Gabriel Kahane: The Ambassador
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 8PM
Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 8PM
Freud Playhouse

"Gabriel Kahane's lilting, lyrical, loving art songs... deserve a spot on a bookshelf dedicated to LA." - LA Observed 

In singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane’s landmark collaboration with Tony-winning director John Tiffany, time—both real and imagined— is suspended, as we are drawn into a dreamlike experience of Los Angeles that spans Hollywood’s Golden Age to a post-flood apocalypse.

Anchored by Christine Jones’ stunning design, rich with the cultural detritus of a century, Kahane unearths a city at once dark and glittering, as he mines everything from Die Hard and detective fiction to race riots and modernist architecture. The songs are all linked to LA street addresses—one address for each song— out of which emerge a kaleidoscopic array of characters: James M. Cain’s noir heroine Mildred Pierce; a lovesick arsonist; and the aging doorman of the storied Ambassador Hotel, among others. 

“…a sustained conjuring act, in which different places in Los Angeles are summoned into being through lyrical words…and music that combines orchestral lushness with nervy dissonance.”— The New York Times

“a whirlwind of language and music from the haunted spaces of Los Angeles.”— The New Yorker

“Kahane’s impressive work focuses on buildings, architectural styles, characters both real and fictional, and an unexpectedly sophisticated, artful perspective.”— Rolling Stone

Supported by a superlative seven-piece band, Gabriel invites theatergoers and music-lovers alike to take a second look at a city as aching and wondrous as it is misunderstood.

Director John Tiffany
Set Design Christine Jones
Lighting Design Jane Cox
Sound Design Bart Fasbender
Video Design Josh Higgason

Casey Foubert Bass / Guitar
Rob Moose
Guitar / Violin
Alex Sopp
Keyboards / Vocals
Ted Poor
Laura Lutzke
Nathan Schram
Andrea Lee   
Gabriel Kahane
Piano / Keyboards / Guitars / Vocals

Check out the full album below and follow along with The Ambassador Atlas while you listen.
You can also purchase the album on iTunes or Amazon.

Supported in part by the Kevin Jeske Young Artist Fund, Henry Mancini Tribute Fund and National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by an Anonymous donor.

Commissioned by BAM for the 2014 Next Wave Festival, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and the Laguna Beach Music Festival. 

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