Showcase

July 27th

Vitor Araújo

July 26th

Sessa

July 24th

Ted Hearne

Acclaimed for making audacious, politically acute music for our time that traverses boundaries of style and discipline, composer and singer Ted Hearne has been heralded for producing “some of the most expressive socially engaged music in recent memory” (Pitchfork).
July 24, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Ash Koosha

From the underground punk-rock scene in a repressive Tehran to the creation of a singer-songwriter auxman (auxiliary human) named YONA, the polymath Iranian performer Ash Koosha has spent his entire career on the front lines of the musical vanguard, both real and virtual.
July 24, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Sonic and Womxyn Amplify

A force of soulful, slow-burning R&B, Sonic is a singer/songwriter with a unique relationship with sound: she’s partially deaf. She will collaborate with her collective Womxyn Amplify, an experiential production house that creates experiences that amplify the voices of LGBTQIA womxyn and non-binary artists, to craft an immersive performance that spotlights the path to self-knowledge and acceptance.
July 24, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Black Thought

One of the most incisive, skilled, and prolific rappers of his time, Black Thought is the co-founder and lead MC/singer of The Legendary Roots Crew and a Grammy-winning writer, actor, and artist.
July 24, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Lucy Dhegrae

“Vocal versatility and an omnivorous curiosity” (New York Times) are the hallmarks of vocalist Lucy Dhegrae, a passionate singer with a flexible technique that fits a variety of styles. Among her many accomplishments, Lucy has been featured in the Mostly Mozart Festival and has performed at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. She founded and directs the Resonant Bodies Festival, an international presenter of boundary-pushing contemporary music vocalists.
July 24, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Against the Grain Theatre

Their stirring reinventions of classic repertoire “smack you in the face like a bracing wake-up call to the spirit” (Globe and Mail). Award-winning Canadian opera collective Against the Grain Theatre, led by Founding Artistic Director Joel Ivany, has gained notoriety for presenting classical work in new and innovative ways, making it relevant and accessible to a new generation.
July 24, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Mwenso and the Shakes

Mwenso and the Shakes are an artist-collective-turned-family made up of some of the most creative and virtuosic musicians in the world. Driven by their founder’s deep ancestral understanding of the art form, they came together through many late nights exploring music outside of the traditional classroom and celebrating life and their unique international cultures. Their foundational roots, familial trust, and total understanding of the continuum of music create the freedom and fluidity of their spontaneous, communal, and improvised output of joy, thought, and empowerment.
July 24, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Kinds of Kings

Heralded by the New Yorker as “distinguished young creators who work in diverse styles,” Kinds of Kings is a collective of six multifaceted composers. The collective actively advocates for underrepresented voices and is committed to building a positive and supportive community around the creation and experience of new music.
July 24, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Outdoor Facade Sponsorship

July 23, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Venue Rental

July 23, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Corporate Partnership

July 23, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Corporate Membership

July 23, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Liquid Light Lab & Ricardo Romaneiro

July 20th

J Hoard

July 19th

Samita Sinha & Grey Mcmurray

July 17th

Thea Little

July 11th

The Revolution Vol. 40: TANSU, The Side Project, and Miranda Joan

Elissa Cassini, violin & Ashley Bathgate, cello

June 29th

Julia Adolphe & Stephanie Fleischmann’s “A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears”

June 27th

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Simon Hanes & Tredici Bacci

Rodes Rollins

June 22nd

Takuya Nakamura

June 21st

Matt Jaffe & Bill Plympton

June 20th

Sea Wolf

June 19th

Sea Wolf

June 18th

Residencies

National Sawdust Residency Program provides both individual artists and groups with space and technical/marketing staff support through recordings, rehearsals, shows as well as commissions.
June 16, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Curators

National Sawdust is more than a music venue, it is music, hand-picked by curators, just for you.
June 15, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Hildegard

The Hildegard Competition is National Sawdust's annual competition for for rising female and non-binary composers, made possible by the generous support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
June 14, 2019/by becki

Jog Blues

Student CoLab: Forward Music Project

June 11th

BluePrint Fellowship

The BluePrint Fellowship program is a dual-track career and project mentoring course designed to share a blueprint for success with emerging composers by leveraging the extensive project development knowledge of the National Sawdust team in tandem with hands-on mentorship from leading composers in the field.
June 11, 2019/by Zan Emerson

LATASHÁ

June 8th

Kendra Foster

June 8th

Tōth

June 7th

SOLD OUT – Mountain Man

June 5th

Hildegard Competition Concert: inti figgis-vizueta, Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, and Niloufar Nourbakhsh

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists: Miranda Cuckson

June 2nd

The Hum presents Doe Paoro & Little Kruta

May 30th

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Ingrid Laubrock, Marc Hannaford, Sam Pluta, & Josh Modney

The Revolution Vol. 39: Michael Sarian & The Chabones, Natie, & Sami Stevens and The Man I Love

Sebastian Mullaert (Live)

May 24th

Cornelius Dufallo

May 24th

NationalSawdust+ presents: Paul Muldoon’s “Against the Grain” featuring Min Jin Lee, Tracy K. Smith, and Sō Percussion

Guy Mintus Trio

SOLD OUT – Satori And the Band From Space

Balún & Salt Cathedral

SOLD OUT – Satori And the Band From Space

Linda May Han Oh

May 16th

National Sawdust+ presents: An Evening with Moby + John Hodgman

Gavin Rayna Russom

May 11th • PHYSICALITY Rev 2: Dance Night

Gene Shinozaki

SXIP SHIREY’S HOUR OF CHARM

May 9th

Ma*JiD

April 11th

Liquid Light Lab & Ricardo Romaneiro

Bruce Hornsby

Bruce Hornsby

The Revolution Vol. 38: lotushalves, Sol Liebeskind, & Ohene Cornelius

Gavin Rayna Russom

April 27th • PHYSICALITY Rev 1: One Woman Show (Rough Mix)

Hawktail

July 19th

Beat Circus

April 11th

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Malika Zarra

PUBLIQuartet

April 22nd

Film Screening: “The Colorado”, A Tribute to Water

April 20th

NationalSawdust+ presents: An Evening with “Blue” and “Between the World and Me”

SOLD OUT – Cimafunk

April 17th

Dan Tepfer

Dawn Upshaw

Dawn Upshaw

AdHoc presents: Chris Cohen

Daniel Bernard Roumain’s DBR Lab

J Hoard

April 12th

Felipe Salles

April 11th

AMOC

SOLD OUT – Andrew Bird

SOLD OUT – Andrew Bird

Jeremy Gill

Mark Dover and Jeremy Ajani Jordan as Port Mande

SOLD OUT – L’Rain

July 19th

Listening to Tom-Tom: Lucy Caplan in partnership with AMOC

Music Academy of the West

The winners of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition at Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West bring an evocative program of songs as part of an international recital tour. Mezzo-soprano Kelsey Lauritano and pianist Andrew Sun perform Schubert, Ravel, and more.

NationalSawdust+ and ARRAY present: “The Burial of Kojo” + Blitz the Ambassador with the Embassy Ensemble

The Revolution Vol. 37: Three Year Anniversary with SKYES, Aberdeen, Salomon Faye, Sonic, Phase One, & special guest DJL4

Bilal

Grammy-Award winning musician Bilal, the neo-soul singer-songwriter who’s worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé, comes to National Sawdust with a new set of songs that are built around radical simplicity.

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Ava Mendoza – solos and duos with Nels Cline

Sold Out- Yves Tumor (Live A/V set featuring Ezra Miller)

SOLD OUT – Yves Tumor (live show featuring full band)

March 25th

SOLD OUT – Karen Akers, Jean Brassard, Kathleen Landis, and Steve Ross

Ali Sethi and his Lahore band

March 23rd

Joyous Strings

March 23rd

Yuka C Honda’s “No Revenge Necessary”

March 22nd

Sid Sriram

April 12th

Amanda Gookin

Samita Sinha

March 19th

Sunni Colón

July 19th

Magos Herrera with Brooklyn Rider: Dreamers

Sold Out – Asgeir

April 12th

Sold Out- Asgeir

April 12th

Arcomusical

Projeto Arcomusical returns to National Sawdust, this time to release our second album “Spinning in the Wheel.”

Petra Haden, Julian Lage, Jorge Roeder, Kenny Wollesen, and Jesse Harris

Music Technology Youth Workshops with Sonic Arts For All

March 9th • 11am

Gemma Peacocke

SOLD OUT – Julia Kent

Adam O’Farrill Nonet & Aaron Burnett and the Big Machine featuring Peter Evans

Jesús González

Innov Gnawa

JG Thirlwell + Ensemble

Christian Loffler

JG Thirlwell + Ensemble

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Peter Evans

Simone Dinnerstein

The Revolution Vol. 36: Pale Ramon, Yuli, & Phase One

BMP: Next Generation

February 21st at 7pm

BMP: Next Generation

February 20th at 7pm

SOLD OUT – Tim Hecker + the Konoyo Ensemble

SOLD OUT – Tim Hecker + the Konoyo Ensemble

SOLD OUT – Tim Hecker + the Konoyo Ensemble

DISRUPT: Eliot Krimsky

July 19th

Music Technology Youth Workshops with Sonic Arts For All

February 16th • 11am

SOLD OUT – Face the Music with Helga Davis, Courtney Bryan, Shelley Washington, and Mazz Swift

PUBLIQuartet

SOLD OUT – Interlochen Arts Academy Presents “Resolve”

Lazer Eyes

SOLD OUT – Lazer Eyes

CANCELED – John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: John Medeski

Wavefield Ensemble

The Revolution Vol. 35: Queen Esther, Hornē Electric Band, & Mizan

David Greilsammer

SOLD OUT – Liquid Light Lab & Ricardo Romaneiro

Sold Out – NationalSawdust+ presents: Paul Muldoon’s “Against the Grain” featuring Jorie Graham, Colm Tóibín, and Laurie Anderson

Planned Parenthood benefit with Banda Magda, Bria Skonberg, & r.O.T.i.

Brooklyn-based multicultural R&B music collective Lady Moon & The Eclipse make “spiritual music in the truest sense: They make pop, R&B, and Afrobeat that feels like a window into a more tranquil, ethereal dimension” (Vents).

Aaron Siegel, Mantra Percussion, and Christa Van Alstine

April 12th

I Am Snow Angel presents Mothership

J Hoard

January 18th

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January 16, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Curators

National Sawdust is more than a music venue, it is music, hand-picked by curators, just for you.
January 16, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Curation

In an age of unprecedented access to music from every place and time, finding new music you’ll like can be an overwhelming task. Algorithms help a little, but there’s nothing like the expert guidance of a knowledgeable human curator to give you the highest-quality recommendations. We have an entire roster of expert curators who not only help emerging artists find their niche but also help audiences find more of the music you’ll love.
January 16, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Artistic Support

Artists have vision and drive, but to truly make an impact, they need the resources to bring their ideas to fruition. That’s where we come in: By providing artists with rehearsal and performance space, financial support, technical and marketing assistance, we give them the materials they need to hone their work and create music that is changing society for the better.
January 16, 2019/by Zan Emerson

National Sawdust Student CoLab

National Sawdust Student CoLab, uses the power of music discovery to inspire interdisciplinary art making which reflects engage young peoples' own experience of the world, impacting both their lives and the lives of people within their community.
January 16, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Regularly featured as performers at National Sawdust, the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus is a collective of young singers and vocal ensembles re-envisioning choral music performance through artistic innovation, collaboration, and their distinctively beautiful sound.
January 16, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Sonic Artis for All! (SAFA!)

Sonic Arts For All (SAFA!) — a non-profit offering fun yet rigorous alternatives to the traditional music classroom to students around New York and beyond — proudly presents a monthly workshop at National Sawdust for K-12 students.
January 16, 2019/by Zan Emerson

Education

We’re committed to investing today in the artists of tomorrow. We do this by supporting an array of educational initiatives to help cultivate the artistic talent and  potential of the next generation.
January 16, 2019/by Zan Emerson

BLACK STRING

Music Technology Youth Workshops with Sonic Arts For All

January 12th • 11am

Lady Moon & The Eclipse: Eclipse Season Concert

Brooklyn-based multicultural R&B music collective Lady Moon & The Eclipse make “spiritual music in the truest sense: They make pop, R&B, and Afrobeat that feels like a window into a more tranquil, ethereal dimension” (Vents).

Takuya Nakamura with Rebekah Heller, Laura Ortman, Marton “Juice” Gabor, & azumi O E

FERUS Festival 2019: Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Featuring works by a wide array of young and contemporary composers, the BYC’s Concert and Men’s Ensembles perform music that speaks directly to the most urgent themes of today.

FERUS Festival 2019: Huang Ruo

The Sonic Great Wall draws inspiration from the Great Wall of China to disrupt the barrier between audience and performer.

FERUS Festival 2019: Huang Ruo

The Sonic Great Wall draws inspiration from the Great Wall of China to disrupt the barrier between audience and performer.

FERUS Festival 2019: Miranda Cuckson and Katharina Rosenberger

Intermedia artist Katharina Rosenberger and acclaimed violinist Miranda Cuckson plot a sensory journey from the present to the past.

FERUS Festival 2019: Angélica Negrón’s “Chimera”

Written and composed by National Sawdust Artist-in-Residence Angélica Negrón, Chimera plays with ideas of fantasy and illusion, freely traveling from live singing to lip synch performances.

FERUS Festival 2019: Jojo Abot

POWER TO THE GOD WITHIN is an interdisciplinary, immersive experience that re-presents the black being as divine and all powerful.

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns: New Year’s Eve

Baby Dee’s Big Swan Song

Kwanzaa Fest BK

July 19th

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Ned Rothenberg & John Zorn

An evening honoring Jessye Norman

CANCELED – A Christmas Carol & The Night before Christmas Live Scoring

The Revolution Vol. 34: Salomon Faye, Melissa McMillan, & Zoo Berries

CANCELED – Bonaventure

V Town

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns

January 18th

SOLD OUT – Neneh Cherry

Music Technology Youth Workshops with Sonic Arts For All

December 1st • 11am

Dévotion Live Sessions featuring Tone of Arc

Kate Kay Es

RVNG Intl. presents: Oliver Coates & Visible Cloaks

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Sara Serpa

Glass Handel

AdHoc presents: Andy Shauf (Solo)

Glass Handel

AdHoc presents: Andy Shauf (Solo)

Glass Handel

Jean-Michel Blais

November 10, 2018 – 6pm doors 7pm show National Sawdust presents the World Premiere of Golden Hornet’s The Sound of Science, an evening-length concert presenting eight brand-new pieces of music by seven celebrated international composers. Written for amplified cello and electronics, all pieces will be performed by world-renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet, cellist for John Zorn, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and many more.

