Praised for its “stunningly imaginative” performances (Lucid Culture), the adventurous, intrepid string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that continues to attract legions of fans and draw critical acclaim from classical, world, and rock critics. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble,” and Vice likens Brooklyn Rider to “motocross daredevils who never screw up a stunt.” At home in both clubs and concert halls, Brooklyn Rider has appeared in venues as varied as New York City’s Joe’s Pub, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Japan’s Todai-ji, the Library of Congress, and the South By Southwest Festival. Through creative programming and global collaborations, Brooklyn Rider’s “down-to-earth demeanor…demystifies contemporary classical music and invites everyone into the tent” (Time Out New York).
In 2012–13, Brooklyn Rider built upon their commitment to new repertoire and fresh interpretations of established pieces. The ensemble’s 2012 fall tour—which presented works by Stravinsky, Bartók, and Gabriel Kahane, as well as world premieres by Colin Jacobsen, Shara Worden, Vijay Iyer and John Zorn—stopped at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where Brooklyn Rider continues its three-year residency and participates in UNC’s “Rite of Spring at 100” series. Brooklyn Rider also participated in the premiere of a new work by Kahane at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, as well as WQXR’s “Beethoven Remix” at the Greene Space. In addition, the quartet begins its ongoing project “The Brooklyn Rider Almanac,” for which it commissions composers from various genres to write short, art-inspired works for string quartet.
Additionally in 2013, Brooklyn Rider premiered new compositions by Nik Bärtsch, Padma Newsome, Greg Saunier, Ethan Iverson, and Bill Frisell at Dartmouth College, appeared at Chicago’s Mandel Hall and Atlanta’s Schwartz Center, and embarked upon a second Asia tour. The quartet also participated in a recording project with 14-time Grammy-winner Béla Fleck, titled The Impostor. This project is Fleck’s self-composed Concerto for Banjo and Symphony Orchestra – premiered and recorded with Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Giancarlo Guerrero. Brooklyn Rider collaborated with Fleck on his new work featured on The Impostor, Nightflight over Water, for Banjo and String Quartet.