Ensemble ACJW Presents Turning Point at National Sawdust



Ensemble ACJW Presents Turning Point
Tuesday, May 3 at 7 PM
National Sawdust

Join Ensemble ACJW, the group that Time Out New York called “consistently innovative and exciting,” for their second concert at National Sawdust. Turning Point explores Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony—one of the last tonal works written by the composer—as well as pieces influenced by his revolutionary ideas about sound, structure, and gesture. The program also features works by Boulez, Takemitsu, Matthias Pintscher, and Crawford Seeger.

National Sawdust
Tickets: $15
80 North Sixth Street | Brooklyn

Rider – the new restaurant inside Williamsburg’s National Sawdust venue


Rider: Photo by Nick Solares

A new restaurant, Rider, opened last Friday inside National Sawdust. Here’s what people are saying.

From Grub Street:

A hospitality rider is a set of dressing-room demands made of a venue by a presumably diva-esque performer; perhaps the most famous one stipulated that Van Halen’s snack bowl never be sullied with brown M&M;’s. And although the restaurant inhabiting Williamsburg’s new National Sawdust performance space takes its name from that contractual agreement, chef-owner Patrick Connolly hasn’t organized his menu around the appetites of visiting artists. [Read more…]

Top 5 shows of the weekend


Love is in the air, or not, this weekend; I’ll be able to help with the latter. Hopefully it’s a long one for all, however, with President’s Day on Monday. Forget about the potential -18 degrees Celsius temperatures (come on people, let’s stop using Fahrenheit, it’s so unbecoming and idiotic), wrap up warm and get out of the yawning chasm of nihilism that has been 2016 so far, we’re better than this.

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National Sawdust is open, check out Terry Riley, John Zorn, Majical Cloudz and more this month

National Sawdust 80 North 6th Street (at Wythe)

National Sawdust
80 North 6th Street (at Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
credit Gothamist

Given last week’s weather crapfest, we failed to mention that National Sawdust opened Thursday in Williamsburg. Gothamist paid them a visit and was impressed:

It’s a goddamn classy joint. A miniature BAM that looks like a spaceship. A classical music think tank. A creative hub for undiscovered talent. And it’s a non-profit. But you know, there will also be a bar and stuff. Photographer Scott Heins dropped by the 13,000-square-foot space for a preview today, and reports back that the main room has been specifically designed as a space for artists’ rehearsals, recording, and live performance—”every last detail of its acoustic-paneled walls, light fixtures, and rafters have been made with music in mind.” The main room is both recording studio and music hall, with acoustics fitting for both, and at least eight inches of solid concrete separates National Sawdust’s main room from the street outside. [Read more…]

New Williamsburg music venue National Sawdust announces initial schedule

nationalThe new Williamsburg music National Stardust located on North 6th (Wythe) and backed by musicians like The National’s Bryce Dessner has announced its initial schedule. From Brooklyn Vegan:

Three of the venue’s curators, The National’s Bryce Dessner, composer Nico Muhly and vocalist Theo Bleckmann, will team up for a concert on opening night. They’ll be joined by the ACME ensemble and violist Nadia Sirota. Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek) will open with a solo set. Tickets are on sale now. That’s a 7:30 PM show, and there’s also a late show that will have curator Jeffrey Zeigler teaming up with Cibo Matto and more.

Other upcoming shows include throat singer Tanya Tagaq on 10/2, a multi-day Terry Riley festival, Chris Thile’s band Punch Brothers on 10/8 , a John Zorn festival, Majical Cloudz on 10/21, and much more. The venue currently has shows booked through December.

See the full calendar here.

New club National Sawdust opening in Williamsburg, Todd P’s Trans-Pecos gets more legit


National Sawdust is slotted to open in October:

In classic boho-chic style, the new 13,000-square-foot space at the corner of N. 6th St and Wythe Ave takes its name from the factory originally located in the same building. Opening in October of 2015, National Sawdust promises “genre-spanning music at accessible ticket prices.”

If you read between the lines, you’ll see that the venue is by and large a cutting-edge classical-music destination—one that, if it delivers everything it’s promising, could do a lot to shift the balance of power away from old-guard Manhattan institutions like Lincoln Center. [Read more…]