Beth Morrison Projects 2024 Review: Jodie Landau’s ‘Performance of Self’

Photo credit: Maria Baranova The world premiere of Grammy Award-nominated vocalist, composer, and percussionist, Jodie Landau’s “Performance of Self” on March 15, 2024 at National Sawdust draws attention to improvisation’s empathic heartbeat that is still very much alive. Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects (BMP), Landau’s solo debut show upholds BMP’s midas touch. It showcases Landau as the artist he is {…}

National Sawdust Names 7 New Board Members

The National Sawdust has announced seven new board members. The new board members include finance, technology, and advertising professional Kathie Choi; lawyer, corporate executive, and writer Chinwe Esimai; attorney Peter Faber; communications professional Alexandra Fenwick-Moore; performing arts producer Charles Letourneau; machine learning research engineer Xiao Ma; and philanthropy professional and community activist Teresa Toro. “In our first 10 years, we {…}

National Sawdust & The Met Opera Present ‘Opera Evolved: Genre Fluidity’

(Photo: Jill Steinberg) National Sawdust and The Met Opera presented “Opera Evolved: Genre Fluidity” on Thursday, February 22nd, 2024. This was the second installment of this three-part series that, according to the program, celebrates artistic convergence by investigating the intersection of innovation and tradition at National Sawdust. The evening included composer and co-founder of National Sawdust, Paola Prestini, and theater {…}

Sparks & Wiry Cries and National Sawdust Present Eighth Annual ‘songSLAM’

Co-Founders and Directors Martha Guth and Erika Switzer, together with National Sawdust present the eighth annual “songSLAM.” The “songSLAM” is fashioned after traditional poetry slams and storytelling events like “The Moth.” Teams present world premieres of art song and compete for audience-awarded cash prizes totaling up to $2,000 and a performance of the 2023 songSLAM Commission Prize Winner. This year’s {…}

National Sawdust and the Metropolitan Opera’s New Series ‘Opera Evolved’

Photo credit: Zenith Richards, Paola Kudacki, Met Opera “Opera Evolved” is National Sawdust and the Metropolitan Opera’s new programming partnership. Throughout the 2023-24 season, National Sawdust will showcase conversations with composers and artists that focus on the contemporary operas featured at the Met this season. They will highlight and explore the ways opera is evolving today and discuss the inner-workings {…}

Center for Contemporary Opera to Workshop-Premiere Niloufar Nourbakhsh’s ‘We, The Innumerable’

The Center for Contemporary Opera will present the workshop-premiere in concert for Niloufar Nourbakhsh’s “We, The Innumerable.” The work, which features a libretto by Lisa Flanagan, will be presented on Oct. 21, 2022 at the National Sawdust. The work is set during Iran’s Green Movement and features one woman’s fight for freedom in the face of state-sanctioned violence. “The October {…}