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Eighth Blackbird

eighth blackbird Drop New Album, 'Hand Eye,' with Sleeping Giant Composers >>

Grammy Award winners eighth blackbird are back at it again with new album, 'Hand Eye.' Their collaboration with the composers collective of Sleeping Giant, the suite was toured by the group throughout the past year.

Bryce Dessner

Bryce Dessner, a National Treasure of Contemporary Classical >>

Bryce Dessner is a renaissance man of contemporary classical composition. Known to most popular music fans as an indie rock guitarist, Dessner’s compositional talent can’t be confined to any singular category.

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and S. Carey Remake Bryce Dessner's 'Music for Wood and Strings'

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and S. Carey Remake Bryce Dessner's 'Music for Wood and Strings' >>

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon has an eclectic resume of musical endeavors-including production on and contributing vocals to Kanye West's Yeezus. Now, Vernon, along with S. Carey, have released a cover track of Bryce Dessner's "Music for Wood and Strings."

Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama Talks Hans Christian Andersen Ballet in Creators Project Documentary >>

In the new documentary from The Creators Project, acclaimed artist Marcel Dzama opens up about his sculptures, videos, drawings, and costume designs for the New York City Ballet's Art Series and production of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Most Incredible Thing.'

Exclusive Nadia Sirota Talks Symphony Space Residency Feb. 1, Donnacha Dennehy's 'Tessellatum'

EXCLUSIVE: Violist and Broadcaster Nadia Sirota Talks February Residency at Symphony Space >>

Coming to Symphony Space this February is yMusic co-founder Nadia Sirota, in a much-anticipated four-night residency. From February 1-5, Ms. Sirota will be featured alongside Nico Muhly, Liam Byrne and David Lang, performing Donnacha Dennehy's Tessellatum, as well as works by Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, The National's Bryce Dessner and more.

Bryce Dessner, The National and the Cincinnati Symphony Perform at 2015 MusicNOW Festival

Bryce Dessner, The National and the Cincinnati Symphony Perform at 2015 MusicNOW Festival >>

Last Friday, The National took to the stage for the first time in 2015 for a special performance at the MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati. In a surprising move, too, the band teamed up with none other than the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.


Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Bryce Dessner's MusicNOW Fest. Collab Details Announced >>

New details surrounding the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and music director Louis Langrée's groundbreaking artistic collaboration with the MusicNOW Festival and artistic director Bryce Dessner have been announced. This year’s festival will host works by Caroline Shaw, The National, Christopher Rouse, Daníel Bjarnason, Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens and more.

Big Ears Festival

Full Line-Up of Big Ears Festival Released >>

The full line-up for the Big Ears Festival, the eclectic, avant-guard music festival in Tennessee, has been announced. Notable acts include Laurie Anderson, Ben Frost, Jamie xx, Swans, Perfume Genius, Bryce Dessner of The National and Wilco’s Nels Cline. Max Richter will also be performing with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra with Kronos Quartet serving as the festival’s artists-in-residence

The Knights

The Knights Will Release 1st Album, Tour with Bela Fleck >>

Cutting-edge New York orchestra The Knights have been signed by Warner Classics, and their first album, "the ground beneath our feet," is due to be released Jan 26. The Knights began with brothers Eric and Colin Jacobsen, staging impromptu chamber music readings with their friends at their home while they were music students. Since then, the orchestra has risen and been hailed as “the next generation of classical music.” They have been known to play with big names in the classical and indie music scene, such as Bryce Dessner, guitarist of the band The National. The new album will explore the concerto grosso form, a Baroque form in which musical material is passed between a small group of soloists and a full orchestra. Colin characterizes the relationship between these two musical groups as a “party within a party.” Their "ground beneath our feet" will pair examples by Bach, Haydn, Stravinsky and Reich with world-premiere recordings of two collaboratively composed concertos. True to their collegial creed, the title track is a genuine group composition, collaborative from inceptions to interpretation. The CD release is timed to coincide with The Knights’s extensive, upcoming, seven-state, East Coast tour, where they will be joined by 15-time Grammy-Award-winning banjo artist Bela Fleck.

Kronos Quartet

Big Ears Festival Initial Lineup: Bryce Dessner, Terry Riley, Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, Nosaj Thing, tUnE-yArDs >>

Excited as we were to hear about Big Ears Festival Artists-in-Residence, and Classicalite favorite, Kronos Quartet making their way to Knoxville in 2015, we are overjoyed with the initial line up announcement. From March 27 to 29 contemporary classical composers and loads of indie darlings will descend upon Nashville to bring one of the more expertly curated festivals of the season circut run.

Bryce Dessner

PHOTOS: Bryce Dessner, Geremy Schulick, The Knights at Brookfield Place for 'New Sounds Live' >>

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.'

L.A. Dance Project

L.A. Dance Project To Perform Music by Bryce Dessner, David Lang and Gavin Bryars at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for Next Wave Festival >>

The L.A. Dance Project will perform to music by Bryce Dessner, David Lang and Gavin Bryars next week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival. Choreography by Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, and William Forsythe, the evening will feature a performance of three prominent stage pieces: Reflections from 2013 with a visual concept by Barbara Kruger, Murder Ballades from 2013 with a visual concept by Sterling Ruby and 1993’s Quintett.

Bryce Dessner

Bryce Dessner, Knights, Bang on a Can, Wordless Music Performing at Brookfield Place Winter Garden for New Sounds Live >>

Classicalite favorite The National’s Bryce Dessner is back at it again. This time with The Knights, Bang on a Can All-Stars and the world premiere of Mike Oldfield's Tubular as part of New Sounds Live, a free, three-night series at Brookfield Place Winter Garden from October 14 to 16.

Richard Reed Parry

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry on 'Music for Heart and Breath,' Bryce Dessner and Growing Up With Folk Musician Parents >>

We recently caught up with Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry in transit to the Hollywood Bowl for a few quick quips on his album "Music For Heart And Breath," released this summer on Deutsche Grammophon Records.

Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet Performs Work by Bryce Dessner, Carlos Paredes in 3-D Point-Capture Video >>

Kronos Quartet is featured in a 3D point capture video performing and discussing a piece from the Kronos Explorer Series box set on The New York Times.

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