Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums”, Gabriel Kahane’s major label debut, The Ambassador (Sony Music Masterworks) is a meditation on the underbelly of Los Angeles seen through the lens of ten street addresses.
In December of 2014, Kahane and his band appeared at the BAM Harvey Theater in the critically-acclaimed NY premiere of the staged version of The Ambassador directed by Tony-winner John Tiffany (Once, Black Watch) and designed by Tony-winner Christine Jones (Spring Awakening, American Idiot). The Ambassador was also performed at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse.
A tireless collaborator, Kahane’s recent credits include a track on this year’s Beck Song Reader (Warby Parker), an album that also features Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Laura Marling, and Beck himself; appearances on Blake Mills’ Heigh Ho; several projects with Sufjan Stevens; as well as performances and recordings Chris Thile of Punch Brothers, for whom Kahane will be opening on tour throughout the U.S. this spring.
Dividing his time between the club and the concert hall, Kahane 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 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. He has appeared in recital with string quartet Brooklyn Rider at Carnegie Hall, at the Library of Congress with fellow composer/performer Timo Andres, and on tour throughout North America with cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
Kahane’s musical February House 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.
He lives in Brooklyn, NY.