Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Returns to BAM

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Concert presenters on opposite coasts this April are attempting to channel the energy of the ever-warming new-music hotbed that is Brooklyn. The LA Philharmonic just wrapped up its week-long Brooklyn Festival, featuring the music of composers Tyondai Braxton and Ted Hearne, among others. Meanwhile, here in the borough itself, a festival called Crossing Brooklyn Ferry begins Thursday evening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Co-curated by Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of The National, the festival epitomizes Brooklyn eclecticism, balancing new-music performers with inventive indie rockers, filmmakers and visual artists.

The three seven-hour evenings feature performances from clarinetist-composer Derek Bermel with the Mivos Quartet and pianist Timothy Andres alongside acts like TV on the Radio and The Roots. Brooklyn Youth Chorus, already a veteran ensemble to adventurous collaborations, precedes a Saturday early-evening set by multi-media rockers People Get Ready; Threefifty, a classical guitar duo with a post-rock bent, follows the post punk group Japanther.

Then there are the musicians who more clearly straddle both worlds. Overdriven electro-wizard Dan Friel just finished a commission for ETHEL String Quartet, and indie darling Julia Holter studied composition at CalArts. Olga Bell, a member of the Dirty Projectors, has worked with Osvaldo Golijov and Philip Glass, as well with Judd Greenstein's new-music ensemble The Yehudim. Classically trained violinist Sara Neufeld performs with Arcade Fire.

Festival co-founder Bryce Dessner, who appears Saturday as part of "Graphic Score," a presentation with artist Clara Claus, studied classical guitar at Yale and has composed for Kronos Quartet as well as performed with new-music crossovers Clogs.

Sample the sounds of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry with highlights from our concert archive:

Pianist and composer Timo Andres performs in the BAMcafé on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on April 25, 2013.
Pianist and composer Timo Andres performs in the BAMcafé on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on April 25, 2013. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Timo Andres performs in the BAMcafé on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Timo Andres performs in the BAMcafé on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
David Byrne (in white) is in the audience as Timo Andres performs in the BAMcafé on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
David Byrne (in white) is in the audience as Timo Andres performs in the BAMcafé on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Timo Andres following his performance in the BAMcafé on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Timo Andres following his performance in the BAMcafé on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
David Byrne iPadding it between performers.
David Byrne iPadding it between performers. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Violinist Sarah Neufeld, a member of Arcade Fire, performs solo in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Violinist Sarah Neufeld, a member of Arcade Fire, performs solo in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Sarah Neufeld performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Sarah Neufeld performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Sarah Neufeld performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Sarah Neufeld performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Julia Holter performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Julia Holter performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Julia Holter performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Julia Holter performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Julia Holter performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Julia Holter performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Julia Holter performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Julia Holter performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Julia Holter performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Julia Holter performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Composer, producer and performer (and also a member of The Dirty Projectors) Olga Bell, performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Composer, producer and performer (and also a member of The Dirty Projectors) Olga Bell, performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Olga Bell performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Olga Bell performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Olga Bell performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Olga Bell performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Olga Bell performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Olga Bell performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Olga Bell performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Olga Bell performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the first day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Violinists Joshua Modney and Olivia De Prato of the Mivos Quartet perform in the BAMcafé on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Violinists Joshua Modney and Olivia De Prato of the Mivos Quartet perform in the BAMcafé on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Violist Victor Lowrie of the Mivos Quartet performs in the BAMcafé on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Violist Victor Lowrie of the Mivos Quartet performs in the BAMcafé on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Composer, conductor and clarinetist Derek Bermel and the Mivos Quartet perform in the BAMcafé on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Composer, conductor and clarinetist Derek Bermel and the Mivos Quartet perform in the BAMcafé on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Composer and electronic musician Dan Friel performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Composer and electronic musician Dan Friel performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Dan Friel performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Dan Friel performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Dan Friel performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Dan Friel performs in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Afrobeat band Antibalas performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Afrobeat band Antibalas performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Afrobeat band Antibalas performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Afrobeat band Antibalas performs in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on the second day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
The Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs in the BAMcafé on the last day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
The Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs in the BAMcafé on the last day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Dianne Berkun, founder and artistic director, leads the Brooklyn Youth Chorus in the BAMcafé on the last day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Dianne Berkun, founder and artistic director, leads the Brooklyn Youth Chorus in the BAMcafé on the last day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Bryce Dessner, co-curator of the festival, says as long as there's a Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus will be a part of it.
Bryce Dessner, co-curator of the festival, says as long as there's a Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus will be a part of it. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
The Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs in the BAMcafé on the last day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
The Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs in the BAMcafé on the last day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Clara Claus Presents 'Graphic Score' With Bryce Dessner and Friends in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the last day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Clara Claus Presents 'Graphic Score' With Bryce Dessner and Friends in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the last day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Clara Claus Presents 'Graphic Score' With Bryce Dessner and Friends in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the last day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Clara Claus Presents 'Graphic Score' With Bryce Dessner and Friends in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the last day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
Clara Claus Presents 'Graphic Score' With Bryce Dessner and Friends in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the last day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Clara Claus Presents 'Graphic Score' With Bryce Dessner and Friends in the BAM Rose Cinemas on the last day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. ( Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music )
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