Brooklyn Rider: Four Play

Composing and Concertizing with the Adventurous

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Friday, October 21, 2011

This week on The New Canon, we move into our new date and time with Brooklyn Rider's Johnny Gandelsman and Nicholas Cords. They'll talk about collaborating as both instrumentalists and composers. Join the conversation in the window below or via Twitter with the hashtag #q2new. Want to get a head start? Leave your questions in the comments below and we'll address them at the top of the chat.

There are some ensembles that have the uncanny ability to seamlessly move from one genre to the next without any hint of effort or strain, and these four adventurous stringers from Kings County form one of them.

But how does that balance work? How does that balance shift when you're not only playing music, but—as this foursome does on Halloween at Carnegie Hall—composing it as well? One member writing is one thing, but all four Brooklyn Rider players are on board for their new work, Seven Steps. In advance of that, we continue our discussion of a string quartet's dynamic and composer-performer relationship with Brooklyn Rider violinist Johnny Gandelsman and violist Nicholas Cords, and gain some insight as to how four musicians write one single piece. We'll also cover a swath of their performances on recording, including some old school tunes from Debussy, a riveting take on Philip Glass and a work by the quartet's own Colin Jacobsen.

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