Lisa Bielawa, new music composer and Philip Glass Ensemble alumna, will host two world premieres of her work for the upcoming 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial. 'Vireo Caprice' debuts later this month, with 'My Outstretched Hand' following in June.
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.
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.'
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.