The Knights: On A Quest To Make Great Music Watch a documentary about the fabulously energetic orchestra called The Knights.

Music Videos

The Knights: On A Quest To Make Great Music

A few weeks ago, I happened to catch a charming half-hour documentary on the New York PBS station Thirteen/WNET. We Are The Knights is the sweetly told story of two phenomenally talented brothers, Colin and Eric Jacobsen, and the really exciting orchestra they founded called The Knights. The group's story — like its music — is so lovely and heartfelt that we wanted to share it.

Eagle-eyed music lovers will catch a whole bunch of familiar friends in this, from Yo-Yo Ma, the Jacobsens' mentor and frequent collaborator, to Performance Today's Fred Child. But if the brothers themselves seem familiar to NPR Music fans, that's because they also comprise half of one of our favorite string quartets, Brooklyn Rider. Colin is the group's first violinist, while Eric, who conducts the orchestra, is the quartet's cellist. (Their other Brooklyn Rider friends play in The Knights as well.)

And if all that weren't quite enough, Colin is also a talented composer and the brothers are in the core group for the multicultural Silk Road Project founded by Ma.

As Ma says about The Knights, "It's a really beautiful thing, and they've created it using the values of their generation." Check the documentary out and see if you agree. Please leave your thoughts about the film in the comments section — and be sure to tell us about emerging musicians we need to hear.

[+] read more[-] less

More From Classical

Gurtman and Murtha Artist Management

Ruth Laredo On Piano Jazz

Hear "America's First Lady of the Piano" explore the boundaries between classical music and jazz with host Marian McPartland in this 2004 episode.

Ruth Laredo On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/562620476/562624249" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Dancers in "Stalactites," a video by Mark DeChiazza, based on Orpheus Unsung, a theater work composed by Steven Mackey, with Jason Treuting. Mark DeChiazza hide caption

toggle caption Mark DeChiazza

Orpheus Reborn With Dancers, Drums And Electric Guitar

A new video, featuring a score by Steven Mackey with Jason Treuting, retells the ancient tale of love, loss and the power of music.

Penguin Cafe performs a Tiny Desk Concert on May 2, 2017. (Claire Harbage/NPR) Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Claire Harbage/NPR

Penguin Cafe

Penguin Cafe folds in sounds from around the world and throughout music history — Africa, Kraftwerk, Brazil and Franz Schubert.

Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir revised her piece Aura especially for The Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. David Holechek hide caption

toggle caption David Holechek

Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Volcanic Transmissions

As members of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet bow their vibraphones, brush their gongs and message their bass drums, the composer's evocative music oozes from blackness.

Ludovico Einaudi, performing live for KCRW. Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW hide caption

toggle caption Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW

Ludovico Einaudi, 'Petricor' (Live)

KCRW

Watch the pianist and composer, joined by a full band, in a stunning live performance for KCRW.

Opera singer Joyce DiDonato created this video to go with her new album, In War and Peace: Harmony through Music. Warner Classics hide caption

toggle caption Warner Classics

In Chaotic Times, A Singer's Plea For Freedom

Opera star Joyce DiDonato does more than sing — she lends her voice to social causes. Watch her new video, a haunting depiction of a woman trapped in conflict.

Back To Top