Can eclectic sound cohesive? Writing and performing music that moves effortlessly from dense modernism to spare vernacular song, pianist, composer, and singer Gabriel Kahane has established himself as a leading voice among a generation of young indie composers redefining music for the 21st century. Kahane performs with a variety of influential artists, including Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and his father, the noted pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane. He has also written the music and lyrics for February House, which ran at New York City’s Public Theater in 2012.
New to UMS, but not to Ann Arbor (he has performed at the Kerrytown Concert House), Kahane will be performing songs from his latest album, Where Are The Arms, along with material drawn from his diverse songbook and musical theater compositions. He performs with friends and collaborators yMusic, featuring guitarist/violinist Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons) and trumpet player CJ Camerieri (Sufjan Stevens, American Composers Orchestra).
I. Amuse Bouche—featuring yMusic, selections announced from the stage
II. Piano Karaoke—Gabriel Kahane performs an assortment of songs including Charles Ives, Jerome Kern, and Chris Thile
III. Songs—performed by Gabriel Kahane, yMusic, Casey Foubert (bass), and Matt Johnson (drums). Selections announced from the stage.
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Gabriel Kahane has performed and continues to perform with a variety of artists, including Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and his father, the noted pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane. He has also written the music and lyrics for February House, which runs at New York City’s Public Theater in 2012.
This season’s performances mark Gabriel Kahane’s UMS debut.