Fully Staged The Ambassador Adaptation Starring Kahane
“Ambassador Hotel” + “Griffith Park” Performed
Featured Guest On Beck’s Song Reader Album
Writes New Yorker Essay About Los Angeles
Critically Acclaimed New Album The Ambassador
“One of the year’s very best albums…” – Rolling Stone
“Mr. Kahane is a singer of gentle warmth and composure, and a composer with a seemingly endless reserve of strategies, constructing some tracks like chamber pieces and others like indie-pop singles.” – The New York Times
“Like most of his music, it’s simmered in vigorous wistfulness and cerebral irony.”
“With its shades of Sufjan Stevens and Simon and Garfunkel, it’s singer-songwriter meets pop, but with the tools of a classical composer.” – The Wall Street Journal
“ …as rewarding as it is challenging.” – Boston Globe
” …needs to be heard.” – NPR
“The artful pop savant and boundary-flouting composer, celebrating a new album here, blends approachability with striking sophistication.” – Time Out New York
“On this tribute, the keys build in a flitting, complex crescendo, marked by dissonant overlaps, making it as intricate as the architecture of the building for which it’s named.“ – SPIN
“The album is a marvel of musical engineering and a swirl of cultural references, but the real achievement is that it is an engaging, exciting, and approachable rock record…” – Mother Jones
Gabriel Kahane’s critically acclaimed new album The Ambassador draws its inspiration from a multitude of sources to tell intimate, human stories against the backdrop of Los Angeles architecture and popular culture. Released on June 3 via Sony Music Masterworks, The Ambassador is a collection of ten songs for ten buildings in Los Angeles. A fully staged version of The Ambassador starring Kahane, directed by Tony-winner John Tiffany (Once, Black Watch) will be presented this season at BAM, UCLA, and Carolina Performing Arts.
In keeping with The Ambassador’s all-encompassing City of Angels theme, Gabriel visited Griffith Park with Yahoo Music to perform the landmark titled song “Griffith Park (2800 E. Observatory Ave.)” and “Ambassador Hotel (3400 Wilshire Blvd.)” Both videos are available at Yahoo Music HERE and we encourage you to post & share.
Having collaborated with Rufus Wainwright and Sufjan Stevens in the past, Gabriel is also a featured guest alongside Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Laura Marling, Fun., and more on iconic musician Beck’s newly announced Song Reader album. He shares, “As a longtime Beck fan (since I was twelve), I’m honored to be involved in this project.”
The Ambassador was co-produced by Kahane and long-time collaborators Casey Foubert(Sufjan Stevens), Matt Johnson (St. Vincent), and Rob Moose (Bon Iver). It also features guest vocal appearances by Aoife O’Donovan, Holcombe Waller and Shara Worden ofMy Brightest Diamond.
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