Caroline Shaw: Schisma (2018)
Gonzalo Grau: Aroma a Distancia (2018)
Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor “From My Life”
Osvaldo Golijov: Yiddishbbuk (1992)
Colin Jacobsen: 3 Miniatures (2011)
Intense times wit Yo-Yo Ma´s Silk Road Ensemble and The Knights link Avi Avital to the unique string quartet Brooklyn Rider. In spring of 2021, they reunite with new works and arrangements for mandolin and string quartet at hand.
An evening celebrating fearless musical innovators through the shared interpretive lens of virtuoso mandolinist Avi Avital and the omnivorous string quartet Brooklyn Rider.
New commissions, arrangements, and interpretations of music by JS Bach, Luigi Boccherini, Colin Jacobsen, Matana Roberts, Philip Glass, Giovanni Sollima, John Zorn and Osvaldo Golijov.
“Widely regarded for their gripping performance style and virtuosic stylistic fluency, Brooklyn Rider (One of the most interesting and innovative string quartets in Classical music – Pioneer Press) takes audiences on a lively summertime tour across multiple continents and global traditions. Weaving together selections from the traditional string quartet canon alongside their signature body of arrangements and recent commissions, this innovative program features some of the most exciting musical voices of today, including Kinan Azmeh, Reena Esmail, Philip Glass, Gonzalo Grau, Ljova, Giovanni Sollima, the quartet’s own Colin Jacobsen, plus more.”
Colin Jacobsen: Mirror for a Prince (10 min)
Kinan Azmeh: New piece for string quartet (7 min)
Kinan Azmeh: In the Element (26 min)
Kinan Azmeh: The Fence, The Rooftop and The Distant Sea (20 min)
Colin Jacobsen: Starlighter (11 min)
Ljova: Everywhere is Falling Everywhere (13 min)
The healing properties of music have been recognized from ancient Greek civilization to the field of modern neuroscience and expressed in countless global traditions. The slow movement of Beethoven’s Opus 132, a “Song of Holy Thanksgiving From a Convalescent to the Deity in the Lydian mode”, is among the most profound expressions of healing in the string quartet repertoire. This autumnal masterwork is presented in its entirety alongside five compact new commissions which explore the subject of healing from a wide range of historical and cultural perspectives. Composers include Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts and recent Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Du Yun.
Celebrating musical relationships spanning over a decade the omnivorous string quartet Brooklyn Rider and Syrian clarinet virtuoso Kinan Azmeh join forces for the first time in a unique collaborative program that expands the notion of the clarinet quintet into a 21st century ensemble. Drawing from the deep well of creative talents within the group (including works by Kinan Azmeh and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen) as well as their artistic circle, the diverse repertoire will explore various aspects of home and tradition from Syria, Brooklyn, and beyond.