Gotye's tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey

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Walter De Backer, better known as Gotye, pays homage to the late French music maverick Jean-Jacques Perrey, whose music will be featured in the debut performance by Ondioline Orchestra on Nov. 22 at National Sawdust.

Christopher Rountree: What is Los Angeles?

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"it’s somewhere where most of my meetings take place eating a coconut popsicle, walking around a lake, with dozens of people in pedal boats on it, during winter." We asked conductor, composer, and wild Up founder Christopher Rountree to explain the funky new magic of Los Angeles; in response, he waxed poetic.

Roger Bonair-Agard: Where Brooklyn At?

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A celebrated poet and writer in residence at National Sawdust, Roger Bonair-Agard has published three full-length collections of poetry, and celebrates the arrival of his fourth, Where Brooklyn At?, on Nov. 10 at National Sawdust – read an exclusive preview here. On Nov. 10, Bonair-Agard will celebrate the arrival of his newest book, Where Brooklyn At? (Willow Books/Aquarius Press, 2016), with a reading at National Sawdust presented in collaboration with The Baldwin Protocols, an arts-based intervention and reading series that he created. To mark the occasion, and with his blessing, we're proud to share some of the poems included in the new book.

Joshua Winstead of Metric: On MMXX

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Metric bassist and singer-songwriter Joshua Winstead recently released his debut solo album, MMXX; now, in advance of bringing his new music to National Sawdust, he fielded questions from friends in Metric, Bear in Heaven, Broken Social Scene, and Death From Above 1979.

David T. Little and Royce Vavrek: On Dog Days

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Hailed by audiences and the press during its premiere run in 2012, the opera Dog Days – created by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek – has enjoyed widespread success unusual for contemporary opera. During a recent interview, Little and Vavrek looked back on their creative partnership, the premiere staging, and lessons learned along the way.

TJ Armand and Carl Paiva: On Sama: An American Requiem

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Inaugurating Beginning Stages, a first-time venture for National Sawdust that emphasizes some of the earliest steps in the development of a musical-theater work, TJ Armand and Carl Paiva took part in a week-long residency in September. With another concert reading coming up, they checked in with a progress report.

Of reviews and responses.

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Since we launched The Log Journal last week, we've posted a handful of reports from recent performing-arts events: three of them labeled "review," and two under the heading "response." What's the difference? That's a good question, and one I think we should address openly here for the sake of complete transparency.

Performance Response: National Sawdust Opening Night 2016

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The one who deals with sound creates spaces from different relationships between resonances, echoes, and physical proprieties of supposed materials, storytelling, emotional illusionism, metaphoric design or poetic forms, dealing not only with the exterior/acoustic aspects of the space being developed, but also designing sound in the roots of the story itself, the inner space.

Performance Response: National Sawdust Opening Night 2016

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The evening began dreamy. A field of suspended small stones surrounded Sophia Brous as she first lay recumbent, then rose to bring the lullabies to life. The stones were cosmic, asteroids or debris from outer space; or they were oceanic, the pebbles of a beach. The music was a journey as well.

Paola Prestini and Steve Smith: What Is The Log?

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Back when Paola Prestini was brainstorming what National Sawdust could be and do, she voiced the conviction that journalism and criticism are fundamental to the artistic ecosystem. Now, as our new journalistic initiative takes its first steps out into the world, we want to share the thinking behind this unconventional pursuit.