Cameron Graves, Eva-Maria Houben, Alex Cline, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

Performance Response: Dave Douglas Metamorphosis

Reading down the list of collaborators Douglas assembled for the New York debut of Metamorphosis at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room on March 3, you knew instantly this would be no risk-averse affair. Alongside Douglas in the front line were trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and saxophonist Oliver Lake, each an iconic bandleader who hailed from one of the formidable regional collectives that fomented stylistic revolutions during the late ’60s.

Musing on the fate of music journalism.

National Sawdust has not only taken a keen interest in monitoring and evaluating the current state of music journalism and criticism from its inception, but also more recently has pursued an active role in fostering its continued health. We talk regularly with journalists, critics, institutions, and other influential figures about the state of our collective affairs – now, we’ll be sharing some of those conversations with the reading public.

Performance Response: Sarah Davachi

Just because an event is inconspicuous, it does not follow that what’s transpiring is inauspicious: a point handily illustrated by the performance that Sarah Davachi, a Canadian composer and electronic musician, presented in her New York debut at Trans-Pecos on February 28. For the fortunate few dozen in attendance, the music lived up to Davachi’s sizable, well-earned reputation.


Rafał Blechacz, Max Richter, Anthony Braxton, Herbie Hancock, Sarah Davachi, Misha Mengelberg, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

Performance Reponse: The Necks 30th Anniversary Series

Struggling to find the right words with which to describe a performance by the Necks, a writer can’t be faulted for veering off-road. The long-running Australian improvising trio, which celebrated its 30th anniversary with a three-concert series at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn February 22-25, consistently lives up to the hoary adage “more than meets the eye” – and, as compared to its impressive string of 18 albums, “more than meets the ear,” too. Live, believe me, the group’s impact encourages gonzo.


CEP, John Adams, Terry Riley, Jim O’Rourke, Áine O’Dwyer, Sarah Davachi, Immolation, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.


The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Michael Pisaro, Grant Evans, Motion Sickness of Time Travel, George Lewis, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

Wadada Leo Smith’s new festival in New Haven.

Wadada Leo Smith, the venerable trumpeter, composer, improviser, and bandleader who recently performed at National Sawdust alongside pianist Vijay Iyer, has just announced a new two-day celebration built around some of his most ambitious and profound works. The inaugural CREATE Festival is scheduled to take place on April 8 and 9, 2017, at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT.

Early Audition: Molly Joyce, Shapeshifter

Our friends at New Amsterdam Records have given us the opportunity to share a number of exclusive album previews in recent months. Today we’ve got something different to offer along with NewAm: our first video premiere, for the Molly Joyce composition Shapeshifter.