Be the first to celebrate the spectacular third season of National Sawdust, “Brooklyn’s contemporary music sanctuary” (I Care If You Listen). The second show of the season-opening trifecta focuses on our multicultural theme of the season: Origins, and is a singular opportunity to hear three iterations of musical mastery, energy, and passion from sounds that span three continents.
Lithuanian-American multi-instrumentalist Abraham Brody (NS Artist-in-Residence), dubbed “a powerful talent” by performance artist Marina Abramović, will perform violin and electronics, masterfully linking music, performance art, and multimedia together to create vivid pictures inspired by Lithuanian folk melodies.
Fresh off a Pulitzer Prize for her opera and human trafficking allegory Angel’s Bone, Chinese composer and multi-instrumentalist Du Yun (NS Curator) will show off her pop tastes, performing with her experimental ensemble Ok Miss.
The emerging mavericks of Russian Renaissance, winners of the prestigious $100,000 2017 M Prize, will perform some of their work labeled “ferocious” by M Prize critic Martin Slagter, featuring true feats of excitement and technical wizardry on traditional Russian instruments like the stringed balalaika, the domra, the button accordion, and balalaika-contrabasso.
Guided Discovery will be hosted by violist, Peabody Award-winning radio/podcast host, and all around new-music champion Nadia Sirota.
This evening is supported in part by The Garcia Family Foundation.