Performance Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Gabriel Kahane: Don't Even Listen

Zankel Hall
Living a double-life as a composer by day and a singer-songwriter by night, Gabriel Kahane explores connections between classical and popular song forms to explode the notion that these bodies of work should be treated differently. Kahane’s program in Zankel Hall combines his own works—Come on All You Ghosts, selections from Where are the Arms, and the world premiere of a new work commissioned by Carnegie Hall—with songs by composers who range from Ives and Schumann to Andrew Norman and Cee Lo Green.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Gabriel Kahane, Piano, Reed Organ, Guitar, and Vocals
  • Shara Worden, Reed Organ, Guitar, and Vocals
  • Brooklyn Rider
    ·· Johnny Gandelsman, Violin
    ·· Colin Jacobsen, Violin
    ·· Nicholas Cords, Viola
    ·· Eric Jacobsen, Cello


  • GABRIEL KAHANE Come On All You Ghosts
  • YOTAM HABER "Once The Ocean Takes You"
  • RYAN ADAMS "Sylvia Plath"
  • TRAD. "O Waly, Waly" (arr. Benjamin Britten)
  • CHRIS THILE "The Only Interesting Thing..."
  • SCHUMANN "Ich grolle nicht," Op. 48, No. 7 from Dichterliebe
  • CEE LO GREEN "F**k You"
  • ANDREW NORMAN "Don't Even Listen"
  • IVES "Tom Sails Away"
  • KERN "The Folks Who Live on the Hill" from High, Wide, and Handsome
  • GABRIEL KAHANE The Fiction Issue (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • GABRIEL KAHANE Songs from Where are the Arms
    ·· "
    Winter Song"
    ·· "Charming Disease"
    ·· "Merritt Pkwy"
    ·· "Where are the Arms"
    ·· "Last Dance"

  • Encore:
  • GABRIEL KAHANE "Goodnight to the Boardinghouse" from February House


  • Gabriel Kahane

    Gabriel Kahane has established himself as a leading voice among a generation of young composers who are redefining music for the 21st century. This season features performances at the University Musical Society of Ann Arbor, Carolina Performing Arts Center, and Library of Congress; as well as concerts with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, for whom he is currently composer-in-residence.

    Kahane's rich and focused sophomore album Where are the Arms featured collaborations with Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons, The National), Casey Foubert (Sufjan Stevens, Richard Swift, Pedro the Lion), and Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, St. Vincent), in 11 intricate and literate songs. Launched by his 2006 song cycle Craigslistlieder, Kahane has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Kronos Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Caramoor Festival, among others. His musical February House received its world premiere this past spring, for which he contributed music and lyrics, in an extended run at New York's Public Theater; the original cast recording is released this month on StorySound Records. An avid chamber musician, Kahane has performed with such artists as Alisa Weilerstein, Jeremy Denk, Jonathan Biss, and the Calder Quartet. He is a recipient of multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Corporation of Yaddo. Kahane makes his home in Brooklyn, New York, in close company with a century-old piano and many books.

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  • Shara Worden

    Shara Worden received a bachelor's degree in opera from the University of North Texas and studied composition with Padma Newsome. Under the moniker My Brightest Diamond, she has released three albums on Asthmatic Kitty Records. The most recent album, All Things Will Unwind, is a chamber-pop album inspired by Detroit. In addition to pursuing her own compositions, she has collaborated with artists such as David Lang, Sufjan Stevens, David Byrne, Bryce Dessner, Matthew Ritchie, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Matthew Barney, and Andrew Ondrejcak. In 2012, Worden received a Kresge Artist Fellowship.

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  • Brooklyn Rider

    The adventurous, intrepid string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that continues to attract legions of fans and draw critical acclaim from classical, world, and rock critics. Brooklyn Rider's 2012-2013 season begins with a fall tour-presenting works by Stravinsky, Bartók, and Gabriel Kahane, as well as world premieres by Colin Jacobsen, Shara Worden, Vijay Iyer, and John Zorn-which stops at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where Brooklyn Rider continues its three-year residency and participates in UNC's The Rite of Spring at 100 project.

    This season, the quartet begins its ongoing project "The Brooklyn Rider Almanac," for which it commissions composers from various genres to write short, art-inspired works for string quartet. In January, Brooklyn Rider will premiere new compositions by Nik Bärtsch, Padma Newsome, Greg Saunier, Ethan Iverson, and Bill Frisell at Dartmouth College. The quartet will participate in a recording project with 14-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck, appear at Chicago's Mandel Hall and Atlanta's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, and embark on a second tour of Asia in April 2013.

    The quartet has been increasingly active in the recording studio, producing much-praised albums such as the Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass on the composer's Orange Mountain Music label. Violinist Johnny Gandelsman launched In a Circle Records in 2008 with the release of Brooklyn Rider's eclectic debut recording Passport, followed by Dominant Curve in 2010, and Seven Steps in 2012.

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Pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 PM in Zankel Hall with Gabriel Kahane in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.


Merritt Parkway
Gabriel Kahane
Sound Records

At a Glance

Tonight's program showcases singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane's singular ability to pull disparate ideas and musical styles together to create an unexpectedly eloquent narrative. Structured into four parts, the concert features settings of poems by Matthew Zapruder that traverse the boundaries between pop and classical, a group of songs that expresses the same message in surprisingly different styles, the world premiere of The Fiction Issue, and songs from Kahane's beautiful 2011 album Where are the Arms.
Program Notes


Gabriel Kahane discusses the program for Don't Even Listen.

Gabriel Kahane discusses career, performing, and composing.

$10 student rush tickets available in the mezzanine.
Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This performance is part of Signatures.