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Brooklyn Rider: The Four Elements

Mar 17, 2023

8:15 PM GMT+1
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"The Four Elements" The idea of four core elements - Earth, Air, Fire, Water - as the physical world's foundation was a shared belief across numerous ancient cultures, including those in Greece, Egypt, Persia, Babylonia, India, and beyond. In myriad combinations, these four elements were thought to be capable of both infinite creation and powerful destruction. In parallel, the unique musical ecosystem of the string quartet is a delicate balance of four discrete human elements, collectively capable of voicing the profound beauties of our world as well as its potential for violent change. In their latest project, Brooklyn Rider convenes a musical discussion trained on the future of our planet. In part a celebration of Earth's wondrous mysteries, this project is more importantly designed to raise attention to the powerful forces of climate change which, taken together, represent the single greatest challenge of our time. Brooklyn Rider's intrepid program concept, The Four Elements, gathers music either broadly representative of or directly inspired by the classical elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Four works are drawn from the last one hundred years, a century marked by unprecedented planetary change, while four are newly commissioned scores penned by composers with unique global perspectives that more urgently reflect current realities and serve as a musical call to action.
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Brooklyn Rider Biography

Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Nicholas Cords, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello

“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.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), the Grammy-nominated 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.”

The 2019-20 season saw a veritable explosion of new projects and releases. Shared at the height of the coronavirus global pandemic, Healing Modes (In A Circle Records) presents Beethoven’s towering Opus 132 - the composer’s seminal meditation on healing and the restorative power of new creation - interwoven with five new commissions poignantly exploring healing through topics as wide-ranging as the US-Mexico border conflict, the Syrian refugee crisis, mental health, and physical well-being. Composers include Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts, along with recent Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Du Yun. Earlier in the season saw the release of collaborative albums with the master Irish fiddler Martin Hayes (In A Circle Records) - an album which the Irish Times described as “a masterclass in risk-taking” - and Sun On Sand (Nonesuch Records), featuring the music of Patrick Zimmerli with saxophone giant Joshua Redman and fellow collaborators Scott Colley bass and Satoshi Takeishi, percussion. Also released last fall was Annunciation (Orange Mountain Music), the third installment in Brooklyn Rider’s ongoing survey of the music of Philip Glass, featuring recent compositions for quartet and piano quintet with pianist Paul Barnes.

In fall 2018, Brooklyn Rider released Dreamers on Sony Music Masterworks with Mexican jazz vocalist Magos Herrera. Celebrating the power of beauty as a political act, Dreamers amplifies the visionary artistry of Violeta Parra, Federico Garcia Lorca, Gilberto Gil, Joao Gilberto, Octavio Paz, and others, all who dared to dream under repressive regimes. Featuring gems from the Ibero-American songbook in evocative arrangements by Jaques Morelenbaum, Diego Schissi, Gonzalo Grau, Guillermo Klein, and Colin Jacobsen, Dreamers topped numerous charts and garnered a Grammy nomination for best arrangement (Gonzalo Grau’s “Niña”). Touring widely to support the album, they appeared at venues ranging from New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center to Mexico City’s Deco masterpiece, the Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To kick off the 2017-18 season, Brooklyn Rider released Spontaneous Symbols on Johnny Gandelsman’s In a Circle Records label. 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. This season the quartet reunites with Whelan and Brooks for a second North American tour. They also teamed up with banjoist Béla Fleck — with whom they appeared on two different albums, 2017’s Juno Concerto and 2013’s The Impostor — for concerts in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, and Montana. Other recent highlights include partnering with two instrumentalists who are at the forefront of their respective genres, jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman and Irish fiddle master Martin Hayes. The tours with Redman and Hayes were the product of multi-season collaborations that will continue and include new recordings with both artists. Balancing these collaborations was a full schedule of quartet performances across the U.S., as well as in the U.K., Sweden, and Germany.

During the 2016-17 season, 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 continued with the release of Glass’s most recent quartets on the composer’s Orange Mountain Music label in December 2017.

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.
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