Next Opening Week event

OPENING NIGHT: DISCOVER THE SPACE VOL. 2

Oct 1, 2015 • 11pm

OPENING NIGHT: DISCOVER THE SPACE VOL. 2 at 11 pm will feature National Sawdust Curators & Artists – steel pan performer and composer Andy Akiho, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and poet Roger Bonair-Agard; Cibo Matto with special guest Nels Cline; and National Sawdust Curator, James Murphy DJ Set (DFA / LCD Soundsystem).

All Opening Week events

Opening Night: Discover The Space Vol. 1

At 7:30pm, members of the National Sawdust family of artists join forces for an evening that explores the acoustics of the new hall. Curator Theo Bleckmann will be joined by ACME, one of the venue’s groups-in-residence, in a new work commissioned by National Sawdust. Other collaborations will include National Sawdust curator Jeffrey Zeigler with Gyan Riley (guitar) and Eve Gigliotti (mezzo-soprano) performing Paola Prestini’s OLIVIA. Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly, a National Sawdust advisory board member, perform with Tanya Tagaq and Jeffrey Zeigler. Stephen Gosling will perform music by Paola Prestini. Chris Thile will perform solo.

In Situ: Tanya Tagaq in Nanook of the North

Oct 2, 2015 • 8pm
The award-winning Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, named one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need to Know in 2015,” performs a live score, created with composer Derek Charke, to the 1922 silent film Nanook of the North.

In Situ: Leo Genovese’s Legal Aliens

Oct 2 - 10pm
Pianist and keyboardist Leo Genovese will present Legal Aliens, a new set of compositions for a large ensemble comprised of musicians from around the world, modeled after the rich melodic and rhythmic traditions that Genovese has studied in his world travels, including the Balkans, Brazil, Morocco, and his native Argentina.

Terry Riley Festival: Vol 1

Oct 3, 2015 • 8pm

For the National Sawdust opening weekend, in celebration of National Sawdust advisory board member Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Matmos, John Zorn, and Roomful of Teeth, along with Riley’s son, the virtuoso guitarist Gyan Riley, will perform a range of the iconic composer’s music.

Terry Riley, on vocals, piano, and synthesizer, performs with Gyan Riley on classical and electric guitars.

Terry Riley Festival: Vol 1

Oct 3, 2015 • 10pm

For the National Sawdust opening weekend, in celebration of National Sawdust advisory board member Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Matmos, John Zorn, and Roomful of Teeth, along with Riley’s son, the virtuoso guitarist Gyan Riley, will perform a range of the iconic composer’s music.

Terry Riley, on vocals, piano, and synthesizer, performs with Gyan Riley on classical and electric guitars.

Community Day

Oct 4, 2015 • 11am-6pm

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

NS+ Talks: Terry Riley & François Girard

Oct 4, 2015 • 5pm

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

Terry Riley Festival: Vol 2

Oct 4, 2015 • 7pm

For the National Sawdust opening weekend, in celebration of National Sawdust advisory board member Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Matmos, John Zorn, and Roomful of Teeth, along with Riley’s son, the virtuoso guitarist Gyan Riley, will perform a range of the iconic composer’s music.

Terry Riley’s Abbeyozzud and Beyond with Gyan Riley, Zach Brock (violin), David Cossin (percussion), Travis Laplante (saxophone), Matmos (electronics), Benjamin Verdery and Guitarists from The Yale School of Music, and Evan Ziporyn (saxophone).

Terry Riley Festival: Vol 3

Oct 4, 2015 • 9pm

For the National Sawdust opening weekend, in celebration of National Sawdust advisory board member Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Matmos, John Zorn, and Roomful of Teeth, along with Riley’s son, the virtuoso guitarist Gyan Riley, will perform a range of the iconic composer’s music.

Terry Riley’s Abbeyozzud and Beyond with Gyan Riley, Zach Brock (violin), David Cossin (percussion), Travis Laplante (saxophone), Matmos (electronics), and Evan Ziporyn (saxophone) will perform Thanks Isn’t Enough, Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band, Tread on the Trail, and Hashish Master.

Terry Riley Festival: Vol 4

Oct 5, 2015 • 7pm

For the National Sawdust opening weekend, in celebration of National Sawdust advisory board member Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Matmos, John Zorn, and Roomful of Teeth, along with Riley’s son, the virtuoso guitarist Gyan Riley, will perform a range of the iconic composer’s music.

Remember This, Oh Mind (World Premiere) and a new world premiere for Roomful of Teeth: Roomful of Teeth and a cello octet led by National Sawdust curator Jeffrey Zeigler will perform a new work by Riley, along with the composer’s seminal ArchAngels.

Terry Riley Festival: Vol 5

Oct 5, 2015 • 9pm

For the National Sawdust opening weekend, in celebration of National Sawdust advisory board member Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Matmos, John Zorn, and Roomful of Teeth, along with Riley’s son, the virtuoso guitarist Gyan Riley, will perform a range of the iconic composer’s music.

Terry and Gyan Riley perform with John Zorn.

In Situ: Brooklyn Youth Chorus & Friends

Brooklyn Youth Chorus presents a curated evening of music featuring some of today's most sought-after contemporary composers. Accompanied by American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), the Chorus performs excerpts from National Sawdust director Paola Prestini's newest musical theatre piece Aging Magician. The evening also features works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, National Sawdust curator and Arcade Fire core band member Richard Reed Parry plus world premieres by San Fermin bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone and Sarah Small of The Delirium Constructions. Joining the Chorus will be Bulgarian a cappella trio Black Sea Hotel (Small, Shelley Thomas, Willa Roberts).