AdHoc presents: Matthew Dear (live)

Matthew Dear is a shapeshifter, oscillating seamlessly between DJ, dance-music producer, and experimental pop auteur.

National Sawdust+ presents: Paul Muldoon’s “Against the Grain” featuring Jennifer Egan, Kevin Young, and Matmos

Chris Grymes presents: Joan Tower and Friends

A concert with Joan Tower on her 80th birthday.

The Revolution Vol. 33: Addison Frei, Ryan Peter Scott, & Samira Gibson

Golden Hornet’s The Sound of Science featuring Jeffrey Zeigler

November 10, 2018 – 6pm doors 7pm show National Sawdust presents the World Premiere of Golden Hornet’s The Sound of Science, an evening-length concert presenting eight brand-new pieces of music by seven celebrated international composers. Written for amplified cello and electronics, all pieces will be performed by world-renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet, cellist for John Zorn, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and many more.

PUBLIQuartet Play Andy Akiho

SOLD OUT – Joep Beving

November 2nd, 2018 – 6pm doors • 7pm show

Music Technology Youth Workshops with Sonic Arts For All

November 3rd • 11am

SOLD OUT – Joep Beving

November 2nd, 2018 – 6pm doors • 7pm show

John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series presents: Zeena Parkins with Jeff Kolar

FADER film shoot

In October 2017 FADER rented National Sawdust to shoot a live music video with Canadian singer songwriter Charlotte Cardin. This was part of a series for Atlantic Records artists and it showcased our venue’s amazing capabilities for video content.
October 31, 2018/by Zan Emerson

GCDS fashion shoot

For their September 2018 campaign, Italian streetwear brand GCDS selected National Sawdust as the backdrop to their new photo & video campaign with artists Kali Uchis and Fetty Wap.
October 31, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Mozart in the Jungle

In the summer of 2017, National Sawdust hosted the production crew for the Golden Globe award–winning Amazon Original Series Mozart in the Jungle.
October 30, 2018/by Zan Emerson

5 Seconds of Summer x Tumblr IRL

In June 2018, Tumblr IRL partnered up with Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer and visual artist Signe Pierce to create an immersive one time only visual experience for 300 guests, complete with projections, an elaborate light design from our in-house team, and a holographic photo booth.
October 30, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Yo La Tengo private showcase for Pitchfork

In February 2018, we hosted a private event with the band Yo La Tengo for an intimate Pitchfork video showcase, debuting songs from their upcoming album There’s a Riot Going On. The event received a write-up in the New Yorker, describing National Sawdust as an “intimate, otherworldly space” with “white-panelled walls with jaggedly geometric black laces, ceiling and floor repeating the pattern, the mood of a kind of avant-garde hive.”
October 30, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Sony Lost In Music Series ft. Tinashe

In February 2018, we hosted the latest installment of Sony #LostInMusic: Sessions video​ series, featuring a special performance by artist Tinashe. Our flexible main hall was utilized to create an unmatched visual and auditory experience, unforgettable for our guests and Facebook live streamers alike.
October 30, 2018/by Zan Emerson

mark. By AVON

In January 2017, AVON hosted a global media launch event for their cosmetics brand mark. Press representatives from around the world were invited to the pop-up showroom to familiarize themselves with the cosmetics, and experience the results of a large-scale projection mapping effort. Promotional videos for the product were projected on all the white tiles in our main hall, transforming our venue into a moving work of art.
October 30, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Billecart-Salmon x (RED)

In September 2016, champagne house Billecart-Salmon celebrated (RED)’s 10 year anniversary and $360 million dollars raised for The Global Fund to fight AIDS by launching a limited edition bottling of their Brut Réserve NV, and donating 10% of profits to (RED)’s cause. As Billecart-Salmon explained on their website, “every purchase can provide 16 days of lifesaving medication which prevents transmission of HIV from moms to their unborn babies.”
October 30, 2018/by Zan Emerson

LG Product Launch

In May 2018, LG arrived at National Sawdust in collaboration with AFROPUNK to launch their latest Bluetooth speaker. But this wasn’t just any product launch. They used our space to create an experience where guests could listen to a live album, from synth-pop artist Twin Shadow, while using all five senses in a custom-made motorcycle helmet.
October 30, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Aizuri Quartet

The Revolution Vol. 32: Ayoinmotion, Apex Sky, & LADYBUG

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Live Score

Lobby

• Black-tiled, faceted space with 25ft ceilings
• Box office/registration desk
• Cocktail bar
• Restrooms and coatcheck
• Access sliding door to main hall

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October 26, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Main Hall

• 2,200 square foot hall
• Balcony on three sides
• 25 foot ceiling height
• Full size stage: 27’x 11.5’ x 24’ (adjustable to different sizes and heights)
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October 26, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Film & Photo Shoots

Because of its unique visuals and incredible lighting system, our space is in high demand for film and photo shoots. Our state–of–the–art visual projection system and award–winning interior design offer a dynamic backdrop like no other, leading producers, publications, and fashion companies like Amazon Studios, Fader, and GCDS to chose our space for their latest cutting–edge projects.
October 26, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Private Parties and Weddings

Couples who choose to host their wedding at National Sawdust come to us for an out of the box experience. Unlike any other wedding venue, we provide state of the art lighting, staging, sound, onsite technicians, and a lighting designer in our venue rental.
October 26, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Private Concerts

National Sawdust is a fully equipped music venue designed to provide the highest-quality visual and auditory experience, making it the perfect space to host a private concert. We provide all staging, lighting, sound, and basic music backline for each unique event. The layout of our space allows for theater-style seating, cabaret-style seating, or an open floor plan.
October 26, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Corporate

National Sawdust is the perfect canvas for brands to create a unique visual experience by taking advantage of our in-house a/v equipment and onsite technicians. Located in the cultural heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we are easily accessible to Manhattan by subway, taxi or ferry.
October 26, 2018/by Zan Emerson

AdHoc presents: Hunter Hunt-Hendrix of Liturgy: Origin of the Alimonies

Abraham Brody & Contemporaneous

Karole Armitage

October 20th • 9:30pm doors • 10pm showPunk rock ballerina Karole Armitage performs a new ballet with all new music.

Karole Armitage

October 20th • 6:30pm doors • 7:30pm showPunk rock ballerina Karole Armitage performs a new ballet with all new music.

SOLD OUT – AdHoc presents: Stones Throw Records Showcase: Jerry Paper, Kiefer, Stimulator Jones, Prophet

AdHoc presents: Trevor Powers

October 17th, 2018 - 7pm doors • 8pm show Embracing a combination of noise, beauty, and mercurial avant-pop atmospheres, Trevor Powers molds songs highlighting the intersection of unity and chaos, nightmares, and the invisible forces at war within the human self.

Lavinia Meijer

Lavinia Meijer plays Philip Glass's "Metamorphosis"

J Hoard

October 12th

Gabriel Garzón-Montano

New York Philharmonic Presents: MUTED

October 9th • 8:30pm doors • 9pm show

New York Philharmonic Presents: MUTED

October 9th • 6pm doors • 7pm show

New York Philharmonic Presents: MUTED

October 8th • 8:30pm doors • 9pm show

New York Philharmonic Presents: MUTED

October 8th • 6pm doors • 7pm show

Resonator Festival

Music Technology Youth Workshops with Sonic Arts For All

October 6th • 10:30am

SOLD OUT – George FitzGerald Live + Full Band

Delia Gonzalez & Eric Copeland

FRKWYS Vol. 14

Nico Muhly & Friends: “Marnie” at the Met

Sylvie Courvoisier & Andrew Cyrille: Duo & Solos

The Revolution Vol. 31

SUBHAZE: Invisible Dimensions

Low

Emma O’Halloran

Emma O’Halloran is an Irish composer and musician whose work moves freely between acoustic and electronic forces. Currently at doctoral student at Princeton University, Emma has written for folk musicians, chamber ensembles, turntables, laptop orchestra, and symphony orchestra, along with film and theatre. Her work has been performed at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, and MATA Festival, and she has collaborated with artists such as Crash Ensemble, Contemporaneous, the Refugee Orchestra Project, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

An advocate for inclusivity in classical music, Emma is one of the founding members of the #HearAllComposers campaign, a social media campaign designed to bring attention to issues of gender, race and socio-economic discrimination in the music world by positively promoting an inclusive array of composers and their work. She is also a member of Kinds of Kings composer collective.

Emma is interested in exploring the human experience in her work, often trying to map real or imagined moments in time to capture complex and powerful emotions. Current and future projects include a song cycle for Iarla Ó Lionáird and Mobius Percussion, and a 30-minute vocal work for Beth Morrison Projects Next Generation.

When not composing, she can be found hiking, traveling, practicing yoga, and playing on aerial hoops and silks.
September 21, 2018/by Zan Emerson

X. Lee

X. Lee, based in Los Angeles, defines their voice by the integration of interaction, electronics, multimedia visuals, gesture/movement performance, spatial design, and the synthesis of acoustic and electronic elements. Their renowned background as a DJ and producer in the techno subculture, juxtaposed with their extensive education and training in classical composition, theory and practice, has given them a unique understanding of the relationship between music, technologies, and the human experience. The fully immersive energy and large-scaled audio-visual interactions of “raves” inspires them to take the abstract concepts and aesthetics of techno into their personal electro-acoustic works. They have participated in summer festivals such as the Conservatoire Americaine de Fontainebleau – under the mentorship of François Paris, Martin Matalon, and Allain Gaussin – and Contemporary Music Creation + Critique at Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), which ran alongside ManiFESTE. Their audio-visual electronic works have won calls for scores both from Ensemble Mise-En for Bushwick Open Studios and from Listening to Ladies for Ensemble Ctrl-Z. Most recently, they were featured on the Eastman School of Music’s radio show featuring trans and gender non-binary contemporary composers. In fall 2018, X. Lee will continue their studies in the Cursus Program at IRCAM.
September 21, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Kayla Cashetta

Kayla Cashetta is a composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Inspired by acoustics, new technologies, and the human experience, she strives to explore the intricacies of inner life and interpret them through sound. Past and current projects include concert works, electronic music, and collaborations with dancers, filmmakers, and songwriters. Her music has been performed at soundSCAPE, the Fontainebleau Summer Sessions, the Loretto Project, the Atlantic Music Festival, and the Center for New Music. Cashetta has worked with ensembles and soloists including the Eco Ensemble, Splinter Reeds, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Matt Ingalls, and Longleash. She is currently a doctoral student at UC Berkeley, where she is studying with Ken Ueno, Franck Bedrossian, Cindy Cox, Myra Melford, and Edmund Campion.
September 21, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Angélica Negrón

Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring”. Her music has been performed at the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Ecstatic Music Festival and the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial and she has collaborated with artists like Sō Percussion, loadbang, American Composers Orchestra and Face the Music, among others. Angélica is currently a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center (CUNY), where she studies composition with Tania León. She’s a teaching artist for New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program and Lincoln Center Education working with learners of all ages on creative composition projects. Angélica was the 2014-2015 Van Lier Fellow at American Composers Orchestra and was recently selected as one of the recipients for NYFA’s 2016 Artists’ Fellowship Program.
September 21, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Paola Prestini

Paola Prestini’s music has been commissioned by and performed at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, BAM, and Barbican Centre, by Brooklyn Rider, LA Philharmonic, NY Philharmonic, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and others. Her current commissions include a new opera with Robert Wilson and a new opera with Minnesota Opera. She is the founding Artistic Director and co-founder of National Sawdust.
September 21, 2018/by Zan Emerson

Low

Low

The 25th anniversary show of Low.

Miranda Cuckson and Michael Hersch

Devon Welsh

As the raw, emotionally vulnerable frontman for Majical Cloudz, Devon Welsh toured nationally with Lorde, winning over fans and critics alike, including a show at National Sawdust in 2015. He returns to our venue with his new solo project, stepping beyond the stylistic constraints of his previous work and exploring deep, transcendent themes that cut to the heart of what it means to be alive.

Terry Riley, Gyan Riley & Gavin Rayna Russom

Minimalism meets punk rock synth as acclaimed American composer Terry Riley joins LCD Soundsystem’s Gavin Rayna Russom in a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration.

Terry Riley and Julian Wachner

National Sawdust launches their fourth season with a night devoted to new music from celebrated minimalist composer and Founding Artistic Advisory Board member Terry Riley, who has been lauded as a “pioneering American composer” and the “guru of American music” (New York Times).

Madame Gandhi

Mai Khoi and The Dissidents + Paul Tran

Sumac

Summer Labs: Yoon-Ji Lee‘s “Sunday Supper” and Adrianna Aguilar’s TREES

Bill Frisell + Ikue Mori Duet

An Evening with VÉRITÉ

Okzharp & Manthe Ribane, Sho Madjozi, DJ Lag, Phatstoki

Rinde Eckert

The Revolution Vol. 30

August 25th, 2018 — 10pmThe Revolution is a monthly showcase highlighting the best emerging musicians from Brooklyn & Harlem.

David Greilsammer, piano “The Labyrinth”

KHORIKOS, Vanguard Reed Quintet, and Jeff Siegfried

Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux

Object Collection ‘It’s All True’

August 9th, 2018 – 7pm doors • 8pm show It's All True is an opera-in-suspension from New York ensemble Object Collection based on the complete live archives of iconic underground band Fugazi.

Alan Braufman featuring Cooper-Moore & James Brandon Lewis

August 3rd, 2018 - 7pm doors • 8pm show Alan and his band will perform his free jazz album Valley of Search live for the first time in over 40 years.  Originally released in 1975 by India Navigation, Valley of Search has enjoyed a cult status and captures a unique and very alive historical slice of New York’s creative improvised jazz underground.  This show commemorates the first ever reissue of the album on June 29.

Summer Labs

Six local artists are chosen each year to workshop and showcase their creative project inside National Sawdust.
July 30, 2018/by becki

The Revolution Vol. 29

July 28th, 2018 — 10pmThe Revolution is a monthly showcase highlighting the best emerging musicians from Brooklyn & Harlem.

Natti Vogel

July 28th, 2018 — 7pm After two previous sold out album concerts, Vogel returns to National Sawdust for two shows this July, where the full body of his work will be on display.

Honeyfingers

July 27th, 2018 – 6pm doors • 7pm show Honeyfingers, the Jonny Lam led band that’s made waves for its brand of “country jazz and western swing,” presents music drawn from Lam’s myriad experiences, including as a Chinese-American.

Natti Vogel

July 20th, 2018 — 7pm After two previous sold out album concerts, Vogel returns to National Sawdust for two shows this July, where the full body of his work will be on display.

FYFYA WOTO | “POWER TO THE GOD WITHIN”

July 14th, 2018 - 7:00pm A multi sensory experience inviting the community into a sacred and shared space provoked and stimulated by expressions of identity, community and spirituality. Through moving and still imagery, multi media art installations, sound and performance art, the artist invites you to reimagine your SELF and the world you occupy daily.

