Best of 2017: National Sawdust Highlights

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National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith singles out noteworthy performances and recordings produced and presented by National Sawdust in 2017.

Jenny Hval: Testing the Boundaries of Performance

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Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval, who performs at National Sawdust on Dec. 18, speaks with Sasha Geffen about touring, collaboration, and smuggling intestines through airport security.

Meet the NS Artist-in-Residence: Lidiya Yankovskaya, Activist Conductor

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Get to know conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya, whose Refugee Orchestra Project is in residence at National Sawdust this season and performs there on Nov. 12.

Introducing the Hildegard Series

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Announcing The Hildegard Series, an ongoing component of the National Sawdust Log that will focus exclusively on the stories, issues, and activities of female-identifying composers, performers, and professionals involved in the contemporary music world.

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.

Performance Response: Wordless Music Orchestra Plays 'Jackie'

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Live-scoring concerts commonly pair up silent movies with small orchestras. You can’t drown out a silent film and you can’t really get it wrong, since any pairing of sound and image takes you towards a reading.…What the Wordless Music Orchestra pulled off on Friday at National Sawdust was something else entirely.

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.

National Sawdust Announces Season 3: Origins

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National Sawdust (NS), the unparalleled artist-led incubator in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, has announced the theme of its third season: Origins. Bringing its progressive values to the forefront, the non-profit assembles an extraordinary lineup of multicultural curators from six continents, whose programming celebrates diversity in culture through diversity in music.

In Review: Handel's Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

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“Resist!” could be the 21st-century motto of Handel’s serenata Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, a mythological story of steadfast love cleverly interpreted by the director Christopher Alden as a modern-day tale of bullying and manipulation. The staging, co-produced by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, Cath Brittan, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and National Sawdust, completes its brief run this week.

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.