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PHOTOS: The National's Bryce Dessner, Guitarist Geremy Schulick, The Knights at Brookfield Place Winter Garden for 'New Sounds Live'

By Maria Jean Sullivan m.sullivan@classicalite.com on Oct 16, 2014 07:14 PM EDT
Bryce Dessner (Photo : Bryce Dessner takes to a screwdriver to perform his composition 'Raphael' with The Knights and Geremy Schulick at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place New York. All photos by Maria Jean Sullivan.)
The Knights (Photo : The Knights performing 'Tenebre' as part of New Sounds Live. )
The Knights The Knights are a New York-based orchestral collective featuring brothers Eric and Colin Jacobsen as co-artistic directors. (Photo : The Knights are a New York-based orchestral collective featuring brothers Eric and Colin Jacobsen as co-artistic directors. )
Bryce Dessner and John Schaefer (Photo : John Schaefer, host and producer of WNYC's "Soundcheck," asks Dessner about his influences.)
The Knights The Knights performing "Lachrimae" as part of the New Sounds Live program. (Photo : The Knights performing "Lachrimae" as part of the New Sounds Live program. )
Geremy Schulick Brooklyn-based, Yale-educated guitarist Geremy Schulick performing Dessner's work. (Photo : Brooklyn-based, Yale-educated guitarist Geremy Schulick performing Dessner's work.)
John Schaefer and Eric Jacobsen John Schaefer, host and producer of WNYC Radio’s "New Sounds and Soundcheck" interviews Jacobsen on how The Knights came to perform Dessner's work for New Sounds Live. (Photo : John Schaefer, host and producer of WNYC Radio’s "New Sounds and Soundcheck" interviews Jacobsen on how The Knights came to perform Dessner's work for New Sounds Live. )
Bryce Dessner and Geremy Schulick Bryce Dessner and Geremy Schulick playing the guitar on Dessner's "Raphael" at the Brookfield Arts Winter Garden. (Photo : Bryce Dessner and Geremy Schulick playing the guitar on Dessner's "Raphael" at the Brookfield Arts Winter Garden. )
Bryce Dessner and The Knights Dessner, conductor Eric Jacobsen and violinist Colin Jacobsen perform Dessner's "Raphael." (Photo : Dessner, conductor Eric Jacobsen and violinist Colin Jacobsen perform Dessner's "Raphael.")
Bryce Dessner and The Knights "Yeah, I spent probably around six months looking at different types of ideas, and I settled on Black Mountain because it’s something I’d been interested in for a long time and it felt like it really was a good fit for this project." --Dessner (Photo : Maria Jean Sullivan )

Curated by WNYC’s Soundcheck host John Schaefer; Bryce Dessner of The National performed his own compositions with Brooklyn-based orchestral collective The Knights last night at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place--as part of the three-night series New Sounds Live. 

The evening began with The Knights performing Dessner's fascinating composition Tenebre, which features an echo of Sufijian Steven's voice.

A moment's break then gave way to an interview with Schafer and Dessner.

Led by artistic director brothers Colin and Eric Jacobsen, The Knights also gave a stunning performance of Dessner's Lachrimae, as well. 

Schafer again took to the stage, this time to talk with Jacobsen about working with Dessner and renowned composer and cross-genre guitarist Geremy Schulick. 

The lights begin to enhance to the speed of the performers: slow to start. As the composition Raphael builds, Dessner and Schulick stroke their guitar stings with a screwdriver handle to enunciate their part. 

The night was recorded by Q2 Music for on-demand streaming

Take a look at some of our favorite shots from the evening...and stay tuned for videos of Raphael from C-LITE A.V. Club. 

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