Brooklyn Rider's new album, The Brooklyn Rider Almanac, comes out Sept. 30.
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September 21, 2014 The adventuresome string quartet asked a huge range of musicians to create new pieces modeled on artistic idols. Hear pieces inspired by figures ranging from John Steinbeck to James Brown.
June 13, 2012 The NPR Classical team discusses and spins a variety of favorite new discs and downloads.
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Brooklyn Rider funded their newest album nearly twice over by using Kickstarter.
March 1, 2012 Classical musicians are finding big success in funding their projects with fan donations.
Brooklyn Rider's new album, Seven Steps, comes out Feb. 21.
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February 5, 2012 Hear the immensely talented string quartet plumb new depths and play Beethoven, a new piece by Christopher Tignor and a new piece they collaboratively composed.
Violist Nicholas Cords likes his Japanese soba noodles on the quiet side.
November 23, 2011 Brooklyn Rider's intrepid violist finds a perfect musical partner for his favorite Japanese food.
September 28, 2011 Watch a documentary about the fabulously energetic orchestra called The Knights.
Brooklyn Rider, immersed in the music of Philip Glass.
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July 12, 2011 The string quartet explores intimate music by today's most popular composer.
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Some dismiss the music of Jules Massenet as "fluff" — but not Nicholas Cords.
March 17, 2011 For the Brooklyn Rider musician, it wasn't easy being a closeted violist in high school. Now, he's a closeted indie rock fan.
Brooklyn Rider's Nick Cords once yearned for the days of larger-than-life violin virtuosos.
September 20, 2010 The Brooklyn Rider violist used to pine for the good old days of great performers recorded on scratchy old 78 rpm discs. But now he finds that the real 'golden age' may be at hand.
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Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky.
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June 24, 2010 Classical music is thriving, thanks to innovative young musicians, masterful veterans and forward-thinking independent labels. Hear a handful of the year's best classical CDs so far.
Daniel Bjarnason, from Iceland, is among a new crop of young composers equally conversant in classical and popular music.
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April 16, 2010 From the soaring voice of a young soprano on the rise to the turbulent sounds of the Berlin Philharmonic in full cry, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz spin new classical recordings from young musicians and composers.
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March 18, 2010 Drawing from its globe-trotting experience with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider blends genres and influences seamlessly, carving out its own unique space within the world of chamber music. Hear the string quartet perform a a live set as a part of NPR Music's daytime party at The Parish in Austin, Texas.
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February 1, 2010 After releasing the appropriately titled Distortion in 2008, The Magnetic Fields' members return with a cleaner, mostly acoustic sound. The new album is Realism, and we've got the opening cut, "You Must Be Out Of Your Mind." Also on the show: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band resurrects the voice of Louis Armstrong, a strange new opera from The Knife, the surprising string quartet Brooklyn Rider, Giant Drag and The Heligoats.
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January 26, 2010 It's hard to know what will happen when the string quartet Brooklyn Rider starts playing. Yes, these four guys love to play Debussy and Brahms, but they're just as likely to team up with a singer-songwriter or a Kurdish kamancheh player. Or write their own music. So we weren't sure what they'd do when they stopped by the NPR Music offices to play a Tiny Desk Concert. What we got was a bracing sample of their visceral fire.
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December 9, 2008 Improvisation is making a comeback in certain corners of the classical world. Early-music specialists honor the tradition of improvising on what the composer wrote, and some young classical musicians who grew up with jazz, rock and world music feel as comfortable with improv as they do with interpretation.
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