Bryce Dessner Releases New Album with Kronos Quartet

Bryce Dessner Releases New Album with Kronos Quartet
The album 'Aheym' from Bryce Dessner is out now on Anti-Records. This is Dessner's debut recording as a composer and is a collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Kronos Quartet. It features them performing four of Dessner's chamber works with an appearance by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Dessner and the quartet first crossed paths when Kronos founder David Harrington approached Dessner about writing a piece for the quartet's performance at the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival at Brooklyn's Prospect Park in 2009. The ensuing piece, Aheym (meaning homeward in Yiddish), was informed by the stories of Dessner's Jewish immigrant grandparents who settled near the park and, as the pair's collaboration grew, became the album's title track.

The album also includes Tenebre, influenced by obscure Czech viola da gamba performers Irena and Vojtěch Havel, Little Blue Something and Tour Eiffel, a setting of a poem by the Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro that was originally commissioned by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

The album has been given a four star review and described as "rather beautiful" by The Independent and was Album of the Week on WQXR

Buy the album on iTunes or Amazon
Buy the sheet music HERE

Watch the title track, Aheym on You Tube

Listen to Bryce Dessner talk to Soundcheck host John Schaefer about the collaboration

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