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Gabriel Kahane set for 'Pivot Festival' / San Francisco Classical Voice Q&A

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The results of the 2016 presidential election sent a shockwave through America. On the day after the election, singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane boarded an Amtrak train at Penn Station and embarked on a 13-day, 8,980-mile journey through America, seeking elucidation. Kahane hoped that by leaving the comfort and security of his East Coast, Brooklyn home, and traveling into the "heartland," he would encounter a cross-section of America that he did not normally interact with, and perhaps gain some perspective.

This purposeful odyssey resulted in a collection of compositions that can be found on his recently released album, Book of Travelers. He is currently on tour to support the recording, with a stop scheduled on Jan. 26 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, as part of San Francisco Performances' fourth annual, four-day Pivot Festival, which also includes appearances by pianist Ran Dank, vocalist Paula West, and bass-baritone Dashon Burton.    PHOTO Credit: Josh Coleman

San Francisco Classical Voice chatted with Kahane recently about this tour. READ THE Q&A