The adventurous, genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider makes its Denver premiere in a performance of new works that are all part of its inventive and entertaining Almanac project. Taking a cue from the Blue Rider artist collective (Der Blauenriter) of the pre-WWI era, the quartet invited an exciting group of composers—including Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan, Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, and a host of jazz luminaries including guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist Vijay Iyer, and Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus—to create new music. Each composer chose a personal creative muse as inspiration, ranging from Igor Stravinsky to Keith Haring, Chick Corea to John Steinbeck, David Byrne to James Brown, choreographer Mark Morris to Aboriginal Australian painter Albert Namatjira.
Allan Kozinn, music critic with The New York Times for many years, has said that “there is an incredible world taking shape, with young composers writing music that people want to hear, and hear about, and a style/era change as significant as the shift from Baroque to Classical or Classical to Romantic.” Brooklyn Rider is an integral part of that movement.
“Brooklyn Rider is one of today’s most technically accomplished string quartets, full stop. Its superb playing is matched only by the thought, commitment and inspiration its members pour into projects like this one—making the string quartet not a relic of times long gone, but a vessel for the shape of music to come.”
“The future of chamber music.”