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Brooklyn Rider with Kayhan Kalhor
and Mathias Kunzli (2016/2017 Performing Arts)
“These musicians’ superbly conceived, organically evolved and wonderfully recent collaboration… is proof of both their personal dedication and artistic insights.” Gramophone
“Classical music fans will appreciate the fine quality of the playing, world music aficionados will enjoy the cross-cultural currents, and it’s very easy to see kids reared on post-rock and minimalist electronic music feeling at home here.” Pitchfork
The innovative young string quartet Brooklyn Rider is praised for its “Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place” (Pittsburg Post-Gazette). In a night of superb musicianship, Johnny Gandelsman on violin, Colin Jacobsen on violin, Nicholas Cords on viola and Michael Nicolas on cello join three-time Grammy Award-nominee Kayhan Kalhor, the world’s preeminent master of the kamancheh (four-stringed upright Persian fiddle). These string marvels have moved Santa Barbara audiences as part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Their collaborative album, Silent City, highlights their repertoire of classic pieces, contemporary compositions and originals as they find common ground between Persian folk and modern minimalism.
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