At National Sawdust, we believe that New Music not only has the power to deeply move audiences but can also thrust the social conversation forward. In Season Four, National Sawdust builds upon its core mission of presenting cross-genre, interdisciplinary, and equity-based work to create a more inclusive playing field for artists while giving audiences a more expansive vision of what music can be. In addition to continuing our initiatives with the National Sawdust Log and National Sawdust Tracks, we’re doubling down on incubation as a core tenet of our organization. In Season Four, we will embark on new partnerships with music’s most vital institutions, touring our National Sawdust Projects around the world.
Our artists create an exciting continuum where musicians are breaking out of genres and labels. They also share the National Sawdust DNA: exceptional talent, thought-provoking messaging, and unparalleled commitment and creativity. These artists lead the charge in all facets of our programming this season, whether it is discovery led concerts by iconic composers such as John Zorn, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Tania León; new operas such as Chimera, a new drag queen opera written by composer Angélica Negrón; or giving our Artists-in-Residence the resources to tour projects combining music and important social issues at the Kennedy Center and Wallis Annenberg Center Performing Art Centers, including Amanda Gookin’s Forward Music Project and Andy Akiho’s Miyamoto is Black Enough, among others.
National Sawdust is the home for the curious, where anyone can Hear It New. We’re excited to share this impactful season with you, ripe with discovery, adventure, and purpose.
-Paola Prestini, Composer, Co-Founder, and Artistic Director