The day after the 2016 presidential election, singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane boarded a train at Penn Station and traveled around the continental U.S., talking to strangers in an attempt to better understand his country and fellow citizens. The resulting album, Book of Travelers (Nonesuch Records), has been hailed by Rolling Stone as “a stunning portrait of a singular moment in America.”
He has been commissioned by, among others, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. For the Oregon Symphony, he wrote emergency shelter intake form, a nearly hour-long oratorio confronting the resurgence of deep poverty in America.
An avid theater artist, Kahane starred at BAM in the staged version of his Los Angelescentric album, The Ambassador, in a production directed by John Tiffany.
Gabriel is also the composerlyricist of the musical February House, which premiered in 2012 at the Public Theater and was recorded by the StorySound label.
A graduate of Brown University, Gabriel lives in Brooklyn, NY.