Brooklyn Rider

String Quartet

Johnny Gandelsman
Violin
Colin Jacobsen
Violin
Nicholas Cords
Viola
Michael Nicolas
Cello
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"They are four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place."
Hailed as "the future of chamber music" (Strings), the String Quartet Brooklyn Rider presents eclectic repertoire and gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with "recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble."

Last season Brooklyn Rider presented the project "Healing Modes", which takes a holistic view of Beethoven's Op. 132 combined with five commissioned works by Reena Esmail Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts and the two Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Du Yun. They explore the theme of healing from a variety of historical and cultural perspectives - a topic that could not have been more relevant within the events of 2020. In March 2020 the New Yorker praised the concept of the recording as convincing and the playing of the four as persuasive.

In 2019 two albums - featuring instrumentalists who are at the forefront of their respective genre: jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman ("Sun On Sand") and Irish fiddle master Martin Hayes ("The Butterfly") - were released.
„The Butterfly […] finds itself woven into a stringed experiment of almost Schoenberg proportions, replete with muted dissonance and foreboding that one would never have dreamed could characterise this most delicate and sociable of tunes. And yet it works: boldly, gloriously even.”The Irish Times, August 2019
In fall 2018, Brooklyn Rider released "Dreamers" on Sony Music Masterworks with celebrated Mexican jazz vocalist Magos Herrera. The recording includes gems of the Ibero-American songbook as well as pieces written to texts by Octavio Paz, Rubén Darío, and Federico García Lorca — all reimagined by arrangers including Jaques Morelenbaum, Gonzalo Grau, Diego Schissi, Guillermo Klein and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen.

In 2017/ 2018, Brooklyn Rider released "Spontaneous Symbols". The album featured new quartet music by Tyondai Braxton, Evan Ziporyn, Paula Matthusen, Kyle Sanna, and Brooklyn Rider violinist Colin Jacobsen. Works from that recording were also featured in live performance for "Some of a Thousand Words", the ensemble’s recent collaboration with choreographer Brian Brooks and former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Wendy Whelan. An intimate series of duets and solos in which the quartet’s live onstage music is a dynamic and central creative component, "Some of a Thousand Words" was featured at the 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, before two U.S. tours, including a week-long run at New York City’s Joyce Theater.

In 2016 Brooklyn Rider released an album entitled "so many things" on Naïve Records with Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, comprising music by Colin Jacobsen, Caroline Shaw, John Adams, Nico Muhly, Björk, Sting, Kate Bush and Elvis Costello, among others. The group toured material from the album and more with von Otter in the U.S. and Europe, including stops at Carnegie Hall and the Opernhaus Zürich.

Additionally, Brooklyn Rider performed Philip Glass’s String Quartet #7, furthering a relationship with the iconic American composer which began with 2011’s much-praised "Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass" and will continue with the upcoming album release of Glass’s recent quartets on the composer’s Orange Mountain Music label.

In 2015, the group celebrated its tenth anniversary with the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project "Brooklyn Rider Almanac", for which it recorded and toured 15 specially commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse. Other recording projects include the quartet’s eclectic debut recording in 2008, "Passport", followed by "Dominant Curve" in 2010, "Seven Steps" in 2012, and "A Walking Fire" in 2013. In 2016, they released "The Fiction Issue" with singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, with the title track a Kahane composition that was premiered in 2012 at Carnegie Hall by Kahane, Brooklyn Rider and Shara Worden. A long-standing relationship between Brooklyn Rider and Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor resulted in the much-praised 2008 recording, Silent City.

During the season 2020/ 2021 the quartet will return to Europe for concerts (among others) at the Royal Library in Copenhagen, Doelen Rotterdam, Wigmore Hall London as well as at the Heidelberger Frühling.

2020 / 2021
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Contacts: Linda Uschinski (Head), Matthias Hermann

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Programme

2021 / 2022
Brooklyn Rider & Anne Sofie von Otter

Rufus Wainwright: Trois Valses Anglaises (First performance)

 

Franz Schubert:

Der Tod und das Mädchen D 531

from the String Quartet “Death and the Maiden”: 1st movement

from Winterreise D 911: Der Wegweiser

from the String Quartet “Death and the Maiden”: 2nd movement

from Winterreise D 911: Die Nebensonnen

from the String Quartet “Death and the Maiden”: 3rd movement

from Winterreise D 911: Einsamkeit

from the String Quartet “Death and the Maiden”: 4th movement

 

Rufus Wainwright: 3 Songs for Lulu

2020 / 2021
Summer 2021 I
Pure Quartet Programme

“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.”

Summer 2021 II
Brooklyn Rider & Kinan Azmeh

Colin Jacobsen: Mirror for a Prince
Kinan Azmeh: New piece for string quartet
Kinan Azmeh: In the Element
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Kinan Azmeh: The Fence, The Rooftop and The Distant Sea
Colin Jacobsen: Starlighter
Ljova: Everywhere is Falling Everywhere

Programme I

Caroline Shaw: Schisma (2018)
Gonzalo Grau: Aroma a Distancia (2018)
Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor “From My Life”
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Osvaldo Golijov: Yiddishbbuk (1992)
Colin Jacobsen: 3 Miniatures (2011)

Programme II
with Avi Avital (Mandolin)

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.