Caparundi

July 13th, 2018 – 6pm doors • 7pm show Sinkane (born Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab in London, England) is a Sudanese-American musician who blends krautrock, prog rock, electronica, free jazz and funk rock with Sudanese pop.

Gavilán Rayna Russom

Gavilán Rayna Russom is a New York based multimedia artist and composer of electronic music. Using the analog and digital synthesizer, she has produced a body of extremely influential art and music over the last 15 years. She is perhaps best known as the synthesist in the critically-acclaimed band LCD Soundsystem. Much of her work is informed by her deep relationship with the analog synthesizer, a tool she has applied herself to not only as a composer and player, but also as a designer and builder since 1999.
July 11, 2018/by becki

Tania León

Tania León is a Cuban-born composer, conductor, educator and advisor to arts organizations. In 1969 León became a founding member and the first musical director of Arthur Mitchell's Dance Theater of Harlem, establishing its music department, music school, and orchestra.
July 11, 2018/by becki

COBRA

June 30th, 2018 – 6pm doors • 7pm show This evening is a full, woman-led performance of Cobra (1984), a frequently performed John Zorn masterwork hailed by the New York Times for its “tangible, underlying humor.” A piece for improvisers and prompter, it is an essential snapshot of Zorn’s trademark style of unpredictability.

Films by Maya Deren, Marie Menken, and Raha Raissnia

June 29th, 2018 – 9:30m doors • 10pm show Live the magic of watching a film with a John Zorn soundtrack performed live in the same room. The work of three incredible 20th century women filmmakers—Maya Deren, Marie Menken, and Raha Raissnia—will be on display.

Women Visionaries: Inspirations from Hildegard von Bingen, Hilma af Klint, and Agnes Martin

June 29th, 2018 – 6pm doors • 7pm show This concert celebrates recent work by John Zorn that draws material from seminal composers Hilma af Klint, Hildegard von Bingen, and Agnes Martin. To complete the immersive experience, specially curated images of the three composers will surround the performers.

John Zorn Presents: Jon Irabagon

June 27th, 2018 - 6pm doors • 7pm show Composer and revolutionary saxophonist Jon Irabagon premieres After Talk, a new song cycle for classical voice, piano and improvising saxophone. Irabagon's intergenerational collaborations have garnered worldwide rave reviews, and he combines both worlds tonight in a brand new long-form work that depicts a relationship from start to finish and all the love, anger and anguish in between.

Jonah Sirota Presents Strong Sad

June 26th, 2018 - 6pm doors • 7pm showViolist Jonah Sirota, currently of the Grammy-nominated Chiara String Quartet, celebrates his newest National Sawdust Tracks album, STRONG SAD, a classical new music commissioning and recording project featuring newly composed elegies by some of today’s most vital composers.

Contemporaneous with Face the Music

June 24th, 3:30 doors • 4pm show Contemporaneous, the 21-piece ensemble lauded as “ferocious” by the New York Times, performs And Flowers Showered, an immersive evening-length exploration of the self through music, movement, and visual art.

The Revolution Vol. 28

June 23rd, 2018 — 10pmThe Revolution is a monthly showcase highlighting the best emerging musicians from Brooklyn & Harlem.

Songs of David Del Tredici and Eric Moe

June 20, 2018 - 7:00pm Songs of Eric Moe and David Del Tredici. Will include Moe's & a Warm Hello From the Alien Ant Farm and selections from Del Tredici's Gay Life, Three Baritone Songs, Penis Poems and others

Beth Orton

June 18th, 2018 - 7pm doors • 8pm show Beth Orton is one of the most unique and beguiling voices in British music. Over two decades she has proved herself to be a peerless artist able to effortlessly bridge the previously unseen musical gaps between the Chemical Brothers and Bert Jansch.

Beth Orton

June 17th, 2018 - 7pm doors • 8pm show Beth Orton is one of the most unique and beguiling voices in British music. Over two decades she has proved herself to be a peerless artist able to effortlessly bridge the previously unseen musical gaps between the Chemical Brothers and Bert Jansch.

The Wolfgang

June 17th, 2018 — 2pm doors • 3pm show Step into an afternoon with one of the world’s premier rising piano trios. Composed of three incisive and expressive women, The Wolfgang is a collective of three acclaimed soloists who have performed together for the past three years. Their breadth of experience as well as their deep familiarity with one another result in unique performances from the classical repertoire. Piazzola, Rachmaninoff and Fanny Mendelssohn are the composers in tonight’s program.

Sinkane presents Underground System

June 16th, 2018 - 6pm doors • 7pm show Fresh off a sensational appearance at Snarky Puppy’s Ground Up Festival, Underground System brings their female-fronted brand of global dance music to National Sawdust.

Jazz for Kids: Timbalooloo

June 16th - 11:00am In the Timbalooloo concept, all the instruments come to life and talk through their music so that the children conceive of making music as the magical act of making their instrument come to life.

NationalSawdust+ and London Review of Books present Regarding Whitney

June 13th, 2018 - 6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show In this special evening created by NationalSawdust+ and the London Review of Books, writers and musicians will reflect on Whitney Houston as artist, actress and icon, and help us consider her anew. Poet, critic, and melomaniac August Kleinzahler and musicians such as Du Yun and Shayna Dunkelman, Carl Hancock Rux, and Esperanza Spalding will share performances and readings inspired by Houston’s sweeping body of work.

Hildegard Competition Concert

June 12th, 2018 - 6pm doors • 7pm show This concert celebrates the winning composers of the Hildegard Competition, National Sawdust’s inaugural competition to support emerging women and non-binary composers. Out of 140 submissions, three composers were chosen as winners: Emma O’Halloran (Ireland), X. Lee, (Los Angeles), and Kayla Cashetta (San Francisco/Bay Area)

Lonnie Holley with Nelson Patton

June 11th, 2018 - 6pm doors • 7pm show Nelson Patton, a boundary-breaking duo of trombone and drums, joins forces with artist/musician Lonnie Holley to present an evening of improvisation, storytelling, and visual art.

Choral Chameleon: Mind

June 10, 2018 - 7:00pm A showcase of contemporary works for choir themed around the intellectual journey of a singer, one fraught with endless self-questioning, trust issues, and of course, ultra-precise technical training.

The Creative Independent x Northside Festival

June 9th, 2018 - 8:00pm

International Anthem x Northside Festival

June 8th, 2018 - 8:00pm

Northside Festival Presents Liz Phair

June 7th, 2018 - 8:00pm Tickets on sale Friday, March 23rd at 10am. 

Face the Music: Luna Lab

June 6th, 2018 - 6pm doors • 7pm show The composers of the all-woman Luna Lab music collective will have world premieres on June 6th, performed by the outstanding Face the Music ensemble. The concert will also include music by established female composers, Luna Lab mentors and special guests.

Kinan Azmeh Presents Issam Rafea: Ancient Sound

May 31, 2018 - 7:00pmReaching from Middle Eastern roots, up and out to a sound beyond boundaries.

John Zorn Presents: Annie Gosfield

May 30th, 2018 - 6pm doors • 7pm show This month’s featured artist is Annie Gosfield, a composer who the BBC calls “a one-woman Hadron collider.” A expert walker of the tightrope between electronic and acoustic music, Gosfield specializes in using found sounds such as machines, destroyed pianos, warped records, and jammed radio signals, which led the New York Times to call her a “master of musical feedback.”

ICE Presents: The Music of Anna Thorvaldsdottir with Cory Smythe and the International Contemporary Ensemble

May 27, 2018 - 4:00pm The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) present an evening of the keyboard works of Anna Thorvaldsdottir in an intimate and immersive, multimedia setting at National Sawdust.

The Revolution Vol. 27

May 26th, 2018 — 10pmThe Revolution is a monthly showcase highlighting the best emerging musicians from Brooklyn & Harlem.

Alela Diane

May 26th, 2018 - 7:00pmDescribed as an artist who creates “softly spooked out folk music,” Diane’s newest album is also her most personal: created in celebration of motherhood, a taboo subject in songwriting circles.

Jazz for Kids: Timbalooloo

May 26th - 11:00am In the Timbalooloo concept, all the instruments come to life and talk through their music so that the children conceive of making music as the magical act of making their instrument come to life.

NationalSawdust+ presents The Perception of Beauty

May 24th, 2018 - 6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show “National Sawdust+ presents the Lab of Misfits in a mind-expanding evening, The Perception of Beauty, conceived by neuroscientist Beau Lotto and musician Oded Lev-Ari. Join an evening of audience experiments, musical demonstrations, and conversation that reveal the invisible matrix that govern the way we experience sound, investigate notions of beauty, and explore imperfection.

Corigliano @ 80

May 23rdth - 7:00pm National Sawdust continues its year-long celebration of famed composer John Corigliano’s 80th birthday with a concert highlighting his chamber works.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

May 22nd, 2018 - 8:00pm Raised on Orcas Island off the coast of Washington state, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's compositions are surreal yet rooted in nature. By combining the organic elements of her upbringing with the technological prowess gained from her studies at Berklee College of Music, Kaitlyn's impact on modern music is distinct and significant.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

May 21st, 2018 - 8:00pm Raised on Orcas Island off the coast of Washington state, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's compositions are surreal yet rooted in nature. By combining the organic elements of her upbringing with the technological prowess gained from her studies at Berklee College of Music, Kaitlyn's impact on modern music is distinct and significant.

Stephanie Richards – Fullmoon

May 19th, 2018 - 9pm doors • 10pm show “Envelope-shredding” trumpeter and composer Stephanie Richards joins forces with Dawn of Midi’s drummer/composer Qasim Naqvi and pioneering live-sampler J.A. Dino Deane for a sonic exploration of supernatural groove.

Alicia Svigals: The Yellow Ticket

May 19, 2018 - 7:00pm The Yellow Ticket is a multimedia event featuring a rare 1918 silent film and an original score by renowned klezmer violinist/vocalist/composer Alicia Svigals, performed live along with Toronto's virtuoso new-music pianist Marilyn Lerner.

National Sawdust+ presents Yo-Yo Ma + Maria Popova

May 18th, 2018 - 6:15pm doors • 7pm talk Yo-Yo Ma's generous spirit and expansive curiosity have led him far beyond music and the arts, fueling explorations into culture, society, and creativity. Maria Popova casts light on essential ideas across philosophy, science, poetry, and more on her indispensable website "Brain Pickings," an “online emporium of ideas” (The New York Times) that helps us deepen our understanding of the world and of ourselves. Now, National Sawdust+ presents these two extraordinary thinkers in a rare conversation.

Oracle Hysterical

May 13th, 2018 - 8pm Oracle Hysterical is a collective of composers and performers who celebrate the release of their latest album, Hecuba on National Sawdust Tracks.

Very Young Composers’ El Puente Showcase performed by Face the Music

May 12th, 2018 - 11:30am doors • 12pm show 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.

AdHoc Presents Smerz w/ MHYSA

May 11th, 2018 - 10:30pm With their unique electronic sound blending deconstructed club music, minimalist R&B and experimental pop and techno, Smerz are also prolific DJs who's DJing style takes a similar route. Mixing live vocals over their own music and interlaced with choice cuts aimed squarely at the dancefloor, this duo DJ hard in a live setting and are thrilling to watch as well as listen.

2018 Spring Gala

May 10, 2018 The Alhambra Ballroom, Harlem

Experiments in Opera: And Here We Are

May 6, 2018 - 7:00pm And Here We Are is a 90-minute work scored for 4 vocal soloists, choir and mixed ensemble. The premiere production will be staged using an updated take on traditional Southeast Asian shadow puppetry.

Caravan Gitane presents CONCR3T LIVE

May 5th, 2018 - 10pm doors & show Caravan Gitane will present the worldwide debut of CONCR3T LIVE, a multi-sensory musical journey that combines music, art installations, and video projections.

Emily Wells

May 5th, 2018 — 7pmThe “quietly transfixing” alternative violinist, singer, producer and composer Emily Wells performs a rare solo set, reimagining her latest work.

Opera Showcase: Works-in-Progress

May 3, 2018 - 7:00pm Works-in-Progress from National Sawdust Artists-in-Residence

Nora Fischer, Ragazze Quartet, and Remco Menting: The Secret Diary of Nora Plain

April 29th, 2018 — 4pm The Secret Diary of Nora Plain is a song cycle that tells the intimate story of a girl who tries to lead her own life in a world that relentlessly encroaches on her innermost thoughts and feelings.

The Revolution Vol. 26

April 28, 2018 — 10pmThe Revolution is a monthly showcase highlighting the best emerging musicians from Brooklyn & Harlem.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus – Silent Voices

April 28th, 2018 - 7pm Silent Voices is a multimedia, multi-composer series of concert works with spoken word conceived, produced and performed by the sensational voices of Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus – Silent Voices

April 27th, 2018 - 7pm & 9:30pm Silent Voices is a multimedia, multi-composer series of concert works with spoken word conceived, produced and performed by the sensational voices of Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

John Zorn Presents: Uzupis

April 25th, 2018 - 7:00pm For April, Zorn presents Uzupis, a band led by revolutionary musician Kenny Wollesen. An eclectic, shimmering trio of 2 vibraphones and electric drums, Uzupis will create a spectacular experience using with the help of Wollesonics, newly created instruments by Wollesen.

OperaComp

April 22nd - 4pm OperaComp is proud and excited to be returning for its second season in New York City, with performances of six brand new scenes for the stage at the Juilliard School and National Sawdust in Spring 2018.

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns

April 19th – 7pm & 10:30pm Drag queen Sasha Velour (Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 9) presents Nightgowns, an evening of short drag performances. Each month features a new lineup of performers, using gender, dance, music, fashion, and visual art in combination to explore both the political and the personal…surprisingly funny, moving, and glamorously queer!

National Sawdust+ Presents “On the Frontlines” with Mariana Sadovska & Daniel Bernard Roumain

April 18th, 2018 - 7pm “On the Frontlines” brings together two creative forces – Mariana Sadovska, known as “Ukrainian Björk,” and the genre-defying Daniel Bernard Roumain – for a night of poetic beauty drawn from war and resistance.

MaJid

April 14th - 7:00pm Three time Downbeat Rising Jazz violinist Ma*JiD ecstatically celebrates the release of his newest album, Sound of a Flower.

Abraham Brody & Trys Keturiose: ANCESTORS

April 12, 2018 - 7:00pm In our modern society, many of us have lost our roots. Knocked off balance by the speed and immediacy of modern technology, we have lost touch with many of the traditions which both ground us and orientate us to the rhythms of life. First premiered at the Barbican Centre in London, 'Ancestors’ draws from both folk music and ancient rituals of Baltic Culture, exploring the connection to his roots through ritual, gesture, and music.

