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Following his acclaimed compositional release Aheym, Bryce Dessner released St. Carolyn by the Sea on March 4th. Released on Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music, St. Carolyn by the Sea features debut recordings of three of Dessner’s compositions – the title work, “Lachrimae” and “Raphael” – performed by the Copenhagen Philharmonic under conductor Andre de Ridder. The pieces draw from a number of different influences including Jack Kerouac’s novel Big Sur on the title piece, compositional work from renaissance composer John Dowland on “Lachrimae,” and experimentation with an old harmonium on “Raphael.” The recordings feature performances on guitar by Dessner and his twin brother, Aaron. St. Carolyn by the Sea presents Dessner’s works alongside a suite by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, one of Dessner’s peers as a rock guitarist and genre-bounding composer.

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NEWS


September 23, 2014

Inside the Kronos Quartet Playing Aheym


The New York Times has published an amazing interactive feature exploring how quartets communicate. Using 3D-data capture to render the Kronos Quartet as “dot clouds” they investigate how cueing and body language establish rhythms. One of the pieces they use to explore the intricacies of performing as an ensemble is my composition “Aheym.” Watch Kronos Quartet play and discuss the piece here.

September 17, 2014

Fall 2014 Performances


I’m writing to share some highlights of the fall 2014 season performances of my work. It’s been a busy year that will culminate in some of my favorite ensembles performing my music and a premiere of an exciting new project.

First, on September 25th, Gowanus Arts will present an evening with So Percussion performing selections that I’ve curated, including my recent commission for them, Music for Wood and Strings. The performance is at the beautiful new Green Building in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are available here.

The following day, September 26th, I will travel to Los Angeles to join my friends Richard Reed Parry and yMusic to perform selections from Richard’s newly released album which I produced with him, “Music for Heart and Breath,” at the Hollywood Bowl.

On October 15th, I’ll join the amazing orchestral collective The Knights as they perform an evening of my work at the Winter Garden in Brookfield Place, New York. I’ll be performing with them on guitar on Raphael, and they will also perform Lachrimae for string orchestra, and my string quartet Tenebre. The performance is part of New Sounds Live, a wonderful series of free concerts curated by WNYC’s John Schaefer. More info about this performance is available here.

From October 16th to the 18th L.A. Dance Project will make its New York debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The company will present three pieces, one of which I scored for choreographer Justin Peck. The piece is entitled Murder Ballades and will be performed live by the incredible eighth blackbird. Tickets are still available here.

The last event that I’d like to mention is Black Mountain Songs, which is debuting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from November 20th through 23rd. In Black Mountain Songs, a program that I originated and co-curated with Richard Reed Parry, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus will perform new works from seven composers – myself, Richard, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Aleksandra Vrebalov, John King, Jherek Bischoff and Tim Hecker. Black Mountain College has been an inspiration to me for years and I’m excited to see this expansive musical and visual work (with a film by Matt Wolf) that celebrates the collective and creative spirit of the College finally come to the stage. You can purchase tickets here.

While all of the above performances are happening in New York, amazing musicians will be playing my compositions in many other cities this fall. In the coming months my pieces will also be performed in Krakow, Thessaloniki, Hamburg, Boston, Melbourne and Eindhoven among others. For full details on these performances and for a comprehensive list of all upcoming performances visit http://www.brycedessner.com/

I hope that you’ll be able to attend a show or two.

September 16, 2014

SiriusXM “Composer Roundtable” Airdates


Last spring I participated in SiriusXM Symphony Hall’s “Composer Roundtable” with Jennifer Higdon and John Luther Adams. It was great to speak with such amazing composers about our work and to get the chance to touch on some of the finer points of composing. The discussion will air on the Symphony Hall Channel on the following dates/times:

September 25: 7pm & 10pm
September 27: 6pm
September 28: 4pm

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PERFORMANCES


October 24, 2014Music for Wood and Strings

Cornell Concert Series, Ithaca, NY, USA
Performed by So Percussion

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Oct 26, 2014 MURDER BALLADES

New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, USA
Performed by eighth blackbird

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October 26, 2014Music for Wood and Strings

Delaware County Community College, Media, PA, USA
Performed by So Percussion

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October 31, 2014Murder Ballades

De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Performed by Lunatree

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November 7, 2014MUSIC FOR WOOD AND STRINGS

Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Performed by So Percussion

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November 11, 2014Aheym (Homeward)

Grande Auditório, Lisbon, Portugal
Performed by Kronos Quartet

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Nov 12, 2014New Work (Title TBA)

Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven, Netherlands
New work performed for Tromp Percussion Competition semi-finals

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Nov 13, 2014New Work (Title TBA)

Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven, Netherlands
New work performed for Tromp Percussion Competition semi-finals

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November 13th, 2014 Aheym (Homeward)

Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
Performed by Kronos Quartet

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November 16, 2014Aheym (Homeward)

Ars Musica, Brussels, Belgium
Performed by Kronos Quartet

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November 20, 2014Black Mountain Songs

BAM Harvey Theater, New York, NY, USA
World premiere of Black Mountain Songs, a collaboration between composers Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Aleksandra Vrebalov, John King, Tim Hecker and filmmaker Matt Wolf. Performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, commissioned and produced by BAM and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and curated by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry

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Nov 21, 2014 MURDER BALLADES

Davidson College, Davidson, NC, USA
Performed by eighth blackbird

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November 21, 2014Music for Wood and Strings

The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Performed by So Percussion

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November 21, 2014Black Mountain Songs

BAM Harvey Theater, New York, NY, USA
World premiere of Black Mountain Songs, a collaboration between composers Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Aleksandra Vrebalov, John King, Tim Hecker and filmmaker Matt Wolf. Performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, commissioned and produced by BAM and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and curated by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry

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November 22, 2014Black Mountain Songs

BAM Harvey Theater, New York, NY, USA
World premiere of Black Mountain Songs, a collaboration between composers Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Aleksandra Vrebalov, John King, Tim Hecker and filmmaker Matt Wolf. Performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, commissioned and produced by BAM and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and curated by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry

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November 23, 2014Black Mountain Songs

BAM Harvey Theater, New York, NY, USA
World premiere of Black Mountain Songs, a collaboration between composers Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Aleksandra Vrebalov, John King, Tim Hecker and filmmaker Matt Wolf. Performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, commissioned and produced by BAM and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and curated by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry

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November 25, 2014Little Blue Something

Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Performed by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble

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Nov 29, 2014Reponse Lutoslawski

Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera, Warsaw, Poland
World premiere of a new work commissioned by National Audiovisual Institute of Poland, performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

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December 13, 2014Music Of Bryce Dessner

The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
Performed by The Crash Ensemble as part of ‘Brassland@NCH’

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Jan 17, 2015 MURDER BALLADES

Rackham Auditorium, University of Musical Society, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Performed by eighth blackbird

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January 22, 2015New Work (Title TBA)

Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
World premiere of a new percussion work commissioned by TROMP Percussion, performed by the Storioni Trio

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Feb 11, 20153 New Solo Works

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Performed by Bryce Dessner on guitar, Pekka Kuusisto on violin, and Nadia Sirota on viola at Cross Linx Festival

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Feb 12, 20153 New Solo Works

Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Performed by Bryce Dessner on guitar, Pekka Kuusisto on violin, and Nadia Sirota on viola at Cross Linx Festival

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Feb 13, 20153 New Solo Works

De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Performed by Bryce Dessner on guitar, Pekka Kuusisto on violin, and Nadia Sirota on viola at Cross Linx Festival

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Feb 14, 20153 New Solo Works

De Oosterpoort, Groningen, Netherlands
Performed by Bryce Dessner on guitar, Pekka Kuusisto on violin, and Nadia Sirota on viola at Cross Linx Festival

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February 26, 2015Solo and Ensemble Works

Packard Hall, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Nadia Sirota, Clarice Jensen, Yuki Numata and Jeri Jorgensen perform a concert of Bryce Dessner’s solo and ensemble works

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March 5, 2015Yale University Residency

Morse Recital Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
Tenebre and Murder Ballades performed by New Music New Haven

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March 6-21, 2015Frame of Mind

Sydney Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Compositions by Dessner will be the soundtrack to a dance piece choreographed by Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela

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March 13-14, 2015MusicNOW Festival

Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Musical worlds merge as this ground-breaking collaboration with the MusicNOW Festival continues. Two unique programs—different on each evening—will feature world premieres by award-winning composers Daníel Bjarnason and Caroline Shaw; Ms. Shaw will also perform as soloist. Details to be announced.

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April 3, 2015Music of Bryce Dessner

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA
A mix of new music by Dessner and other composers including Lachrimae for chamber orchestra (Minneapolis Music Company featuring musicians of the SPCO) conducted by Mischa Santora; selections from Richard Reed Parry’s Music for Heart and Breath; large ensemble work by Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw; and a variety of other concert works for orchestra and guitar. Presented as part of the Liquid Music series

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April 4, 2015Music of Bryce Dessner

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA
An evening of special guests and new compositions including Music for Wood and Strings for Sō Percussion; solo trombone and electronics by Ben Lanz (Beirut, The National); and a mesmerizing solo violin and voice work by Caroline Shaw. Presented as part of the Liquid Music series

