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The day after Donald Trump was elected, the songwriter Gabriel Kahane decided to go on a listening tour: crisscrossing America by train and talking to as many people as he could. Leaving his cellphone and the internet behind, he spent two weeks and nearly 9,000 miles on Amtrak, collecting conversations and stories for what would become "8980: Book of Travelers," a song cycle and solo concert - Mr. Kahane accompanying himself on piano - that had its premiere on Thursday night at the BAM Harvey Theater, where it continues through Saturday. A video backdrop, designed by Jim Findlay, showed landscapes, urban and rural, seen from trains in motion.

Mr. Kahane has built a career where classical music, musical theater and art-song pop meet, alongside occasional collaborators like Sufjan Stevens, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Andrew Bird. He's fond of narratives rooted in geography; his 2014 album (and a Brooklyn Academy of Music theatrical production), "The Ambassador," based songs on Los Angeles locations, and he toured in 2013 with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performing "Gabriel's Guide to the 48 States," based on WPA guidebooks.

 

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