Rafiq Bhatia

April 9th - 8:00pm New York composer and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia seeks to shatter preconceptions about how much can be said without a word—and, for that matter, who can say it. Bhatia’s audacious first album as a producer sets out to challenge existing musical vocabulary with a language of its own.

CIACCONA: The Bass of Time | Robyn Bollinger, violin

April 8, 2018 - 7:30pm

Cantori New York CHIMES

April 8, 2018 - 2:30pm CHIMES is an evening-length Russian-language work for chorus, soloists, and instruments. The inexorable musical and dramatic momentum of the piece will sweep listeners along and inspire a timely reflection on the seductive yet treacherous appeal of an artfully invoked nationalism and populism.

Corigliano @ 80: PUBLIQuartet

April 7th - 7:00pm This performance features PUBLIQuartet, lauded by the New York Times as a “confident step into the future.” The award-winning string quartet gives an invigorating performance of Corigliano’s String Quartet No. 1 alongside works by his protégés: Nico Muhly, Gity Razaz, and Deniz Hughes.

Jazz for Kids: Timbalooloo

April 7th - 11:00am In the Timbalooloo concept, all the instruments come to life and talk through their music so that the children conceive of making music as the magical act of making their instrument come to life.

HSBC & Académie du Festival d’Aix present Jakub Jozef Orlinski & Michal Biel

April 4, 2018 Hear opera’s best rising stars as the Académie of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence presents Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński in recital with pianist Michal Biel.

New York Philharmonic: CONTACT!

April 2nd, 2018 - 7:30pmCONTACT! returns to 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).

Iranian Female Composers Association Launch Concert

April 1st, 2018 – 4pm The Iranian Female Composers Association (IFCA) holds their launch concert, presenting the music of Iranian women composers who are active throughout the world.

Lazer Eyes

March 31st, 2018 - 10pm This performance presents one act of Lazer Eyes, a dazzling, one-of-a-kind electronic dance-opera. Originally a fully produced concept album by New York-based creative collaboration Van Broh, Lazer Eyes pays heed to classical form while utilizing a variety of EDM styles.

Jennifer Koh: Limitless

March. 31st, 2018 - 7:00pm Through duo commissions performed by violinist Jennifer Koh and the composers themselves, Limitless celebrates the collaborative relationship between composer and performer, while also exploring the historical role of the composer as performer.

John King Premieres works for cello and piano, featuring Jeffrey Zeigler and Taka Kigawa

March 30th, 2018 - 7:00pm Composer John King, praised by The Paris Review as “extraordinary” for his intimate knowledge of Arabic music and improvisatory brilliance, will present three world premieres of works featuring cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and pianist Taka Kigawa.

GYAN RILEY: Sprig Album Release

March 29, 2018 - 7:00pm Gyan Riley, described by The New Yorker as a “one-man American-music machine,” debuts his fifth album, Sprig. The album will be released on National Sawdust Tracks, the in-house record label formerly known as VIA Records, presenting a carefully curated selection of new music from bold voices.

John Zorn Presents: The Stone Commissioning Series: Pamelia Stickney

March 28th, 2018 - 7:00pm For March, Zorn presents theremin maven Pamelia Stickney, whose playing has been described as “haunting” by People’s World.

The Revolution Vol. 25: Two Year Anniversary Showcase

March 24, 2017 — 10pmThe Revolution is a monthly showcase highlighting the best emerging musicians from Brooklyn & Harlem.

Four Tet Live

March 23, 2018 - 8pm doors / 9pm show Four Tet debuts his new live set in Brooklyn for one of his few 2018 U.S. performances.

Four Tet Live

March 22, 2018 - 8pm doors / 9pm show Four Tet debuts his new live set in Brooklyn for one of his few 2018 U.S. performances.

Four Tet Live

March 21, 2018 - 8pm doors / 9pm show Four Tet debuts his new live set in Brooklyn for one of his few U.S. 2018 performances.

Four Tet Live

March 20, 2018 - 8pm doors / 9pm show Four Tet debuts his new live set in Brooklyn for one of his few 2018 U.S. performances.

Four Tet Live

March 19, 2018 - 8pm doors / 9pm show Four Tet debuts his new live set in Brooklyn for one of his few 2018 U.S. performances.

M IS BLACK ENOUGH

March 19th, 2018 - 6pm Miyamoto is Black Enough is a collaborative exploration of meaning and conversation, based on Ariana Miyamoto, a Japanese national who grew up as a self-described mixed race “hafu,” the child of an African American father and Japanese mother. After winning Miss Universe Japan 2015, many Japanese expressed concern at her lack of “pure” parentage—that she was not Japanese enough.

The Colorado

March 18th, 2018 - 7:30pm Exploring the Colorado River Basin from social, ecological, and historical perspectives, this groundbreaking, music-driven eco-documentary draws on the combined talents of filmmaker Murat Eyuboglu; composers Paola Prestini, Shara Nova, Bill Brittelle, Glenn Kotche, and Pulitzer Prize laureate John Luther Adams; and Academy Award®–winning narrator Sir Mark Rylance (Best Supporting Actor, Bridge of Spies).

When the World’s on Fire

March 18th, 2018 - 6pm Today, as myth and fantasy spill out into the political stage, New York icon, guitarist Marc Ribot joins with National Sawdust artist-in-resident, celebrated performer and vocalist Sophia Brous to premiere a new exploration into songs of beauty, disorder and dissent for a new America, where the blurred lines between dream and waking call on a new songbook of lullabies, hymns and songs of resistance to guide us in the days ahead.

Peter Salett + Michael Arthur: Suite for the Summer Rain / Dance of the Yellow Leaf

March 18, 2018 - 4:00pm Film composer/singer-songwriter Peter Salett, a “downtown folk legend” (Time Out NY) who has opened for the likes of The Swell Season and They Might Be Giants, performs this wistful song cycle backed by strings and percussion and accompanied by artist Michael Arthur’s evocative, improvised ink illustrations, which unfurl live, projected on a big screen, alongside the music.

BMP: Next Generation

March 17th, 2018 - 7pm Led by music directors Lidiya Yankovskaya and David Bloom with stage direction by Luke Leonard, new music ensemble Contemporaneous will provide its orchestral forces for the BMP: Next Generation concert.

Residency Rehearsal

Residency Rehearsal

Jennifer Koh: Limitless

March. 15th, 2018 - 7:00pm Through duo commissions performed by violinist Jennifer Koh and the composers themselves, Limitless celebrates the collaborative relationship between composer and performer, while also exploring the historical role of the composer as performer.

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns

March 14th – 7pm & 10:30pm Drag queen Sasha Velour (Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 9) presents Nightgowns, an evening of short drag performances. Each month features a new lineup of performers, using gender, dance, music, fashion, and visual art in combination to explore both the political and the personal…surprisingly funny, moving, and glamorously queer!

Spring Revolution: Aakash Mittal’s Awaz Trio

March 11th, 2018 - 7:30pm The Awaz Trio sculpts sonic landscapes, pointillistic textures, and angular melodies from Indian and American improvised music. The trio has performed across the Northeast, New York, Denver, and Kolkata, India.

Spring Revolution: Pauchi Sasaki and Claire Chase

March 11th, 2018 - 3pm The duo will perform a variety of deeply haunting works that draw on their decades of expertise and experience, using acoustic instruments, vocals, electronic instruments, and eclectic items like Sasaki’s trademark worn speaker dress. 

Spring Revolution: Two Cellists

March 10th, 2018 - 10pm This performance features works by seminal composer Isang Yun (1917 - 1955), to be performed by two cellists in collaboration with Bhutanese musicians.

Spring Revolution: The Shanghai You Don’t Know

March 10th, 2018 - 6pm This event offers a powerful glimpse into Shanghai, and the art created in one of the most vibrant cities in the world with a screening of the documentary Lotus Ferry and more.

Jazz for Kids: Timbalooloo

March 10th - 11:00am In the Timbalooloo concept, all the instruments come to life and talk through their music so that the children conceive of making music as the magical act of making their instrument come to life.

Spring Revolution: Du Yun + Ok Miss

March 9th, 2018 - 10pm Pulitzer Prize winning composer and “indie pop diva” Du Yun (New York Times) takes the stage with OK Miss, her own experimental band, who will debut a slew of new material.

Spring Revolution: Gamelan Dharma Swara

March 9th, 2018 - 7pm The 25-person ensemble will present an evening of works spanning 500 years, exploring the many facets of the Balinese performing arts.

Spring Revolution: CuCu Diamantes – Sins of Picasso

March 8th, 2018 - 7pm The Sins of Picasso is a hybrid of music, performance art, cabaret and theater centered around 8-10 music themes written by CuCu Diamantes and performed in collaboration with musicians and artists, led by musical director Alain Perez, to express the vitality of Latin-American and Caribbean-American culture.

Spring Revolution: Saint Sister

March 7th, 2018 - 7pm The electro-folk duo comes to the US for a rare concert after a 2017 year filled with sold-out performances across the pond.

Spring Revolution: REFUGEES ORCHESTRA PROJECT

March 4, 2018 - 4:00pm Incorporating themes from their recent video project with Papel&Caneta, Refugee Orchestra Project UNITES by bringing together refugee and non-refugee musicians in a multimedia performance.

Spring Revolution: Songlines for a New World – “Where the Sky Meets the Earth”

March 3rd, 2018 - 10pm Emily Wurramara performs with her band, and is accompanied by guest artist Saraima Navara, a Brisbane-based singer who also performs guitar and hand percussion.

Spring Revolution: Songlines for a New World : The Sky Above the Roof

March 3rd, 2018 - 7pm Recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey presents "The Sky Above the Roof,” an airy evening of poetic contemplation, using film and music to celebrate Australia’s mother earth.

Spring Revolution: L’Rain with Nancy Feast

March 2nd, 2018 - 7pm L'Rain, hailed by the New York Times as a “one-woman studio band” and by Tiny Mix Tape as “the best moments of Stereolab or Frank Ocean’s ‘Endless,’” performs a set of spiritual music exploring the complexity of grief and the audacity of joy.

John Zorn Presents: The Stone Commissioning Series: Craig Taborn

February 28th, 2018 - 7:00pm Listen to Taborn premiere a brand new work on the stage for the first time, along with other repertoire that Taborn personally curates for the evening.

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns

February 26th – 7pm & 10:30pm Drag queen Sasha Velour (Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 9) presents Nightgowns, an evening of short drag performances. Each month features a new lineup of performers, using gender, dance, music, fashion, and visual art in combination to explore both the political and the personal…surprisingly funny, moving, and glamorously queer!

Contemporaneous: And Flowers Showered

February 25th - 4pm & 7pm Contemporaneous, the 21-piece ensemble lauded as “ferocious” by the New York Times, performs And Flowers Showered, an immersive evening-length exploration of the self through music, movement, and visual art.

The Revolution Vol. 24

Feb 24, 2017 — 10pmThe Revolution is a monthly showcase highlighting the best emerging musicians from Brooklyn & Harlem.

The Hogstad Brothers: National Stardust

Feb 23rd, 2018 – 10pm DJ/VJ duo The Hogstad Brothers will be spinning the musical web of David Bowie and the artists that he’s influenced (Kraftwerk, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Funkadelic, Chic, Luther Vandross, A Tribe Called Quest, and many more).

ZOFOMOMA

Feb. 23rd, 2018 - 7:00pm ZOFOMOMA is a multimedia concert experience with new music and art from around the world. The performance unfolds as an aurally and visually stunning walking tour through a virtual museum of modern art.

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns

February 19th – 7pm & 10:30pm Drag queen Sasha Velour (Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 9) presents Nightgowns, an evening of short drag performances. Each month features a new lineup of performers, using gender, dance, music, fashion, and visual art in combination to explore both the political and the personal…surprisingly funny, moving, and glamorously queer!

Classical Sundays: Ian Rosenbaum Presents Liberty Rose Weeping

Feb. 18th, 2018 — 4pm This edition of Classical Sundays features the unique trio of percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, violinist Emily Daggett Smith and cellist/composer Andrea Casarrubios.

Jazz for Kids: Timbalooloo

February 17th - 11:00am In the Timbalooloo concept, all the instruments come to life and talk through their music so that the children conceive of making music as the magical act of making their instrument come to life.

John Corigliano @ 80

Friday, February 16th – 7pm This celebration, exclusively at National Sawdust, features Contemporaneous, American pianist Molly Morkoski, and soprano Lindsay Kesselman.

National Sawdust+ Presents “Mozart in the Jungle” Season Four release party

Feb 13th, 2018 - 7:30pm National Sawdust+ hosts the release party of Season Four of "Mozart in the Jungle!" The festive evening will showcase live music commissioned by the Golden-Globe award-winning series, lively comments from showrunner William Graham, and a sneak peek of clips from the new season, which includes scenes shot inside National Sawdust.

Theo Bleckmann & Uri Caine Present WinterICE

Feb 9th, 2018 - 7:00pm Theo Bleckmann performs Schubert’s song cycle “Die Winterreise” as reimagined by himself and pianist Uri Caine. In a first for National Sawdust, the venue will be turned into an ice skating rink.

Lara Downes: FOR LENNY, with special guest Rhiannon Giddens

Feb. 7th, 2018 - 8:00pm Pianist Lara Downes celebrates the launch of her Sony Classical debut album FOR LENNY, a Leonard Bernstein centennial tribute that spans the landscape of American music from the past, present, and future.

Choral Chameleon: Spirit

Feb. 4, 2018 - 4:00pm This program is the first installment of 3-part 'Mind, Body, Spirit' series in 2018 recognizing the singer as an instrument who is also a whole person. In 'Spirit', Choral Chameleon’s 12-voice Ensemble explores the movement of the palpable, yet unseen musician's spirit. In this unique program, members of the Ensemble will engage in the music selection as a means of autobiography - each of them openly telling the unique story of their musical upbringing.

Kate Kay Es

February 3rd, 2018 - 9:00pm Kate Kay Es, the pop siren equally obsessed with R&B, the avant-garde, and fifties jazz, performs with her full, seven-piece band.

Choral Chameleon: Spirit

Feb. 2, 2018 - 7:00pm This program is the first installment of 3-part 'Mind, Body, Spirit' series in 2018 recognizing the singer as an instrument who is also a whole person. In 'Spirit', Choral Chameleon’s 12-voice Ensemble explores the movement of the palpable, yet unseen musician's spirit.

The Epichorus “Najara” Album Release Party

February 1st, 2018 - 10pm This performances celebrates Najara, the second studio album from The Epichorus, weavers of Middle-Eastern and Indian roots music.

