Listen to National Guitarist Bryce Dessner's Collaboration with Kronos Quartet
NPR has premiered a new video featuring music from Bryce Dessner, guitarist for The National, who has written a piece for the Kronos String Quartet.
Talking to NPR about working with Kronos, Dessner said he first met the Quartet back in 2009, when he recruited the group to work on “Dark Was The Night,” a benefit project for Red Hot. Dessner, who studied guitar and composition at Yale, produced the record with his brother Aaron, who also plays in The National. Bryce originally wrote the composition Aheym for the Quartet’s show in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The piece has since been performed by Kronos over 100 times in venues around the world.
Dessner said “It was a little intimidating to write what was really my first string quartet for Kronos – they’re such masters, and so influential for my generation in particular.”
The visually captivating video for Dessner’s piece was created by artist Matthew Ritchie. Ritchie is a close friend of Dessner’s and created the video using animated versions of his own paintings. Check out the video courtesy of NPR.
Aheym is set for a Nov. 5 release on ANTI-.
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