 

Boccherini: La Musica Notturna Ritratta di Madrid
Colin Jacobsen: new piece for mandolin and string quartet
Giovanni Sollima: Prelude for solo mandolin
Matana Roberts: borderlands…
JS Bach: selection(s) (tba)
Gonzalo Grau: new piece for mandolin and string quartet 
Osvaldo Golijov: ‘Oración Lecumí’ from La Pasión ségun San Marcos
John Zorn: selection from ‘The Book of Angels’ (tba)

Discography

The Butterfly

Maghera Mountain
O'Neill's March
Jenny's Welcome Home to Charlie
The Butterfly
Bob and Bernie
Ship in Full Sail
Drunken Sailor
Mulqueen's
Port Na bPúcaí
An Rogaire Dubh
P.Joe's Reel
Hole in the Hedge

Dreamers

Niña
Balderrama
Dreams
De Manhã
Volver a los 17
Milonga Gris
La Aurora de Nueva York
Eu Vim Da Bahía
Coração Vagabundo
Tú y Yo
La Llorona
Luz de Luna
Undiú

Magos Herrera - Voice

Philip Glass: String Quartets Nos. 6 and 7
Philip Glass
Saxophone Quartet (1995) - Arranged By Brooklyn Rider
String Quartet No. 6 (2013)
String Quartet No. 7 (2014)

So Many Things

Kate Bush: Pi
John Adams: Am I In Your Light?
Caroline Shaw: Cant Voi l'Aube
Colin Jacobsen: For Sixty Cents
Björk: Cover Me
Nicol Muhly: So Many Things
Anders Hillborg: Kväll
Björk: Hunter
Brad Mehldau: Love Sublime
Elvis Costello: Speak Darkly, My Angel
Gordon Sumner, Robert Mathes: Practical Arrangement
Rufus Wainwright: Les Feux d'Artifice t'Appellent

Anne Sofie von Otter - Mezzo-soprano

The Fiction Issue

Gabriel Kahane, Matthew Zapruder:
The Fiction Issue
Bradbury Studies
Come On All You Ghosts

Magdeburg Music, 2016

The Brooklyn Rider Almanac

Necessary Henry
Maintenance Music
Simpson's Gap
The Haring Escape
Show Me
Dig The Say
Quartet, Parts One & Two
Morris Dance
Exit
Five-Legged Cat
Tralala
Ping Pong Fumble Thaw
John Steinbeck

A Walking Fire
Ljova
Culai
The Game
The Muse
The Song (For Romica Puceanu)
Love Potion, Expired

Béla Bartók
String Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67
Moderato
Allegro Molto Capriccioso
Lento

Colin Jacobsen
Three Miniatures For String Quartet
Majnum's Moonshine
The Flowers Of Esfahan
A Walking Fire

Seven Steps
Brooklyn Rider
Seven Steps
Together Into This Unknowable Night

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 14 In C-sharp minor, Op. 131
I. Adagio Ma Non Troppo E Molto Espressivo
II. Allegro Molto Vivace
III. Allegro Moderato
IV. Andante Ma Non Troppo E Molto Cantabile - Andante Moderato E Lusinghiero - Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio Ma Non Troppo E Semplice
V. Presto
VI. Adagio Quasi Un Poco Andante
VII. Allegro

Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass
Philip Glass
Suite from "Bent" for String Quartet
String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima)
(1957: Award Montage; November 25 - Ichigaya; Grandmother And Kimitake; 1962: Body Building; Blood Oath; Mishima / Closing)
String Quartet No. 1
String Quartet No. 4 (Buczak)
String Quartet No. 2 (Company)
String Quartet No. 5

Dominant Curve
Colin Jacobsen
Achille's Heel (2009)
Lydia's Reflection
Second Bounce
Loveland
Shur Landing

Shakuhachi – Kojiro Umezaki
(Cycles) What Falls Must Rise (2009)

Claude Debussy
String Quartet In G minor, Op. 10
I. Animé Et Très Décidé
II. Assez Vif Bien Rytmé
III. Andantino Doucement Expressif
IV. Très Modéré - Très Mouvementé Et Avec Passion

Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky
....Al Niente (2009)

John Cage
In A Landscape (1948)

Silent City

Ascending Bird
Silent City
Parvaz
Beloved, Do Not Let Me Be Discouraged

Passport

Vagharshabadi Dance
Harvest Song
It's Cloudy
Festive Song
The Partridge
Brooklesca
La Muerte Chiquita
Plume
Crosstown

Videos

Brooklyn Rider - Philip Glass Quartet Satz
Brooklyn Rider - Live at Fraser

Contact

Linda Uschinski (Head)
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 717
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713
Matthias Hermann
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 716
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713