Kinan Azmeh Presents: Tarek Yamani’s Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic

February 1, 2018 - 7:00pm Tarek Yamani's critically acclaimed album "Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic" is an exploration of classical Arabic music within the frameworks of African-American jazz. The result, a genre often dubbed as "Afro-Tarab" is jazz piano trio performance which will take the audience on a journey from late 1800's Egypt and Iraq to contemporary New York.

John Zorn Presents: The Stone Commissioning Series: Tyshawn Sorey

January 31st, 2018 - 7:00pm As the first of the new year, this special edition of the Stone Series features Tyshawn Sorey front and center

Fresh Squeezed Opera Presents: Kate Soper’s Here Be Sirens

Jan 28, 2018 - 4:00pm Mythological sirens roost deep in our collective conscious, ancient forerunners to the femme fatale. In Here Be Sirens; join these singing ciphers as they investigate their own origins, seeking–through the twists & turns of literature & philosophy–a way off the island for good.

The Revolution Vol. 23

Jan 27, 2017 — 10pmThe Revolution is a monthly showcase highlighting the best emerging musicians from Brooklyn & Harlem.

Emily Wells

Jan 27, 2018 — 7pmThe “quietly transfixing” alternative violinist, singer, producer and composer Emily Wells performs a rare solo set, reimagining her latest work.

Ricardo Romaneiro presents SUBHAZE : RESONANT SYMMETRY

Jan. 26th, 2018 - 8:00pmSound artist Ricardo Romaneiro creates a transcendental experience through fog, video projection, surround-sound music, and more.

Juilliard Songfest

Jan. 24th, 2018 - 7:00pm Brian Zeger, the artistic director of the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, curates and performs a program of art songs by Hindemith, Britten, Moore and Copland set to the poetry of John Keats and Emily Dickinson.

ICE Presents: The Music of Nicole Mitchell, Lu Wang, Okkyung Lee, and More!

Jan. 21, 2018 - 4:00pm The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) presents new works by Okkyung Lee, Nicole Mitchell, and Lu Wang in an eclectic set of pairings of ICE musicians.

Natti Vogel: Serving Body

Jan. 20, 2018 — 7pmCelebrate the latest release of alt-pop mastermind Natti Vogel, Serving Body, on the date of its release, only at National Sawdust.

Jazz for Kids: Timbalooloo

Jan. 20th, 2017 - 11:00am In the Timbalooloo concept, all the instruments come to life and talk through their music so that the children conceive of making music as the magical act of making their instrument come to life.

FERUS Festival: Russian Renaissance

Jan. 16, 2018 — 7pm Hear M-Prize winners Russian Renaissance perform original soundtracks in a screening of iconic Italian film.

FERUS Festival: Sxip Shirey

Jan. 15, 2018 — 7pm The third night of FERUS is hosted by Sxip Shirey, as he pulls out all the stops. You’ll hear and see cell phones, puppeteers, and a tunnel of singers.

Prototype: Secrets US Premiere

Jan 14, 2018 - 5:00pm In Secrets, the soprano Claron McFadden and the Massot-Florizoone-Horbaczewski jazz trio source hundreds of anonymous testimonies from the general public and audience members to craft a personal and intense experience.

Prototype: Secrets US Premiere

Jan 14, 2018 - 12:00pm In Secrets, the soprano Claron McFadden and the Massot-Florizoone-Horbaczewski jazz trio source hundreds of anonymous testimonies from the general public and audience members to craft a personal and intense experience.

Prototype: Secrets US Premiere

January 13, 2018 - 7:00pm In Secrets, the soprano Claron McFadden and the Massot-Florizoone-Horbaczewski jazz trio source hundreds of anonymous testimonies from the general public and audience members to craft a personal and intense experience. A musical and visual mosaic in which Claron McFadden, singing, whispering and laughing, merges sorrowful, mischievous and cynical passages into one another.

FERUS Festival: Nadia Sirota and Liam Byrne

Jan 12, 2018 — 7pm Night Two of the FERUS Festival brings Tessellatum, a film and an album fused into one surreal, total experience.

FERUS Festival: BISHI

Jan. 11, 2018 — 7pm Kick off The FERUS Festival with Bishi as she premieres her newest song cycle chronicling her search for belonging in a multicultural world.

New York Philharmonic: CONTACT!

Jan 8, 2018 - 7:30pmCONTACT! returns to 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).

Classical Sundays: Huizi Zhang, Pianist

Jan. 7th, 2018 — 4PMPianist Huizi Zhang explores the evolution of virtuosic piano music, premiering work from today's most exciting living composers.

Liza Stepanova

Jan. 6th, 2018 - 7:00pm Pianist Liza Stepanova, praised by The New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” celebrates the release of her new album, Tones & Colors (CAG Records), with this concert at National Sawdust.

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns: New Year’s Eve 2018

John Zorn Presents: The Stone Commissioning Series: Vicky Chow

December 27, 2017 - 7:00pm Pianist Vicky Chow performs in trio with longtime John Zorn associates Shanir Blumenkranz and recent MacArthur winner Tyshawn Sorey.

Winter solstice show: JACK Quartet performs Haas in the dark

Dec 21, 2017 - 9:30pm JACK returns to National Sawdust on the winter solstice to give the US premiere of this mystical exploration of darkness.

Winter solstice show: JACK Quartet performs Haas in the dark

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00pm JACK turns out the lights in National Sawdust on the Winter Solstice, performing the US premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas's latest string quartet in total darkness.

Jenny Hval

Dec. 18, 2017 - 8:00pm Jenny Hval has in recent years made a name for herself as a recording artist and writer both in her native Norway and abroad. Multidisciplinary and transgressive are words often employed to describe her art, but Jenny Hval’s polyphonic artistry is in fact seamlessly interwoven between musical, literary, visual and performative modes of expression. Her artistic voice is altogether present, accessible and obscurely complex at the same time.

Book of Dreams: Chapter Sand

Dec. 17, 2017 - 4:00pm Hear the world premiere of ‘Book of Dreams’ by David T. Little, Sonja Krefting, and David Adam Moore.

The Revolution Vol. 22

Dec. 16, 2017 — 10pmThe Revolution is a monthly showcase highlighting the best emerging musicians from Brooklyn & Harlem. Three unique takes on hip-hop + soul grace this special volume.

Fred Hersch’s Pocket Orchestra

Dec. 16th, 2017 — 7pmThe Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra comes to National Sawdust to feature the compositions of 10-time Grammy® nominee Fred Hersch, one of jazz's master pianists and composers.

Nels Cline, Larry Ochs and Gerald Cleaver

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:00pm Within the universe of sound lies the interstellar sound-space called improvised music. And from within this interstellar space comes the interplanetary space where the sonic energies of Cleaver, Cline and Ochs mind-meld for each unique concert by these three unpredictable music-makers. The National Sawdust concert marks the end of a six-city tour. Expect the music to be focused and energized. Know that these sound explorers - veterans of decades of improvised music - will be doing their utmost to raise the bandstand, and you with it.

Closed for Recording

National Sawdust will be closed for a recording session.

Curiouser & Curiouser

Dec. 11, 2017 — 8pmEric Schmalenberger and The Love Show present an variety show evening featuring a dance company, a contortionist, and a few surprises.

Winterreise Nights Festival: Dear Edvard

Dec 10, 2017 - 4:00pm Dear Edvard is a new music-theatre piece about the life and loves of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944). Art history biopic, love story, psychological exploration and family drama, Munch is set in the same hospital room at Dr. Jacobsen’s Clinic for Nervous Disorders and Alcoholism, where the artist committed himself in 1908.

Winterreise Nights Festival: Tanya Tagaq and Jeffrey Zeigler

Dec 9, 2017 - 7PMBjörk protégé Tanya Tagaq joins forces with former Kronos cellist Jeffrey Zeigler to perform highly unique, punk-esque music.

Winterreise Nights Festival: Laura Ortman

Dec. 7, 2018 - 7:00pm Tanya Tagaq presents White Mountain Apache violinist Laura Ortman, a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist who brings her First Nations heritage to her music.

Winterreise Nights Festival: Tanya Tagaq Presents “We Breathe Again” Live Score

Dec 6, 2017 - 7:00pm Tanya Tagaq Performs the Live Scoring of We Breathe Again, a nationally-televised film, scored by Paola Prestini, documenting the struggles of Alaskan Natives.

25th Anniversary Concert of the AIDS Quilt Songbook

Dec 3, 2017 - 7:00pm A concert of art songs for voice and piano dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The project was begun in the early 1990s by baritone William Parker and first performed in Alice Tully Hall in 1993. Following a successful 20th anniversary concert at Cooper Union featuring several of the original performers on the first AQSB, pianist Thomas Bagwell and composer Gordon Beeferman co-curate an evening of selections from the first collection, songs from various regional versions of the songbook, and several new songs written for this evening reflecting the current realities of the HIV/AIDS situation in this country.

A Night of Mark Adamo

Dec. 2, 2017 - 7:00pm Adamo first attracted national attention with his uniquely celebrated début opera, Little Women, after the Alcott novel. Introduced by Houston Grand Opera in 1998 and revived there in 2000, Little Women is one of the most frequently performed American operas of the last fifteen years, with more than 80 national and international engagements in cities ranging from New York to Minneapolis, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Adelaide, Perth, Mexico City, Brugges, Banff, Calgary, and Tokyo, where it served as the official U.S. cultural entrant to the 2005 World Expo.

Jazz for Kids: Timbalooloo

Dec. 2, 2017 - 11:00am In the Timbalooloo concept, all the instruments come to life and talk through their music so that the children conceive of making music as the magical act of making their instrument come to life.

Interstellar Regions: The Late Music of John Coltrane

Dec 1, 2017 - 10:00pm Celebrate the 50-Year Anniversary of Coltrane’s final album.

Interstellar Regions: The Late Music of John Coltrane

Dec. 1, 2017 - 7:00pm Celebrate the 50-Year Anniversary of Coltrane’s final album.

New Amsterdam Presents: Rounder Songs Album Release

Nov 30, 2017 - 7:00pm Folk artists Emily Pinkerton, Patrick Burke, and the NOW Ensemble release their newest album: Rounder Songs.

The Stone Commissioning Series: Jad Atoui

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:00pm Besides formal musical language and practices, the usage of biological data and behavior analysis as tools to compose, allows not only human beings but also lower life forms, such as plants, to be sonically expressive. In 2015, electronic musician Jad Atoui joined molecular biologist Ivan Marazzi and together, they conceived “Biosonics”, which bestowed plants with the ability to generate compositions performed by musicians on stage in order to monitor biological response and translate it into a performance experience.

Peter Salett + Michael Arthur: Suite for the Summer Rain / Dance of the Yellow Leaf

Nov. 19, 20187 - 4:00pm Film composer/singer-songwriter Peter Salett, a “downtown folk legend” (Time Out NY) who has opened for the likes of The Swell Season and They Might Be Giants, performs this wistful song cycle backed by strings and percussion and accompanied by artist Michael Arthur’s evocative, improvised ink illustrations, which unfurl live, projected on a big screen, alongside the music.

The Revolution Vol. 21

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:00pm THE REVOLUTION is a performance series highlighting Brooklyn & Harlem based artists + musicians that not only represent the core of independent pop culture but who currently stand in the breeding ground of evolution within their genre. As a part of VOL. 21, The Revolution will feature three incredible live performances from local artists: Fusilier, Shenna, and Lohai.

Rinde Eckert in Steve Mackey’s SLIDE

Nov 17, 2017 - 7:00pm Rinde Eckert in Steve Mackey's SLIDE w/ Orchestra 2001, conducted by Jayce Ogren

Five Borough Songbook, Volume II

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:30pm The citywide tour of our thrilling Five Borough Songbook, Volume II concludes in November with our final borough premiere in Brooklyn. An expanded cast of artists come together for our grand finale performance of this special project.

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns

Sixteenth Annual CRF Awards Ceremony

Nov. 13, 2017 - 7:30pm Presenting the 16th annual awards ceremony for the Classical Recording Foundation. Featuring performances by Lara Downes, Emily Levin, Thomas Sauer and David Bowlin, and the music of Gregg Kallor and Peter Lieberson.

Refugee Orchestra Project

Nov 12, 2017 - 4:00pm Refugee artists across disciplines come together in conversation and performance. Members of Refugee Orchestra Project perform works by refugee composers from the 20th century and today featuring refugee musicians, visual art by refugee artists, and mini-documentaries by refugee filmmaker Tarek Turkey.

Dessa with special guest MONAKR

Nov. 11, 2017 - 10:00pm Dessa is a rapper, singer and essayist whom the Utne Reader calls, “A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés.” As a musician she tours as a solo artist and as a member of Doomtree, the innovative Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective. On stage she's funny and ferocious, but also tender—her live show includes rapid-fire rap songs, heartbreak ballads, catchy choruses, and some charismatic banter fueled by wit and whiskey.

Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley: TROIKA

Nov 11, 2018 - 7:00pm Acclaimed for their adventurous and wide-ranging recording projects – from Beethoven Sonatas on period instruments to genre-bending arrangements of Radiohead and Arcade Fire – the endlessly inventive duo of cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley returns with TROIKA, a new album on the PENTATONE Oxingale series, to explore music of the Slavic soul.

Addi & Jacq In Concert

Nov 10, 2017 - 7:00pm Folk duo and winners of New York Public Radio's The Greene Space Battle of the Boroughs debuts at National Sawdust.

Magos Herrera Presents Brazil Afora with Alex Kautz

Nov 4, 2017 - 7:00pm Magos Herrera curates Brazilian Jazz: Brazil Afora and the Alex Kautz Trio. Saxophonist John Ellis joins as a special guest.

Jazz For Kids: Timbalooloo Duo Workshop

Nov. 4, 2017 - 11:00am Oran Atkin, grammy award-winning clarinetist and performer teaches children music through

Yoshie Fruchter: Sandcatchers: Album Release

Nov 2, 2017 - 10:00pm This show celebrates the release of the debut album by Sandcatchers (Chant Records/Electric Cowbell). . Featuring oud player and composer Yoshie Fruchter with Myk Freedman (lap steel), Michael Bates (bass),Tim Keiper (percussion, Ngoni) and special guest Erik Friedlander (cello), Sandcatchers plays original and joyous music inspired both by Middle Eastern maqam and the Appalachian trail - a true and beautiful collaboration of sound and souls.

David Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove

Nov 2, 2017 - 7:00pm For over two decades, world-renowned clarinetist David Krakauer has been reinventing and remixing the Jewish music of his ancestry with the sensibility of a contemporary musician strongly informed by funk, jazz and hip-hop.

American Modern Ensemble: Music by David Feurzeig, Pierce Gradone, Texu Kim, Robert Paterson and Aaron Mencher

Nov 1, 2017 - 7:00pm Hear the New York premiere of Paterson's I SEE YOU with SYBARITE5. CD release party for David Feurzig, and 3 AME Competition Winners: Gradone, Mencher and Kim.

