Hildegard Month

June 2018

Hildegard Month

Hildegard von Bingen is recognized as the first documented woman composer, but to us she represents so much more—a woman who transcended surrounding pressures to “stay in her place” to meaningfully contribute to the musical canon and scientific literature. During the month of June, we’re honoring Hildegard with five performances that channel the power and brilliance of women through a distinctly National Sawdust lens, blind to genre or old conventions. The month will honor women artists, women composers, and women of generations long past and ones that are emerging in the next generation. Some say that the future is female, but we’re excited to highlight the women of now, too.

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.

Northside Festival Presents Liz Phair

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

The Creative Independent x Northside Festival

June 9th, 2018 - 8:00pm

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)

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.

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.

John Zorn Presents 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 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.

John Zorn’s 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.