Over the last decade, Gabriel Kahane has quietly established himself as a songwriter all his own, grafting a deep interest in storytelling to a keen sense of harmony and rhythm. His major-label debut, The Ambassador, a study of Los Angeles seen through the lens of ten street addresses, was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums.”
Gabriel has collaborated with a diverse array of artists, including Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, Blake Mills, and Chris Thile, the frontman of Punch Brothers, for whom Kahane opened fifty concerts in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016. As a composer, he has been commissioned by (among others) the American Composers Orchestra, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, A Far Cry, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 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. Other orchestral highlights have included solo appearances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and The Knights, with whom Gabriel recorded his orchestral song cycle Crane Palimpsest following a performance at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall in 2016.
(2018) Nonesuch Records released Book of Travelers, an album and stage piece written in response to an 8,980-mile railway journey that Gabriel embarked upon beginning the morning after the 2016 presidential election. Other recordings include The Fiction Issue, a disc of Kahane’s chamber music featuring string quartet Brooklyn Rider and vocalist Shara Nova; Dream Job, a duo recital disc with pianist-composer Timo Andres; and Where are the Arms, Kahane’s sophomore LP as a songwriter.
An avid theater artist, Kahane has appeared twice at the bam Next Wave Festival, in 2014 with the critically-lauded staged version of The Ambassador, directed by Tony-winner John Tiffany; and returning in 2017 with 8980: Book of Travelers, directed by Daniel Fish. He is also the composer-lyricist of the musical February House, which premiered in 2012 at the Public Theater.
A graduate of Brown University and two-time MacDowell Colony fellow, Gabriel lives in Brooklyn, NY.