Alternate Title 8980 (working title - Book of Travelers)
Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description On the day after the 2016 presidential election, Gabriel Kahane embarked—with no cell phone or other internet-connected device—on a looping, 8,980-mile railway journey through the United States. Over the course of two weeks, he broke bread with dozens of strangers whose stories are woven into Kahane’s new song cycle, 8980: Book of Travelers. Written and performed by Kahane (vocals and keyboards), and conceived in collaboration with director Daniel Fish and designer Jim Findlay (scenic and video design) with lighting by Mark Barton, this solo concert— presented in its world premiere—is a personal yet expansive meditation on the idiosyncrasies and anachronisms of train travel, which simultaneously grapples with the wrenching reality of a divided country.