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Gabriel Kahane

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The day after the 2016 presidential election, Gabriel Kahane boarded a train at Penn Station and traveled 8,980 miles around the U.S., talking to dozens of strangers in an attempt to better understand his country and fellow citizens.
The resulting album, Book of Travelers (8/24 Nonesuch Records), is at once a prayer for empathy and reconciliation, as well as an unflinching examination of the complex and often troubled history of the United States.
Over the last decade, Gabriel has established himself as a songwriter all his own, grafting a deep interest in storytelling to a keen sense of harmony and rhythm. His major label debut, The Ambassador, a study of Los Angeles through the lens of ten street addresses, was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums”.
Kahane has collaborated with an array of artists including Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, Blake Mills, and Chris Thile. He has been commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Oregon Symphony, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. With The Knights, he recorded his orchestral song cycle Crane Palimpsest.
An avid theater artist, Gabriel appeared at BAM in 2014 with The Ambassador, directed by Tony-winner John Tiffany, returning in 2017 with 8980: Book of Travelers. He is also the composer-lyricist of the musical February House , which premiered in 2012 at the Public Theater.
A graduate of Brown University, Kahane lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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