If you ever find yourself in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, you must visit a new experimental venue that nurtures contemporary music. It’s called the National Sawdust, a nonprofit performance space and recording facility which used be an old sawdust factory.
The founder is Kevin Dolan, a former senior vice president and general tax counsel at Merrill Lynch & Co. Kevin, also an accomplished organist, is my neighbor in Miami Beach.
A few weeks ago Kevin told me that a few of the artists from The National Sawdust were performing at an Art Basel party at the Wolfsonian Museum sponsored by Vanity Fair magazine. The list included: Glenn Kotche, formerly with the band Wilco; Jeffrey Zeigler, formerly with the Kronos Quartet; Magos Herrera, a Latin jazz artist and Helga Davis, singer who toured last year on the Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach.
We were invited to attend and I got to include a few friends.