Welcome to Live@NationalSawdust, a digital home for the voices and work of the artists we’ve been lucky enough to host over the past 5 seasons in our Williamsburg venue, featuring weekly releases from our archive of live performances. 

The powerful effect that this moment of stasis has had on our environment cannot be ignored or underestimated. Globally, satellites and scientists have identified cleaner air, with mountain views once clouded by pollution exposed again in their beauty, and pollution levels in cities reduced. Now more than ever, our gratitude for the earth is even deeper – it is important to remember that protecting the planet is inseparable from protecting each other. In this fourth installation of Live@NationalSawdust, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with powerful performances and projects that both celebrate the wonder of nature, and serve as a powerful call to action to protect all that we stand to lose. 

Free for audiences across the globe, we bring the joyful, profound, and transformative art of music to connect us all at this extraordinary time of crisis. 

More than ever, our city needs a home that welcomes and celebrates music in all its forms and vibrancy, and that contributes to artists’ livelihoods. Match for Music: Double Your Donation to National Sawdust today to strengthen our resiliency and keep our doors open, digitally and in the future. Every dollar you contribute will be matched 1:1 by our Board Chair and President up to $300,000. We would be extremely grateful for anything you can do to help National Sawdust continue to connect us all through the gift of music.

Live@NationalSawdust is made possible by a growing list of generous donors including: Sally and Dan Breen, Theodore Cornwell, Richard D’Avino, Kevin Dolan, Joan and Peter Faber, Kristen Garry and Robert Rudnick, Mimi and Steve Houston, Joanne Hubschman, Catriona Mordant AM and Simon Mordant AM, Diana and Jonathan Rose, John Rutherford, Kris Sebastian and Alberto Cribiore, Daisy M. Soros, David Stein, Jill and Bill Steinberg, Rachel and Dan Widawsky, James Wolcott, Karen Wong, the Booth Ferris Foundation, and with previous capital support from the City of New York through the New York City Council, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Live@NationalSawdust is co-curated by Paola Prestini and Nicole Merritt. 

Please consider supporting these artists directly during this extraordinarily difficult time, especially challenging for those who make a living through freelance work — links to their music are included under each video.

Watch Live@NationalSawdust:

The Colorado – Directed by Murat Eyuboglu

‘Kitapsi, Nija, Añaantsi’ (Land, Water, Life) – Directed by Murat Eyuboglu

PUBLIQuartet – PUBLIQ Access 4.0: Our Environment

Yuka C. Honda – ‘No Revenge Necessary’

Ex Situ: Maja S.K. Ratkje

Orquesta Akokán

J Hoard

Joyous String Ensemble

One Fine Day, David Byrne, Mauro Refosco, & Brooklyn Youth Chorus

NationalSawdust+ presents “Inside Juggling”: Sean Gandini & Gandini Juggling with Anthony Roth Costanzo, Caroline Shaw, Mark Stewart & more

Artist Development Workshop: Intersections with the Arts with Renée Fleming, Tod Machover, and Paola Prestini

no by Caleb Burhans, performed by Lucy Dhegrae, part of The Processing Series

So Much On My Soul, Ellen Reid & Young People’s Chorus of New York City

Ex Situ: Anna Clyne’s The Violin

Opening Night 2015: Philip Glass, Foday Musa Suso, and Jeffrey Zeigler

Opening Night 2015: Chris Thile

Opening Night 2015: Tanya Tagaq, Jeffrey Zeigler, Nels Cline, and Glenn Kotche

Opening Night 2015: Nico Muhly and Nadia Sirota

Opening Night 2015: Eve Gigliotti, Gyan Riley, and Jeffrey Zeigler perform Paola Prestini’s Yoani Songs