ALL THE WORLD’S A DRAG: Shakespeare in Love…with opera

Oct 31, 2017 - 10:00pm Don thy codpieces, neck ruffs, and farthingales -- Shakespeare cometh! Heartbeat Opera, “one of the most agile and dynamic companies on New York's indie opera scene” (Opera News) proudly presents its fourth annual Drag Extravaganza for two nights of divalicious coloraturas, eye-popping fashion, and Halloween revelries.

ALL THE WORLD’S A DRAG: Shakespeare in Love…with opera

Oct 31, 2017 - 7:30pm Don thy bejewelled codpieces, thy neck ruffs and farthingales: Shakespeare cometh! Heartbeat Opera proudly presents its fourth annual Drag Extravaganza for two nights of divalicious coloraturas, eye-popping fashion, and Halloween revelries.

ALL THE WORLD’S A DRAG: Shakespeare in Love…with opera Benefit Performance

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:30pm Don thy bejewelled codpieces, thy neck ruffs and farthingales: Shakespeare cometh! Heartbeat Opera proudly presents its fourth annual Drag Extravaganza for two nights of divalicious coloraturas, eye-popping fashion, and Halloween revelries.

Iarla ó Lionáird and Contemporaneous, perform works by Dan Trueman and Donnacha Dennehy Isabelle O’Connell, piano and electronics

October 28, 2017 - 7:30pm The Origins Season continues with an exploration of classical Irish music.

This Is How We Fly In Concert

October 28, 2018 - 3:00pm The Irish Origins: Samhain Festival at National Sawdust will be co-presented by Irish Arts Center. Throughout the weekend we will hear a wealth of talent and music from Irish and American artists and composers.

Irish Arts Center Co-Presentation: This is How We Fly, Album Launch: Foreign Fields

Oct 27, 2017 - 7:00pm The Irish Origins: Samhain Festival at National Sawdust will be co-presented by Irish Arts Center. Throughout the weekend we will hear a wealth of talent and music from Irish and American artists and composers.

National Sawdust+ presents Wide Angle with Gene Smith: An evening with Sam Stephenson + The Paris Review

Oct. 26, 2017 - 7:30pm Author and documentarian Sam Stephenson (The Jazz Loft Project) and The Paris Review host an NS+ evening of readings, music, and film inspired by pioneering American photo-essayist W. Eugene Smith, whose beguiling life and legacy are explored in Stephenson’s new book, Gene Smith’s Sink. Jazz musicians and members of Wordless Music Orchestra will perform.

Stone Commissioning Series: Brian Marsella

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:00pm Gatos do Sul features premieres of compositions by Brian Marsella inspired by classical, jazz, and folkloric Brazilian music. Influenced by composers from Ernesto Nazareth, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Pixinguinha to Baden Powell and Egberto Gismonti, Marsella combines samba, bossa-nova, choro and more and turns it all on its ear.

Closed for Recording

National Sawdust will be closed for a recording session.

ICE Presents: Sabrina Schroeder and Monte Weber

Oct 22, 2017 - 4:00pm ICE makes their debut as National Sawdust Artists-in-Residence

The Revolution Vol. 20

Oct. 21, 2017 - 10:00pm As a part of VOL. 20, The Revolution will feature three incredible live performances from local artists: Chandanie O, Looms, and Born Relic.

Jeffrey Zeigler presents Mike Block Solo Show

Oct 21, 2017 - 7:00pm Mike Block, GRAMMY-Winning cellist and vocalist, presents a mixture of original compositions and songs, arrangements of folk standards, and short Classical selections that draw inspiration from his diverse collaborations with artists such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddlers Mark O’Connor and Darol Anger, Indian tabla player Sandeep Das, Malian balafon player Balla Kouyate, and pop stars such as Will.i.am, Stevie Wonder, and Bon Iver.

Late Night at National Sawdust: Steven Stucky Portrait

Oct. 20, 2017 - 9:30pm Open G Records and Access Contemporary Music team up for the final Late Night at National Sawdust concert of 2017: an intimate portrait of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steven Stucky.   Stucky was one of the country's most prolific and most performed composers, a talented educator and an indispensible part of twentieth century classical music.

Nels Cline and Julian Lage

October 20, 2017 - 7:00pm Beyond Wilco, Cline performs in a duo project with jazz guitar prodigy Julian Lage in addition to a quartet The Nels Cline Four (that includes Lage plus bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey).

Why Not (A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology)

Oct 16, 2017 - 7:00pm Presented by Miwako Tezuka (consulting curator of Reversible Desitny Foundation), Diana Lee (Partner of Dillon + Lee Gallery), Peter Katz (Executive Director of Reversible Destiny), and Jay Sanders (Chief Curator of Artists Space).

Guerilla Science Presents: Fire Organ Soundscapes

Oct 15, 2017 - 7:00pm Experience music in a new way. Join us for a spectacular showcase of sound and fire where multisensory artists perform new works designed to reveal the interconnectedness between music and the physical nature of sound.

10th Annual Science Film Festival: HIBRIDOS Screening and Live Score

Oct 14, 2017 - 9:30pm VINCENT MOON is an independent french filmmaker and sound explorer. He has been making films in the past ten years traveling around the world in quest of sounds from stadium rock music to rare shamanic rituals, and from electronic experimentations to acapella village songs.

10th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival: Im-migrations

Oct. 14, 2017 - 7:00pm Opening with a live performance by Paris-based artist Rachel Marks exploring the border-crossing migratory monarch butterfly, the program will then move into film for cutting-edge views inside the chrysalis, animal transformations, the migrations of human populations across the globe, and at last, an unusual bird-eyed view of Puerto Rico's Arecibo observatory and our place in the larger cosmos.

Founders Present Sacred Space: Orchestral songwriting featuring the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe

Oct 12, 2017 - 10:00pm "Sacred Space": A concert of sacred music, but not the kind you’d expect! Featuring the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, Sacred Space is an original 7 poem-song cycle contemplating reality, life, death, and the afterlife. This is paired with a re-realized Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen, arguably one of the greatest sacred pieces written in the 20th century.

Tiokasin Ghosthorse — From the Continuum

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:00pm A gathering of Original Nations and notions of beings with the elemental evolution of letting the mystery go where it wills music, spoken word and presence.

NS Projects: The Hubble Cantata at Ford Theatre

The Ford Theatres, in association with LA Opera, present the West Coast premiere of The Hubble Cantata, an unprecedented live experience that pushes the boundaries of art and science.

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns

Oct. 11, 2017 - 10:30pm Drag queen Sasha Velour (Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 9) presents NIGHTGOWNS, an evening of short performances dedicated to celebrating the diversity, depth, and wild power of drag. Each month features a new lineup of performers, using gender, dance, music, fashion, and visual art in combination to explore both the political and the personal…surprisingly funny, moving, and glamorously queer!

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns

Oct. 11, 2017 - 7:00pm Drag queen Sasha Velour (Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 9) presents NIGHTGOWNS, an evening of short performances dedicated to celebrating the diversity, depth, and wild power of drag. Each month features a new lineup of performers, using gender, dance, music, fashion, and visual art in combination to explore both the political and the personal…surprisingly funny, moving, and glamorously queer!

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns

October 10, 2017 - 9:00pm Drag queen Sasha Velour (Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 9) presents NIGHTGOWNS, an evening of short performances dedicated to celebrating the diversity, depth, and wild power of drag. Each month features a new lineup of performers, using gender, dance, music, fashion, and visual art in combination to explore both the political and the personal…surprisingly funny, moving, and glamorously queer!

VIA Records Presents Du Yun: Angel’s Bone Release Concert

Oct 7, 2017 - 6:30pm The opera follows the plight of two angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights has mysteriously brought them back to Earth. They are found—battered and bruised from their long journey—by a man and his wife who set out to nurse the wounded angels back to health, only to brutally exploit the angels’ feathers, bones, and bodies for their own profit.

Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo Duo Workshop

October 7, 2017 - 1:00pm Bring the kids to the Timbalooloo Duo Workshop, where they will make instruments come to life and learn about Jazz for what it is: magic.

Jog Blues

October 6, 2017 - 7:00pm Jog Blues brings together Jazz, Blues and Indian Classical music in a 21st century mix, ranging from deep introspection to joyous romps.

Pletai: Kosmosjam

Oct 5, 2017 - 7:00pm PLETAI (Abraham Brody, Ilya Sharov, Maria Medvedchenkova, Maria Marchenko) formed out of a spontaneous all-night jam session in Moscow in October 2016.

Anathema: The Turing Opera

Oct 3, 2018 - 7:00pm Anonymous Ensemble presents a concert of material from Turing, a new opera by composer William Antoniou and librettist Eamonn Farrell. Turing is the story of Alan Mathison Turing as told by the artificial intelligence that he envisioned. A computer program named MIRA creates the libretto and music and “plays” the human singers, musicians, and dancers.

Abraham Brody Residency Rehearsal

Abraham Brody will be rehearsing in the concert hall as part of our Artist in Residence program.

Siwoo Kim & Bridget Kibbey: Dawn to Dusk With Bach

October 1, 2018 - 4:00pm Harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist Siwoo Kim join forces to explore the contrapuntal, coloristic, and virtuosic potential of their instruments by showcasing the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach and his influence.

The Revolution Vol. 19

Sept 30, 2017 - 10:00pm As a part of VOL. 19, The Revolution will feature three incredible live performances from local artists: Hillary Capps, Mary Akpa, and Anbessa Orchestra

National Sawdust+ Elements of Time + Taste: A night of inventive food, mixology, and music

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:30pm NS+ presents Elements of Time + Taste, a creative experience of music, libations, and delectable fare! Patrick Connolly, Rider's award-winning chef, and New York Distilling Company's Allen Katz join forces with an extraordinary group of musicians including Magos Herrera and Yuka C. Honda, led by Oded Lev-Ari.

MISSALS: Through a PRISM

Sep 27, 2017 - 10:00pm Alternative/Pop/Rock - What happens when 100 people make music together for the first time? We intend to bring our audience inside the PRISM where we will deconstruct and demystify the soundscape by reimagining the individual components of a performance. The room will be the stage. Patrons are the players. The result will be a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

Stone Commissioning Series: Kris Davis

Sept 27, 2017 - 7:00pm John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series premieres a new work or set of works on the last Wednesday of every month by composers who push the envelope of possibility.

National Sawdust+ Talk: Mario Livio + Isabel Behncke + Paola Prestini

Sept 24, 2017 - 4:00pm Renowned astrophysicist Mario Livio, Chilean primatologist Isabel Behncke, and composer Paola Prestini take part in an expansive conversation about curiosity, play, evolution, and creativity.

Season 3 Opening Weekend: Multiplicidade

Sep. 23, 2017 - 10:00pm Be the first to celebrate the spectacular third season of National Sawdust, "Brooklyn's contemporary music sanctuary" (I Care If You Listen). The final show of our season-opening trifecta focuses on our multicultural theme of the season: Origins, showing off virtuosic talents from Brazil, Mexico, and across the United States in a exhilarating jam session.

Season 3 Opening Weekend: Guided Discovery

Sept 23, 2017 - 7:00pm Be the first to celebrate the spectacular third season of National Sawdust, "Brooklyn's contemporary music sanctuary" (I Care If You Listen). The second show of the season-opening trifecta focuses on our multicultural theme of the season: Origins, and is a singular opportunity to hear three iterations of musical mastery, energy, and passion from sounds that span three continents.

Season 3 Opening Weekend: Jackie, Live Score

Sept 22, 2017 - 8:00pm In a nod to U.S. President and A Nation of Immigrants author John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday, Wordless Music Orchestra and National Sawdust co-present a film screening of JACKIE with exhilarating live score accompaniment by the Wordless Music Orchestra.

Timeslow Interactive Screening with Live Score

August 31, 2017 - 8:00pm An interactive feature film screening, with live music, foley, performers, and audiences gift boxes of sensory stimulants.

Stone Commissioning Series: Ambrose Akinmusire & Mary Halvorson

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:00pm A long time in the works, tonight's performance will be the debut of brand new music by Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet)

Du Yun

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, currently based in NYC, Du Yun * is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and performance artist. Her music exists at an artistic crossroads of orchestral, chamber music, theatre, opera, orchestral, cabaret, storytelling, pop music, visual arts and noise.

Hailed by The New York Times as a leading figure in China’s new generation of composers, Du Yun’s music is championed by some of today’s finest performing artists, ensembles, orchestras and organizations. Selected commissions include the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, American Composers Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, Whitney Museum of American Art, Fromm Foundation, Meet the Composer/ Commissioning USA, Chamber Music America, and Shanghai Electronic Music Week.  Du Yun’s music has also been presented by Festival d’Avignon (France), Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ (The Netherlands), Musica Nova Helinski (Finland), Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music (Norway), Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt (Germany), Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico), Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BAMNextWave, violinist Hilary Hahn, cellist Matt Haimovitz, and flutist Claire Chase, Trinity Wall Street, Festival of New Trumpet, Ecstatic Music Festival, 21c Liederabend, the San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players, and many more.
August 28, 2017/by Zan Emerson

New Asia Chamber Music Society: The Music of Patrick Zimmerli and Max Bruch

August 26, 2017 - 4:00pmThe New Asia Chamber Music Society's first appearance at National Sawdust features the music of Patrick Zimmerli and Max Bruch. New York native Patrick Zimmerli writes gripping, original works that blend world music, classical music and jazz. This concert brings three of his works, The Call, for Viola and Piano; Spectres, for Solo Viola; and the world premiere of his Clarinet Sonata, with Max Bruch's gorgeous pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano.

The Revolution Vol. 18 | Valerie Orth, The Odd Hawk Orchestra, Khemestry

August 26, 2017 - 10:00pm 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. This volume features Valerie Orth, The Odd Hawk Orchestra, and Khemestry.

Summer Labs: Sugar Vendil, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, GLMMR (David T. Little + David Adam Moore): Book of Dreams

August 24, 2017 - 7:00pm GLMMR’s Book of Dreams: Chapter Sand; Sugar Vendil’s Islander; and Late Sea’s The Writers Trilogy

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Book of Dreams

Burnt Sugar Arkestra

August 23, 2017 - 10:00pm “BSA's Groiddest Schizznits” or for those unfamiliar with Greg Tate speak BSA’s Greatest Hits (1999-2017) will include tunes from their latest release "All You Zombies Dig The Luminosity" which in the current issue of The Wire Michael A. Gonzales writes " the multiracial group sound like the big poppas and mommas of baby boogie Childish Gambino as they cosmic slop bop across musical high wires."

