Meet the NS Artist-in-Residence: Abraham Brody, Meditative Explorer

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The violinist and composer Abraham Brody felt compelled from an early age to seek out his cultural roots – a journey that has taken him via Vienna to Vilnius and points far beyond, and seen him collaborate with Siberian shamans and the celebrated performance artist Marina Abramović.

Deerhoof: Communal Composition, Lyrical Abstraction, and Creative Survival

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For 23 years, the members of mercurial quartet Deerhoof have shaped their angular art-rock into a singular sound, a living organism running strong on compositional collaboration and sheer willpower. The band’s latest LP, Mountain Moves, poses many questions about what life in America looks like post-November 2016.

Annea Lockwood: Sound in Nature and the Nature of Sound

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Annea Lockwood would rather leave interpretations of her music up to other people. “I’m always preoccupied with making the latest piece,” she says. She’ll be introducing a new work, Bayou-Borne, for Pauline, at Issue Project Room on Sept. 29, the first night of the two-evening FOR/WITH mini-festival.

Meet the NS Curator: David Krakauer, Klezmer Activist

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Globally renowned as a clarinet virtuoso and klezmer maverick, David Krakauer discusses his artistic and cultural journey, the artists and programs he'll bring to National Sawdust, and the ACLU/NYCLU benefit concert he'll present on Sept. 24 at Symphony Space.

Edward Yim: Symphonic Dreams at the American Composers Orchestra

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Edward Yim, recently named president of the American Composers Orchestra following prominent roles at the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York City Opera, discusses the ACO's new season and institutional aspirations.

Anthony Roth Costanzo and Christopher Alden: The Timeless, Timely Handel

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A curator at National Sawdust from its inception, Anthony Roth Costanzo fashioned one of the most striking presentations of the young organization's inaugural season with 'Orphic Moments.' Now, Costanzo returns to offer Handel's 'Aci, Galatea e Polifemo,' a seldom-encountered dramatic serenata, staged by Christopher Alden, one of the opera world's most insightful, inventive directors.

Vijay Iyer: Taking Stock of the Ojai Music Festival Experience

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"My approach was that, instead of genre, we should talk about community," Vijay Iyer told a near-capacity crowd that filled a local community center in Ojai, California, on a hazy but pleasant Thursday afternoon in early June. The audience had gathered to get to know Iyer: a celebrated composer, improviser, pianist, and bandleader, and the music director of the 2017 Ojai Music Festival. What distinguished a community, he explained, is that it is intergenerational, and continually renewing. The resulting aesthetic, he said, might be one of "openness, welcome, and tolerance."

Jen Shyu: Telling Personal Stories in Global Dialects

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Nine Doors, a full length, multilingual, ritual music drama by Jen Shyu, came about as the result of a self-issued artistic challenge. “I wanted to write for as big a group as I could,” Shyu says, “and then distill it down to a solo.”

Robert Paterson and David Cote: Can Opera Handle Sexbots and Swinger Parties?

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Composer Robert Paterson and librettist David Cote’s Three Way is, generally speaking, about sex. Or, to be precise: sex with an android, power games between a dominatrix and her piggish client, and erotic confusion among four couples in masks and robes at a suburban swinger party. In advance of their BAM engagement, we invited Paterson and Cote to interview one another about how and why they wrote such a charming opera with such a naughty title.

Ian Rosenbaum: Inviting Composers to Play in the Percussionists' Sandbox

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"Our mission, our goal as an ensemble, is to play percussion music that we feel is as good as any other chamber music for any other instruments that is being written now, and get it in front of people who have never heard it before," Ian Rosenbaum declares of Sandbox Percussion, the esteemed quartet of which he's a member. The group appears at National Sawdust on June 7, playing works by Christopher Cerrone and Timo Andres.