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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.

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.

MusicNOW

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.

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.

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.'

A League of Their Own: CD Baby Keeps Independent Musicians Paid in a Dog-Eat-Dog World

A League of Their Own: CD Baby Keeps Independent Musicians Paid in a Dog-Eat-Dog World >>

Of record labels in an ever-changing musical landscape, one company seems to take on a new label of its own, more of an "antithesis" to a more musical question. This, of course, being a well-known online distributor called CD Baby, a quiet force that's been putting so much music out it would astound even the most ignorant of music goers.

Young Talent: Jackie Evancho Does

Westeros Awakening: Listen to Jackie Evancho Sing "Rains of Castamere" from George R.R. Martin's 'Game of Thrones' >>

If Game of Thrones is your fancy and young talent your drink of choice, then you have to hear the latest haunting folk dirge "The Rains of Castamere," a GoT original with lyrics by the series' creator, George R.R. Martin, and music by Ramin Djawadi--as covered by the boisterous prodigy Jackie Evancho

EXCLUSIVE: Ensemble (L)PR Founder David Handler Talks Bartók, Jonny Greenwood and the U.S. Premiere of Bryce Dessner's 'Lachrimae'

EXCLUSIVE: Ensemble (L)PR Founder David Handler Talks Bartók, Jonny Greenwood and the U.S. Premiere of Bryce Dessner's 'Lachrimae' >>

Alongside Béla Bartók's now classic 'Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta' and selections from Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's first score for Paul Thomas Anderson, the concert features the U.S. premiere of another Classicalite favorite--National bro/Brooklyn composer Bryce Dessner's 'Lachrimae.'

Indie Classicalites from Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Punch Bros. (Not Andrea Bocelli & Lindsey Stirling) are Saving the Music Industry >>

No, classical music isn't dead. In fact, classical music has become the latest vanity endeavor for most contemporary musicians.

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood to Score Upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson Adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 'Inherent Vice' >>

If you possess a penchant for Pynchon, this should knock your proverbial socks off.

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, The National's Bryce Dessner Announce Split Release via Deutsche Grammophon >>

Both groups have been, well, instrumental in creating a legacy that has managed to stay genuine and, for the most part, outside the mainstream. And now, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and The National's Bryce Dessner have announced a split release due for March 3 via Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classic.

Contemporary Music Super-Group eighth blackbird Performs 'Still In Motion' at The Kitchen in February >>

Three-time Grammy-winning contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird returns with another awe-inspiring performance, Still in Motion, at one of New York City's most storied work spaces, The Kitchen.

Five Quickies: NBA Lockout Musical, Hottest Opera Directors, Bryce Dessner and Kronos, Kris Goessens Suicide, Debussy's Doodle

Five Quickies: NBA Lockout Musical, Hottest Opera Directors, Bryce Dessner and Kronos, Kris Goessens Suicide, Debussy's Doodle >>

So, in an effort to keep all you Classicalites abreast of each and every situation, we'll be trawling the web for the best headlines--those stories, those people making the biggest waves.

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