Burnt Sugar Arkestra

August 23, 2017 - 7:00pm “We Insist! Freedom Now” Suite ~ where BSA will "caramelize" the pivotal and still timely 1960's social-justice-seeking songs of Abby Lincoln, Max Roach and Oscar Brown Jr.

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Book of Dreams

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Book of Dreams

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Sugar Vendil

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Anna-Roberts Gevalt

#LALYTES: All a Dream

August 19, 2017 - 10:00pm It was ALL A DREAM: A multimedia performance art experience from independent Hip Hop recording and performance artist, Latasha Alcindor. ALL A DREAM is a visual and musically-led memoir of Alcindor's deep-rooted upbringing in NYC.

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs Resident Anna Roberts-Gevalt

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Book of Dreams

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Book of Dreams

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Book of Dreams

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs Resident Sugar Vendil

Summer Labs: Found Sound Nation | Polymath Club

August 13, 2017 - 7:00pm FSN presents a new multigenerational seminar/research/work group on music and philosophy called Polymath Club. Participants meet for bi-monthly meetings and discussion, pairing composers with philosophers/writers, working together to produce a series of original texts and compositions. The group will premiere the new work at National Sawdust, along with new texts and scores and everything in between.

Resonator Festival

August 12, 2017 - 2:00pm There is movement in NYC's underground music scene. In fact, it's bigger than NYC, it's global. The sounds of hip-hop, jazz, r&b, soul and rock are crashing upon each other faster than ever before.

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Found Sound Nation

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Found Sound Nation

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs Resident Found Sound Nation

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for August Labs Resident Found Sound Nation

Building Closed for Recording

August 7, 2017 - 1:00pm National Sawdust will be closed to visitors due to a recording.

Summer Labs: ARIADNE + Invisible Anatomy + Late Sea

August 6, 2017 - 7:00pm Observance_004 is a multi-sensory, improvisatory, multimedia iteration of the upcoming A/V album by ARIADNE. INVISIBLE ANATOMY (IA) is a composer-performer ensemble that explores the human body as the most fundamental aspect of music creation and performance.

Building Closed for Recording

August 6, 2017 - 11:00pm National Sawdust will be closed to visitors due to a recording.

Twin Primes, FBI Warning, Via App

August 5, 2017 - 10:00pm Twin Primes, FBI Warning, and Via App share a triple bill for a night of synthesis and sample manipulation.

NYU Sandbox Percussion Showcase

August 5, 2017 - 1:30pm The NYU Sandbox Percussion Showcase is the culminating concert following a week of intensive chamber music study at the second annual NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar and it features Sandbox Percussion and Simon Boyar performing alongside an international group of students.

Summer Lab Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Izzy Gliksberg

Kaoru Watanabe: JO | HA | KYU Part II

July 30, 2017 - 7:00pm The JO | HA | KYU series presents Grammy-nominated composer, taiko drummer, and shinobue bamboo flutist Kaoru Watanabe in collaboration with four artists who represent the Arab world: Syria’s Kinan Azmeh, Lebanon’s Hadi Eldebek, and Kevork Mourad from Syria and Armenia (July 30). The NS concert marks the second installment of Watanabe’s four-part series celebrating Brooklyn’s diverse cultural makeup through music combining traditional Japanese instruments with those of other cultures.

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Izzy Gliksberg

The Revolution Vol. 17

July 29, 2017 - 10:00pm THE REVOLUTION is an emerging musical series that highlights artists and musicians that not only represent the core of independent pop culture in 2016 but who are standing in the breeding ground of an evolution within their genre. This edition will feature live performances from Bridget Perez, beccs, and Cross Culture.

Summer Labs: Joanna Wallfisch + Donovan Dorrance & Gregory Richardson

July 29, 2017 - 6:30pm Summer Labs residency featuring Joanna Wallfisch + Donovan Dorrance & Gregory Richardson.

KING BRITT | Fhloston Paradigm: An Evening in the After…

July 28, 2017 - 10:00pm King Britt’s future forward project Fhloston Paradigm has been his focus since 2012. Fhloston Paradigm is a manifestation of afro-futurist ideals, based in an electronic music landscape.

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Joanna Wallfisch

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs residents Donovan Dorrance and Gregory Richardson

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Izzy Gliksberg

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs residents Donovan Dorrance and Gregory Richardson

Natti Vogel We All Move to Brooklyn Release

July 26, 2017 - 10:00pm "We All Move to Brooklyn", the latest single from Vogel's forthcoming orchestral pop record "Serving Body" and a longtime, interactive crowd favorite, takes on the disturbing power of money and exile in a way that's funny, fierce, lush, catchy and honest. Join the young piano singer-songwriter on the day of its release as he serenades you with his prolific, diverse body of work and one-of-a-kind, theatrical stage presence.

Stone Commissioning Series: Okkyung Lee The Idea of Red and Grey and Yellow

July 26, 2017 - 7:00pm Okkyung Lee, a New York-based artist and South Korea native, has created a body of work blurring genre boundaries through collaborations and compositions while testing the limit of contemporary cello performance techniques. Her music draws inspirations from noise and extended techniques, jazz, Western classical, and Korean traditional and popular music.

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo: An NS Co-Production with Anthony Roth Costanzo, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Cath Brittan

July 20, 2017 - 8:00pm Director Christopher Alden takes on Handel’s rarely staged serenata, Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo. At 90 minutes, it’s a spectacular, streamlined, cliff-notes version of a Handel opera.

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo: An NS Co-Production with Anthony Roth Costanzo, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Cath Brittan

July 19, 2017 - 8:00pm Director Christopher Alden takes on Handel’s rarely staged serenata, Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo. At 90 minutes, it’s a spectacular, streamlined, cliff-notes version of a Handel opera.

Closed for Fliming

We will be closed all day for filming

Electroacoustic Music Festival Concert 28

July 16, 2017 - 7:00pm NYCEMF (The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival) 2017 will showcase electroacoustic music and video art from around the world. The second part of NYCEMF 2017 will take place July 14 - 16, with multiple events each day, at NS.

Electroacoustic Music Festival Concert 27

July 16, 2017 - 3:00pm NYCEMF (The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival) 2017 will showcase electroacoustic music and video art from around the world. The second part of NYCEMF 2017 will take place July 14 - 16, with multiple events each day, at NS.

Electroacoustic Music Festival Concert 26: Curated by (Wl(helm|liam)sburg)

July 15, 2017 - 10:00pm NYCEMF (The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival) 2017 will showcase electroacoustic music and video art from around the world. The second part of NYCEMF 2017 will take place July 14 - 16, with multiple events each day, at NS.

Electroacoustic Music Festival Concert 25

July 15, 2017 - 7:00pm NYCEMF (The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival) 2017 will showcase electroacoustic music and video art from around the world. The second part of NYCEMF 2017 will take place July 14 - 16, with multiple events each day, at NS.

Electroacoustic Music Festival Concert 24: “Peace and Social Justice”

July 15, 2017 - 3:00pm NYCEMF (The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival) 2017 will showcase electroacoustic music and video art from around the world. The second part of NYCEMF 2017 will take place July 14 - 16, with multiple events each day, at NS.

Electroacoustic Music Festival Concert 23

July 14, 2017 - 7:00pm NYCEMF (The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival) 2017 will showcase electroacoustic music and video art from around the world. The second part of NYCEMF 2017 will take place July 14 - 16, with multiple events each day, at NS.

Electroacoustic Music Festival: Ancient Voices of the Computer | Curated Concert (APNM)

July 14, 2017 - 5:00pm NYCEMF (The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival) 2017 will showcase electroacoustic music and video art from around the world. The second part of NYCEMF 2017 will take place July 14 - 16, with multiple events each day, at NS.

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo: An NS Co-Production with Anthony Roth Costanzo, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Cath Brittan

July 13, 2017 - 8:00pm Director Christopher Alden takes on Handel’s rarely staged serenata, Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo. At 90 minutes, it’s a spectacular, streamlined, cliff-notes version of a Handel opera.

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo: An NS Co-Production with Anthony Roth Costanzo, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Cath Brittan

July 12, 2017 - 8:00pm Director Christopher Alden takes on Handel’s rarely staged serenata, Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo. At 90 minutes, it’s a spectacular, streamlined, cliff-notes version of a Handel opera.

Anthony Roth Costanzo: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo CLOSED Rehearsal

Closed rehearsal of the upcoming Opera residency. This Rehearsal is closed to the public.

ECM Series: Vijay Iyer & Teju Cole: Blind Spot

July 8, 2017 - 7:00pm Composer/pianist Vijay Iyer and writer/photographer Teju Cole's powerful new collaboration, Blind Spot, combines photography and Cole's own voice with a live score composed by Iyer and performed with bassist Linda Oh and mallet percussionist Patricia Brennan.

VIREO, a made-for-film opera in 12 episodes

July 7, 2017 - 7:00pm Complete screening of all 12 episodes of Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser, in cooperation with Grand Central Art Center, KCET, and Single Cel. Vireo is a new made-for-TV opera composed by Lisa Bielawa on a libretto by Erik Ehn and directed by Charles Otte. Vireo tears down the set limitations of a staged opera, visiting locations across the country - Alcatraz, a monastery on the Hudson River, an abandoned train station in Oakland, the California Redwoods.

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns

July 5, 2017 - 10:30pm Drag queen Sasha Velour (Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 9) presents NIGHTGOWNS, an evening of short performances dedicated to celebrating the diversity, depth, and wild power of drag. Each month features a new lineup of performers, using gender, dance, music, fashion, and visual art in combination to explore both the political and the personal…surprisingly funny, moving, and glamorously queer!

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns

July 5, 2017 - 7:00pm Drag queen Sasha Velour (Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 9) presents NIGHTGOWNS, an evening of short performances dedicated to celebrating the diversity, depth, and wild power of drag. Each month features a new lineup of performers, using gender, dance, music, fashion, and visual art in combination to explore both the political and the personal…surprisingly funny, moving, and glamorously queer!

NS+ Concert: Jad Abumrad

June 30, 2017 - 7:30pm MacArthur Award-winning radio host Jad Abumrad (Radiolab, More Perfect) reveals his composer side and taps remarkable artists including Eric Whitacre, Missy Mazzoli, and Jeffrey Zeigler for his third NS+ program. He presents work-in-progress excerpts created in collaboration with Whitacre, the Grammy-Award winning composer and pianist. Whitacre performs with the celebrated Young People’s Chorus of New York City and dynamic cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, with Abumrad on electronics. The evening will also feature music by composers who bend Abumrad’s ear, including the daringly inventive Missy Mazzoli, who — joined by violinist Olivia De Prato — will play from her own catalog, and John Zorn, performed by Zeigler.

Summer Labs: Jen Shyu—Nine Doors

June 29, 2017 - 10:00pm Jen Shyu’s Nine evokes at levels both personal and global. The work was inspired by the loss of Shyu’s friend Sri Joko Raharjo “Cilik,” who died with his wife and infant son in an automobile accident at the age of 30. Raharjo was a master of the Javanese art of shadow puppetry called wayang kulit. His 6-year-old daughter, who survived the crash, is the central character in Shyu’s multilingual, ritual music drama.

Summer Labs: Jen Shyu—Nine Doors

June 29, 2017 - 7:00pm The June Lab Showcase (June 29) presents Jen Shyu, the composer, multilingual vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and producer who was recently recognized with a 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. She looks forward to premiering Nine (working title), a solo ritual music drama that – drawing on her extensive study of the traditional music of Korea, East Timor, Taiwan, and Indonesia – she describes as “reflecting the parallels that exist between life and death, different cultures, and the importance of empathy over destructive assumptions that divide humanity.”

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident Jen Shyu

New Music for Strings at National Sawdust

June 28, 2017 - 10pm To kick off the NS summer season, Stony Brook University presents the New Music for Strings festival (June 28), which brings together performers and the work of living American and Scandinavian composers. Featuring violinist and subharmonics founder Mari Kimura, the all-female Parhelion Trio, the Steinem Quartet, and Scandinavian violinist Anne Sophie Andersen, the concert is one of six NMFS performances, and represents the first festival of its kind in the world.

Stone Commissioning Series: Julian Lage’s Studies For One Electric Guitar

June 28, 2017 - 7:00pm At age 27, Julian Lage already boasts a resume that an artist twice his age would be proud to claim. A former child prodigy—he was the subject of the 1997 documentary Jules at Eight—the California- born, now New York–based guitarist has collaborated with such giants as Gary Burton, Jim Hall, David Grisman, Béla Fleck, and Charles Lloyd.

Summer Labs Residency Rehearsal

Rehearsal for Summer Labs resident ARIADNE

Bokanté ft. Members of Snarky Puppy

June 25, 2017 - 10:00pm For the newly-formed international music ensemble Bokanté, connection is the foundation upon which all things are built. Rich in the sound of both delta and desert, the unusual but evocative instrumentation on their debut album Strange Circles, out May XX on GroundUP Music, blends musical worlds to convey an urgent message of social awareness against the rising tide of exclusion and human indifference.

Kettle Corn New Music presents Ashley Bathgate, Cello Counterpoint

June 25, 2017 - 7:00pmIn this concert Ashley Bathgate is premiering her own recording of Steve Reich's Cello Counterpoint as well as new works for the same instrumentation by Kettle Corn New Music composers Emily Cooley and Alex Weiser - new works written to be paired with the iconic Reich work in concert, and for an upcoming studio album.

Jazztopad Festival Presents: Lutoslawski Quartet with Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier

June 25, 2017 - 4:00pm The American edition of the Jazztopad Festival is presented by the National Forum of Music, the Polish Cultural Institute New York, in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, Jazz Gallery, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Victoria Jazz Festival and TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The Revolution Vol. 16

June 24, 2017 - 10:00pm THE REVOLUTION is an emerging musical series that highlights artists and musicians that not only represent the core of independent pop culture in 2016 but who are standing in the breeding ground of an evolution within their genre.

wild Up: Future Folk

June 24, 2017 - 7:00pm With future folk wild Up creates a communal concert of sound/noise/experience that celebrates old-world ways of living in the modern era. Together we will explore the music from Ancient India, modern California, post-war New York, and from American composers that envision a future form of music rooted in folk ethos. As moderns, we stand on the shoulders of the ancients. Their music changes us. Compels us to make and unites us in being.

Doug Wieselman, Jane Scarpantoni, and Kenny Wollessen’s Trio S | “Somewhere Glimmer” Album Release show

June 23, 2017 - 10:00pm This is the release show for second album by Trio S - lead by clarinetist Doug Wieselman, with Jane Scarpantoni on ‘cello and Kenny Wollesen on drums and percussion. This ensemble incorporates live looping, invented instruments and compositions based on melodies from water and dreams.

