Gabriel Kahane & Rob Moose

The Ambassador and More

Thu, July 30, 2015, 7:00pm


Fresh off of a triumphant run at BAM’s Harvey Theater in the New York premiere of his acclaimed staged song cycle The Ambassador, Gabriel Kahane, with his longtime collaborator Rob Moose, offers an evening of tender and intimate song. With one foot in the tradition of chamber music, and the other firmly planted in forward-looking folk tinged with a daring harmonic sensibility and mordant lyricism, the two will offer up a dozen of Kahane’s songs interspersed with works by Franz Schubert, Benjamin Britten, Jerome Kern, and John Adams in a performance that may be a blueprint for the 21st century recital.

Gabriel Kahane, piano, guitars, banjo, and vocals
Rob Moose, violin and guitars

The Ambassador is a handsomely crafted album that makes an even better show.”
— New York Magazine

“What mattered most… was the sense that a solitary voice had fostered an original world.” — The New Yorker

Gabriel Kahane performing Ambassador Hotel Live on Soundcheck


Gabriel Kahane – Bradbury (304 Broadway)

Kahane-610x390Gabriel Kahane

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. Bruce Willis’ hair, detective fiction, modernist architecture, and race riots all provide fodder for this collection of songs that is as sonically varied as it is thematically focused. Gabriel was born in Venice Beach but spent his childhood on the East Coast and in Northern California. With the release of The Ambassador— produced by Kahane along with Matt Johnson (St. Vincent), Casey Foubert (Sufjan Stevens), and Rob Moose (Bon Iver)— Gabriel turns his gaze toward his birthplace.

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 will be seen again this season 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 Gabriel 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.


rob_singlephotoRob Moose

In the last decade, Rob Moose has emerged as one of the most sought after instrumentalists, arrangers and producers of his generation.  As violinist and guitarist, Moose has toured with Antony & the Johnsons, Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, Beth Orton and Glen Hansard.  In 2011, he joined Bon Iver, writing arrangements and recording strings for the group’s sophomore album. Highlights of that experience include four sold-out concerts at Radio City Music Hall, an appearance on Saturday Night Live, a Gold record, and two Grammy wins for “Best New Artist” and “Best Alternative Album.”

As violinist and violist, Moose is an active recording artist, having played on over 200 albums by artists ranging from Vampire Weekend to John Legend to Joshua Bell, as well as appearances on Grammy Award-winning albums by Arcade Fire and Loudon Wainwright III.  Equally in demand as an arranger, his work has been performed or recorded by Alabama Shakes, The National, tUnE-yArDs, Interpol, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, Trey Anastasio, and Punch Brothers.  Moose has also contributed to three Red Hot benefit albums, most recently interpreting Bach piano works as a duo with Chris Thile.

In collaboration with Sufjan Stevens, Moose made his debut as conductor and orchestrator at the Kennedy Center Opera House in 2007.  He has continued in this capacity with Antony & the Johnsons on the album, Cut the World, and in venues including Disney Hall and The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.  Increasingly active as a producer, he recently completed two new projects: composer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane‘s album, The Ambassador, for Sony Masterworks and string trio, Time For Three’s self-titled debut for Universal Classics.