Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike.
Last season the group celebrated its tenth anniversary with the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project The Brooklyn Rider Almanac, for which it recorded and toured 15 specially commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse. The players continue to perform these works in concert this season and will pair them with standard classics of the repertoire, including Schubert’s String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, “Rosamunde.”
The group will also continue to explore collaborations, including with singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, whose new album will be released in February. The recording features Kahane’s The Fiction Issue, a work first performed in 2012 that was commissioned for Brooklyn Rider by Carnegie Hall. The players will tour with Kahane in February 2016, as well as undertaking their own seven-city tour of Sweden, Denmark and Germany the following month. Closer to home, the group will be Ensemble-in- Residence at National Sawdust, a new performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with the residency entailing four performances across the season.
Other recent recording projects include 2013’s A Walking Fire on Mercury Classics and The Impostor with Béla Fleck on Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics, plus 2011’s much-praised Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass on the composer’s Orange Mountain Music label. Violinist Johnny Gandelsman launched In A Circle Records in 2008 with the release of Brooklyn Rider’s eclectic debut recording, Passport, followed by Dominant Curve in 2010, and Seven Steps in 2012. A long-standing relationship between Brooklyn Rider and Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor resulted in the much-praised 2008 recording, Silent City.