Bryce Dessner is returning to his alma mater of Yale as the first Artist-In-Residence at the university’s newly opened Schwarzman Center. Dessner has “curated and commissioned new multi-disciplinary works from a roster of creators” such as Julia Bullock, Ash Fure, Nathalie Joachim, Kaneza Schaal and Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, which will be performed over the next year. He will also hold free master classes for Yale students and alumni.
Dessner explains “I’m most often inspired by people who are different than me, who have a challenging idea, and so, I tend to enjoy working not only with untrained musicians, student musicians, musicians from different cultures, but also non-musical partners like writers, choreographers, filmmakers and visual artists.”
Beyond the commissions, Dessner will be involved in “a major new theatrical project” produced by ArKtype and directed by Kaneza Schaal, as well as performances by his group Dream House Quartet for piano and guitar. The latter will stage U.S. and world premieres of works commissioned by the Schwarzman Center, as well as music by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and legendary minimalist composer Philip Glass.