Gabriel Kahane makes his New Mexico debut with two performances

Singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane created his current album, “Magnificent Bird,” while staying off social media. (Courtesy of Jason Quigley)

Sometimes you have to step away to gain clarity.

That’s exactly what Gabriel Kahane did when creating his current album, “Magnificent Bird.”

Kahane made the decision in 2019 to walk away from self-imposed isolation, as well as a full year without the internet.

In October 2020, during the last month of his digital hiatus, he set about writing a song every day.

“I wanted to create an auditory brain scan at the end of this experiment,” he says. “And giving myself permission to write about small things, rather than trying to distill the enormity of the moment into big statements.”

Kahane will perform at Tumbleroot Brewery & Distillery in Santa Fe at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 16. He will also perform at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 18 at 912 Third NW in Albuquerque.

Kahane wrote 30 songs in October, missing just one day.

From this body of work, he chose 10 for the album.

Cover of the album “Magnificent bird”

“I was trying to do something that was both introspective and personal,” he says. “While reflecting on the seismic changes in the world.”

Kahane kept abreast of world events through newspapers and radio.

On the song “The Hazelnut Tree”, he references the pages of newspaper that fill his mind.

“We were walking during the first presidential debate and it wasn’t a show, I wanted to be in it,” he says. “There was something about that moment and I felt like it was a TV show. It made me realize where we are as a society.

Kahane says his social experience turned heads when he let them know what was going on.

“Whether you work in journalism, the performing arts or own a small business, there is a feeling that the internet is making our society worse and we have no choice,” he says. “I wanted to push that back and see if that feeling of fatalism is right. This belief that social media is a necessary evil and is about growth. And growth is the primary way we measure our sense of achievement in the world. »

Kahane says that by participating in the process, each person makes the algorithm much more powerful.

“I have friends who are more famous than me and I have my fans. I have a niche fan base,” he says. social media platforms. Why do you need it so much and what drives you to develop your career? What is the thing that feeds artists? I walked away to reassess why I do what I do and found clarity.

Kahane hopes to make the two sets different as he makes his New Mexico debut with the shows.

“It’s my first time performing there and I’m introducing myself to a new audience,” he says. “It’s always exciting to assess a new market. I will be playing in two very different spaces.

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