August 15, 2014
Brooklyn Rider are set to release their new album, Almanac, internationally on the 30th September! The album consists of specially commissioned work from a diverse group of composers.
In the cross-disciplinary spirit of Der Blaue Reiter (“The Blue Rider”), the legendary European artistic collective that is the group’s namesake, each work—by musicians including Bill Frisell, Padma Newsome, Vijay Iyer, Aoife O’Donovan, Glenn Kotche from the Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco, and Greg Saunier from the rock band Deerhoof—is inspired by a creative muse of the composer’s choice from the past half-century, ranging from groundbreaking composer Igor Stravinsky to king of funk James Brown to Mississippi novelist William Faulkner to iconic choreographer Mark Morris.
“This project afforded us the opportunity to seek fresh perspectives on string quartet writing. On the surface, these composers come mostly from the other side of the classical fence; the worlds of jazz, rock, and folk. But more significantly, they represent some of our favorite musical thinkers and we were deeply confident they would have much to offer our medium.” - Brooklyn Rider