Staged Version of Gabriel Kahane's THE AMBASSADOR Travels the U.S.; Album Out Now
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September 21, 2015
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.
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 of My Brightest Diamond.
Photo Credit: Axel Dupeux for The Wall Street Journal