Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums”, Gabriel Kahane’s major label debut, The Ambassador, is a meditation on the underbelly of Los Angeles seen through the lens of ten street addresses. Last season, Kahane appeared at BAM’s Harvey Theater in the critically-acclaimed New York premiere of the stage production of The Ambassador, directed by Tony Award-winner John Tiffany. The production was also presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, as well as by Carolina Performing Arts at UNC Chapel Hill, where Kahane is involved in a multi-year academic and artistic residency.
The 2015-2016 season finds Mr. Kahane involved in a number of touring projects with friends and collaborators new and old. In addition to making solo appearances with the North Carolina and Colorado Symphonies, as well as with Boston-based string orchestra A Far Cry, Kahane will appear on separate tours with the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, and with pianist/composer Timo Andres, the latter tour culminating in a duo recital at Carnegie Hall as part of that institution’s 125th anniversary season. In March, Kahane makes his European solo debut in a concert at the recently opened Paris Philharmonie.
Gabriel has been commissioned by, among others, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom, as Orpheus’ first composer-in-residence, he toured in the spring of 2013 performing Gabriel’s Guide to the 48 States,an hour-long cycle on texts from the WPA American Guide Series.
Kahane’s recent studio credits, aside from his work as a leader, include a track on last year’s Beck Song Reader; appearances on Blake Mills’ Heigh Hoalongside Fiona Apple and Jon Brion; several projects with Sufjan Stevens; as well as performances and recordings with Chris Thile of Punch Brothers, for whom Gabriel opens on tour throughout the U.S. in 2015.
An avid theater artist, Gabriel’s musical February House, with book by playwright Seth Bockley, received world premiere productions at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven and New York’s Public Theater in 2012; an original cast album was released on StorySound Records. Upcoming theater projects include commissions from the Public Theater in New York and Signature Theater in Arlington, VA, as well as a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker. A graduate of Brown University and two-time MacDowell Colony fellow, Gabriel lives in Brooklyn, NY.