Tragedy Opera with Julia Holter, Zoe Aja Moore, Yelena Zhelezov, and wildUp

June 23, 2017 - 7:00pmIn his play Hippolytus, written over two thousand years ago, Euripides explored the tragic depths of human shame and self-destruction under oppressive powers, themes which remain relevant today. In 2011, Julia Holter recorded an album called Tragedy inspired by Hippolytos and setting some of its text, and now artists Yelena Zhelezov and Zoe Aja Moore are working with Holter to create a staging of Tragedy at National Sawdust.

Tragedy Opera with Julia Holter, Zoe Aja Moore, Yelena Zhelezov, and wildUp

June 22, 2017 - 7:00pm In his play Hippolytus, written over two thousand years ago, Euripides explored the tragic depths of human shame and self-destruction under oppressive powers, themes which remain relevant today. In 2011, Julia Holter recorded an album called Tragedy inspired by Hippolytos and setting some of its text, and now artists Yelena Zhelezov and Zoe Aja Moore are working with Holter to create a staging of Tragedy at National Sawdust.

Make Music New York Community Day

June 21, 2017 - 4:00pm In partnership with Make Music New York, National Sawdust offers a full evening of workshops and music discovery open free to the public!

Tragedy Opera Rehearsal

This is a closed rehearsal of Julia Holter's Tragedy Opera

Table Music Brunch: New Vintage Baroque

June 18, 2017 - 12:00pm Table Music at National Sawdust is a one of a kind music series created and curated by Juilliard graduate and historical oboist Lindsay McIntosh, featuring a fresh and innovative young Baroque ensemble, New Vintage Baroque.

Timo Andres presents: Shy and Mighty featuring David Kaplan

June 17, 2017 - 7:00pm Shy and Mighty began as a personal compositional sketchbook early in my college years, gradually morphing into a ten-movement, hour-long piece for two pianos and eventually into my first album. David Kaplan and I mark the 10-year anniversary of the work’s premiere with a full performance.

NS Jazz For Kids: Timbalooloo Duo Workshop

June 17, 2017 - 11:00am 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 Etkin's musical travels in Indonesia.

Movements in Modular featuring Certain Creatures and Abe Seiferth

June 16, 2017 - 10:00pm Movements in Modular features electronic artists that perform live. From early Daft Punk to Aphex Twin and beyond, electronic musicians have brought out a portion of their studios to play live instead of DJing. Oliver Chapoy is a Brooklyn-based DJ and producer.

Jean John & The Port Of Life (Album Release Show)

June 16, 2017 - 7:00pm "The Port of Life" is an award winning retrospective compositional work (ASCAP 2017 Johnny Mandel Prize) and a debut album (released by ZKP Ljubljana) by a Slovenian drummer and composer Jean John (Žan Tetičkovič).

Petros Klampanis: Chroma Album Release

June 15, 2017 - 7:00pm Petros Klampanis celebrates the release of his new album 'CHROMA.' On 'CHROMA' , his third album as a leader and Motéma Music debut, Klampanis explores the colors of human character, inspired by world events and personal experience. 'CHROMA,' the Greek word for “color,” masterfully employs a full spectrum of sonic colors to paint an introspective and emotionally daring artistic statement.

Blue Note Jazz Festival and Subrosa present: Zem Audu Album Launch

June 14, 2017 - 7:30pm Nigerian-born, London-raised, and Brooklyn-based Zem Audu is an award winning saxophonist, composer and producer with a fresh sound that blends contemporary jazz, and soulful grooves.

Angel’s Bone Recording with Trinity Wall St. Choir

June 12, 2017 - 8:00am Studio recording of Angel's Bone, Du Yun and Royce Vavrek's opera centered around human trafficking and human nature.

Murray Hidary: Mind Travel

June 11, 2017 - 7:00pm Murray Hidary, composer and pianist, explores the sounds of the universe with his live compositions. His improvisational piano meditations, inspired by mystical traditions and theoretical physics, will leave you in a state of harmony and clarity, with the rhythm to carry it forward into your life.

National Sawdust+ Who Owns the Story: Artists Speak Out

June 11, 2017 - 4:00pm The program, featuring conversations and performances, will explore the idea of who has the ownership – or the right – to tell which/what stories. Are there limits? And what is the responsibility of the artists telling the stories? Artists will include Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Kauila Kanaka’ole, Morley, Dael Orlandersmith, and Carl Hancock Rux.

Northside and The Creative Independent Present: Julia Holter

June 10, 2017 - 8:00pm

Northside Festival Presents: William Basinski

June 9, 2017 - 8:00pm Basinski's Northside Festival performance will be the New York debut of his latest work, "A Shadow in Time (for David Robert Jones)", written in tribute to the late David Bowie and released earlier this year.

Northside Festival and France Rocks Summerfest Present: Lætitia Sadier + Emel Mathlouthi+ Un Blonde

June 8, 2017 - 9:30pm 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.

Ultima Festival: The Heart’s Ear Presents: Cikada Ensemble

June 8, 2017 - 7:00pm Inspiried by Ultima Festival, a contemporary musical feast that takes place each Fall in Oslo, Cikada visits National Sawdust with a program consisting of music by three composers the ensemble has worked closely with over the years. Three of the pieces that will be performed on the evening were commissioned for Cikada.

Fabian Almazan

June 7, 2017 - 10:00pm Alcanza (Spanish for “reach”) is a nine movement suite of music that deals with those brief moments in our lives in which within a blink of an eye, everything changes- or at least gives us a remarkable new perception of our condition. It also deals with the process of finding our own path as we go from childhood into adulthood; reflecting the beauty, frustrations and paradoxes of modern-day life and not giving up on reaching for everything in life that brings us joy and love.”

Sandbox Percussion: Chris Cerrone & Timo Andres Percussion Music

June 7, 2017 - 7:00pm Ian Rosenbaum and Sandbox Percussion perform Chris Cerrone's Goldbeater’s Skin and Timo Andres' Austerity Measures with Elspeth Davis, mezzo-soprano.

Bridging the Gap V

June 04, 2017 - 7:00pm Featuring music by Robert Sirota, Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Angel Lam.

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists: Peter Askim and Jenny Koh

June 4, 2017 - 4:00pm Violinist Jennifer Koh joins the artists of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists in a program of contemporary works for string orchestra. Led by Artistic Director Peter Askim, the performance will include Anna Clyne’s moving Rest These Hands, written for Ms. Koh, as well as the music of living composers.

The Passionate Pilgrim Deluxe

June 3, 2017 - 7:00pm The Passionate Pilgrim” is a song cycle co-written by composer-performer collective Oracle Hysterical (Elliot Cole, Majel Connery and Doug and Brad Balliett). In this collaboration with baroque period ensemble, New Vintage Baroque, “The Passionate Pilgrim” brings an all-but-forgotten poem cycle back to life, reimagined as tuneful Baroque pop.

NS Jazz for Kids: Sonia De Los Santos

June 3, 2017 - 11:00am Sonia De Los Santos was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico and since 2007 has been touring the world, singing in English and Spanish, playing guitar, mandolin, and jarana, and lighting up the stage with Grammy Award winning group Dan Zanes And Friends. Now with her own multicultural band, she shares songs from her celebrated album, “Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island” (Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award Winner) a collection of songs that reflect on her experiences growing up in Mexico, moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage.

Tigue / Innov Gnawa / Underground System

June 2, 2017 - 10:00pm Dive head first into the colorful, hypnotic elation of syncopations, bass lines and horn stabs. In a near-mystical coalescence of musical sensibilities, three of Brooklyn’s most prolific trance inducers — Tigue, Innov Gnawa and Underground System — link up for a kinetic, bliss instigating night of relentless rhythmic intoxication.

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

June 2, 2017 - 7:30pm 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.

L.A. Percussion Quartet: Beyond

June 1, 2017 - 7:00pm The Grammy-nominated LAPQ makes its New York debut with an exciting multimedia program marking the release of its latest surround-sound recording: 'Beyond,' out June 16 on Sono Luminus. Andrew McIntosh's mesmerizing 40-minute opus I Hold the Lion's Paw is the centerpiece, with works by National Sawdust composer-in-residence Ellen Reid, Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone, Anna Thorsvaldsdottir, and others in the mix.

John Zorn Stone Commissioning Series: Ikue Mori

May 31, 2017 - 7:00pm 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.

Music from Yellow Barn

May 28, 2017 - 7:00pm 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 been a voyeuristic diversion in the nightclub or cabaret, and an example of the musical revolution of art “as the commonality of man” that the composer had embraced.

Yuka C. Honda: Limbs

May 28, 2017 - 4:00pm

The Revolution Vol. 15

May 27, 2017 - 10:00pm 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.

Latasha Alcindor presents Teen Night at Empire

May 27, 2017 - 7:00pm 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 her childhood anecdotes at Brooklyn's infamous Empire Skating Rink which was closed down due to the gentrification of its neighborhood.

Songs for Extraordinary People

May 27, 2017 - 11:00am Author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, presents Songs For Extraordinary People: A highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most fascinating individuals in the world. Subjects include Larry Walters, who used 45 helium balloons to carry himself into the sky; and Marie Curie, who discovered radium, and whose notebooks to this day are still too radioactive to handle.

Amid the Noise

May 26, 2017 - 7:00pm Amid the Noise is a set of short pieces exploring many forms of noise framed by drones and consistent yet subtly changing harmonies. They were conceived as small soundtracks for everyday moments in everyday life.

Disrupt Series: Aerial East with Julia Crockett & Group: PORTRAITS

May 25, 2017 - 10:00pm Portraits is an original and unreleased work for movement, voice and string quartet by Aerial East, Julia Crockett, and Maxim Moston. In response to the current political and cultural climate, the evening aims to provide refuge from the oppressive onslaught of imagery and sound. The artists intend to create an atmosphere that fosters community and relieves anxiety.

The Nouveau Classical Project: Currents

May 25, 2017 - 7:00pm The Nouveau Classical Project, an ensemble hailed for “bringing a refreshing edge to the widely conservative genre” (VICE), will premiere new electro-acoustic works and celebrate the marriage of tradition and technology in Currents.

Chamber Music America presents: Edward Simon & Afinidad and Mivos Quartet

May 23, 2017 - 7:00pm Celebrate National Chamber Music Month with this free event, featuring two highly acclaimed and distinctive ensembles: the “daring and ferocious” Mivos Quartet (The Chicago Reader) and Edward Simon’s "dramatically expansive” Afinidad (Downbeat Magazine).

New York Philharmonic Presents: CONTACT!

May 22, 2017 - 7:30pmA Co-Presentation of the New York Philharmonic and National SawdustCONTACT! 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 much more.

Theo Bleckmann Presents: Ambrose Akinmusire, Shai Maestro, and Theo Bleckmann

May 21, 2017 - 7:00pm 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 Presents: Shai Maestro and Ambrose Akinmusire

May 21, 2017 - 7:00pm 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.

Table Music Brunch: New Vintage Baroque

May 21, 2017 - 12:00pm Table Music at National Sawdust is a one of a kind music series created and curated by Juilliard graduate and historical oboist Lindsay McIntosh, featuring a fresh and innovative young Baroque ensemble, New Vintage Baroque.

Third Man Books & BHQFU present: Third Man Showcase

May 20, 2017 - 8:00pm Nashville's THIRD MAN BOOKS, the publishing wing of Jack White's Third Man Records, & BHQFU, New York's freest art school, present an unforgettable evening of music, poetry, prose & revelry.

Mariel Roberts: Cartography, works for solo cello+

May 19, 2017 - 7:00pm 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 guests on piano) she displays the interpretive depth and élan that have established her as one of New York's most accomplished, fearless, and charismatic performers.

Terry and Gyan Riley

May 18, 2017 - 7:00pm Terry and Gyan Riley share the stage for a special concert sharing their talents.

Sasha Velour’s NIGHTGOWNS

May 17, 2017 - 10:00pm Drag queen Sasha Velour (Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 9) presents NIGHTGOWNS, an evening of short performances dedicated to celebrating the diversity, depth, and wild power of drag. Each month features a new lineup of performers, using gender, dance, music, fashion, and visual art in combination to explore both the political and the personal…surprisingly funny, moving, and glamorously queer!

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

May 17, 2017 - 7:00pm The soul of Spanish music resonates in the playing of violinist Eva León. In this concert, Eva teams up with pianist Olga Vinokur to take us on a musical journey across her native land, exploring its many traditions, cultures, and colors. In her most recent album (Naxos), Eva once again gives voice to the Spanish idiom through the timeless compositions of Joaquín Rodrigo supported by Olga Vinokur, who has been described by the New York Times as “exquisite” and by the BBC magazine as “superlative.”

Ritz Chamber Series Vol. 2

May 14, 2017 - 4:00pm 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 African American composers with special nuance and vivid interpretations.

Jeffrey Zeigler Presents: Joshua Roman & Derek Bermel, Karen Kim and Conor Hanick

May 19, 2017 - 10:00pm 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.

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

May 13, 2017 - 7:00pm 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.

Access Contemporary Music presents: Sound of Silent Film Festival

May 12, 2017 - 10:00pm 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.

Sxip Shirey Presents: Michaela Davies

May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm Curator Sxip Shirey is very excited to invite innovative artist Michaela Davies to present her work at National Sawdust. Shirey and Davies have collaborated in the past in Sydney, Australia and they are using this opportunity to create a new work.

Sxip Shirey’s Hour of Charm

May 12, 2017 - 7:00pm 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.

Daniel Zlatkin: Glimpse

May 10, 2017 - 9:30pm Daniel Zlatkin's music has been played by the Da Capo Chamber Players, The Orchestra Now, The Brass Project, the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, and members of the New Haven Symphony. His music has been featured at festivals and venues including Music from Angel Fire and the Fisher Center for Performing Arts.

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

May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm 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 longstanding NYFOS tradition of presenting new work, and puts it in the hands of the composers themselves.

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

May 7, 2017 - 7:00pm 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; and our interpretation of Louis Andreissen's Worker's Union; plus more. Each work provides a complement to the centerpiece and grand finale to the concert, Earle Brown's FOLIO; each work, too, requires virtuosity in both notated and improvised forms.

(h)artDrive

May 7, 2017 - 2:00pm (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.

Adam Abeshouse Presents: Sophia Subbayya Vastek + Giovanni Piacentini

May 6, 2017 - 7:00pm Pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek and guitarist/composer Giovanni Piacentini, in a double bill program, will celebrate the release of their forthcoming albums.

Christopher Tignor and Tristan Perich

May 5, 2017 - 10:00pm Christopher Tignor is a composer, violinist, and software engineer. His emotionally charged scores and unique focus on live, performance-based electro-acoustic practice has won acclaim within both the classical and experimental communities across 8 LPs on the Western Vinyl and New Albion record labels.

Tenth Intervention: Anxiety. Ecstasy. Fear. Chaos. Sensuality.

May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm 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 B