National Sawdust Launches Live@NationalSawdust

By Francisco Salazar

The National Sawdust is set to launch Live@NationalSawdust, a free digital platform.

The new platform by the non-profit arts institution based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will release weekly videos of concerts from the past five seasons starting with performances from 2015. It will also showcase professional development programming, and will include fundraising efforts for the institution and the artists involved.

Audiences will get a chance to see performances by such major artists as Philip Glass, Foday Musa Suso, Tanya Tagaq, Chris Thile, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, Jeffrey Zeigler, Eve Gigliotti, Paola Prestini, Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche, and Theo Bleckmann, among others.

Additionally the new platform will offer content from its National Sawdust’s artist mentorship programs which include forums by Renée Fleming and Meredith Monk. Workshops will also continue digitally with The Blueprint Fellowship commissioning program in partnership with The Juilliard School.The Hildegard Competition will also continue its mentorship digitally with the three winners sharing their commissioned work with mentors such as Angélica Negrón and conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya.

We are committed to reopening in the fall, and we firmly believe that these challenges will only strengthen the resolve and resiliency of our artistic community, and New Yorkers at large,” Composer/Co-founder & Artistic Director Paola Prestini said in a statement. “More than ever, our city will need a home for discovery, one that welcomes and celebrates new music in all its forms and vibrancy. We look forward to greeting this next chapter, and to working together to build a more inclusive and compassionate future.”

In addition to launching the platform, the National Sawdust plans to work with NYC Department of Education to offer content to teachers and school children at this time of remote learning.