National Sawdust

Producing innovative and transformative music and artistic collaborations

The National Sawdust mission is rooted in cultivating an ecosystem of mentorship, incubation, and dissemination rooted in open and inclusive music and artistic curiosity—driven by the belief that artistic expression empowers us all to create a more just and joyful world.

National Sawdust presents Allison Loggins-Hull’s Diametrically Composed, a collection of newly commissioned works featuring flue, voice and piano exploring the duality of being a mother and an artist.

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Diametrically Composed is a collection of newly commissioned works featuring flute, voice and piano exploring the duality of being a mother and an artist.

Immediately after childbirth, it becomes clear that motherhood is multifaceted and life-changing. This new reality brings the joy of experiencing a newly created being and a powerful impact on creativity. Being an artist-mother is fulfilling, rewarding, and unpredictable – full of love, beauty, and constant learning. Caring for and cultivating the development of someone else’s life is a privilege and artistically inspiring. While our children inform our art, our art informs our children and the steady current of energy generated from the two creates a distinct and flourished experience.

While Diametrically Composed revels in the exuberance of being a mother and an artist, the work also confronts the notion that motherhood and professional life can be limiting factors in their interaction, in ways that fatherhood and professional life are not necessarily. The work aims to artistically probe and unpack this double standard.

The artists of Diametrically Composed are mothers and renown in their field. Conceived and produced by flutist/composer Allison Loggins-Hull, the collaborative artists are composers Paola Prestini, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Jessica Meyer, multi-dimensional mezzo-soprano and composer Alicia Hall Moran, and pianist Gabriela Martinez. Their contributions reflect personal experiences, exploring diverse themes related to being a mother and an artist. Diametrically Composed reaches beyond the typical recital format, providing an immersive performance experience incorporating recited text, narratives and points-of-view of mothers from varied artistic professions.


New this year: thanks to generous support from Bank of America, Picnic Performances will be livestreamed and available to watch at no cost. We invite you to grab a blanket, get comfortable, and enjoy the show, no matter where you are!

Watch on Bryant Park’s Website, as well as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channels: @bryantparknyc

In-Park Attendance

Entry to Picnic Performances is open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis for all audience members. Advance ticket registration is no longer required. Please arrive no earlier than 5:30pm when doors open. There will be two seating areas:

1. Vaccinated and Tested: Attendees must present either digital or physical proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or an immediately recent negative COVID-19 test, along with government issued photo ID. In this area, attendees can bring a blanket or use a Bryant Park chair. Upon entry, attendees may distance and wear masks at their own discretion.

2. Distanced: In this area, audience may sit in pre-set, distanced chairs. Chairs may be moved only at staff discretion. Attendees may not enter the vaccinated and tested area.