Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Tiokasin Ghosthorse — a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota — is an international speaker on Peace, Indigenous, and Mother Earth perspectives. A survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Rosebud Lakota Reservations in South Dakota and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems designed to “kill the Indian and save the man,” Tiokasin has a long history of Indigenous activism and advocacy. He is a guest faculty member at Yale University’s School of Divinity, Ecology and Forestry, focusing on the cosmology, diversity, and perspectives on the relational/egalitarian vs. rational/hierarchal thinking processes of Western society. Tiokasin is the Founder, Host, and Executive Producer of the twenty-four-year-old “First Voices Radio” (formerly “First Voices Indigenous Radio”), a one-hour live program now syndicated to seventy radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.


DISRUPT (series) at National Sawdust is about artist + audience taking risk, causing reactions, triggering emotion, and finding the present together. The first show of the series will feature a collaboration of Jan St. Werner, Sufjan Stevens, Kid Millions and Benjamin Lanz with special guests.

Live/Late Night at National Sawdust

Live Radio Show. Discover contemporary classical music.

Ritz Chamber Series

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. Its members perform with prestigious organizations such as the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the London Symphony.

Attacca Quartet: Recently Added

“Recently Added” is a 3 concert arc presented by the Attacca string quartet. It is an exploration of the complete works of living composers who have made significant additions to the string quartet repertoire. This is a follow-up to their project called “the 68” where the Attacca Quartet played the complete string quartets of Haydn.

Town Hall

Sparked by your passionate dialogue and debate at National Sawdust’s impromptu town-hall two nights after the election, National Sawdust is dedicating a monthly series to a town hall discussion that focuses on crucial questions of our time: How did we get here? What can we do to create change and make an impact? These Town Hall series will be streamed on Facebook Live, and all proceeds will go to an activist group co-sponsoring the event.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL In its 7th season, this “invaluable contemporary-music series” (The New Yorker) moves to a new venue: Brooklyn’s much buzzed about National Sawdust. With an emphasis on spontaneity, novelty, and collaboration, NYFOS Next offers today’s song composers an opportunity to curate a program of their work alongside that of their peers, students, and mentors.

Table Music Brunch

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. Inspired by Café Zimmerman, the largest and most popular Kaffeehaus in Leipzig and a center for the middle classes during the eighteenth century, National Sawdust and James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly bring you a Sunday brunch series.