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April 17, 2015Aheym (Homeward)

Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
Performed by Kronos Quartet

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April 17, 2015Music of Bryce Dessner

Alys Stephens Center, Birmingham, AL, USA
Dessner curates an evening with the Alabam Symphony Orchestra. The program will feature two of Dessner’s compositions, including St Carolyn by the Sea, and a concerto for two guitars with Dessner as a soloist

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April 18, 2015Tenebre

Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
Performed by Kronos Quartet

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April 30-May 2, 2015Frame of Mind

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, Australia
Compositions by Dessner will be the soundtrack to a dance piece choreographed by Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela

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May 6-16, 2015Frame of Mind

Southbank Theatre, Melbourne , Australia
Compositions by Dessner will be the soundtrack to a dance piece choreographed by Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela

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May 9, 2015Marathon Weekend Curated by Bryce Dessner May 9-10

Barbican Centre, London, UK
Curated by Dessner, the weekend will include performances in the Barbican Hall and at Milton Court. Highlights to include: new music by Dessner for eighth blackbird and So Percussion; a performance of Black Mountain Songs, and more to be announced.

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May 28, 2015New Work (Title TBA)

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA
World premiere of a new work commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel

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May 30, 2015New Work (Title TBA)

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA, USA
World premiere of a new work commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel

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Bryce Dessner, guitarist from The National and Clogs who has also collaborated with Steve Reich, Philip Glass, David Lang, Sufjan Stevens and many others, released Aheym, an album of quartets, on November 5th on Anti- Records. The album finds Dessner collaborating with Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary season. Aheym features four original compositions by Dessner performed by Kronos Quartet as well as 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.

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COMPOSITIONS


New Work (Title TBA)2014

Orchestra

Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to be premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at the Walt Disney Performance Hall on May 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA, USA

40 Canons2014

String Quartet and Guitar. 25 min.

Commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, to be premiered by Kronos and Bryce Dessner at the Barbican Concert Hall in London, England on May 14, 2014.

Reponse Lutoslawski2013

String Orchestra. 20 min.

Co-commissioned by the National Audiovisual Institute of Poland and the Mexico National Orchestra, to be premiered by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera in Warsaw, Poland on November 29, 2014.

Music For Wood And Strings2013

Percussion Quartet. 40 min.

Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, premiered by So Percussion at Carnegie Hall on November 23, 2013.

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Murder Ballades2013

Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Cello. 16 min.

Commissioned by eighth blackbird and Lunapark and funded by The Doelen Concert Hall Rotterdam, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ Amsterdam, and Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven, with the financial support of The Van Beinum Foundation, premiered April 5, 2013 at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Little Blue Something2012

String Quartet. 7 min.

Written for Kronos Quartet, premiered May 31, 2012 at Ensems Festival in Valencia, Spain.

Lachrimae2012

String orchestra. 15 min.

Commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Scottish Ensemble, and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, premiered June 16, 2012 at the Holland Festival. Performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, conducted by Andre de Ridder.

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St. Carolyn by the Sea2011

Electric Guitars and Orchestra. 15 min.

Commissioned by American Composers Orchestra and Muziekcentrum Eindhoven.

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To The Sea 2011

Vocal. Variable Duration.

Premiered November 2, 2011 during the “Monstrance” installation collaboration with Matthew Ritchie at L&M Arts Los Angeles.

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The Long Winter2010

Solo Cello. 7 min.

Commissioned by Naive Records (FR) for cellist Zachary Miskin.

Tenebre2010

String Quartet and Pre-Recorded Track. 15 min.

Commissioned by Kronos Quartet and the Barbican (London).

Tour Eiffel2010

Chorus and Mixed Chamber Ensemble. 15 min.

Co-commissioned by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus with St. Ann’s Warehouse, Kaufman Center, Manhattan New Music Project and the Ectstatic Music Festival for performances at St. Ann’s on February 10-12, 2011 and at Merkin Concert Hall on March 12, 2011.

O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind2010

Piano, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Cello, Double Bass and Clarinet. 15 min.

Commissioned by the People’s Commissioning Fund and Bang on a Can for the Ecstatic Music Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, NYC on February 10, 2011.

The Long Count2009

Orchestra and 4 singers. 70 min.

Co-composed with Aaron Dessner. Commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival, premiered October 28-31, 2009.

Aheym2009

String Quartet. 12 min.

Commissioned by Kronos Quartet for the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Soft Premiere March 12, 2009 at the Music Now Festival. NY premiere July 18, 2009 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

The Lincoln Shuffle2009

Brass Ensemble and Electric Guitars. 30 min.

Series of short pieces commissioned by the Rosenbach Library for Abraham Lincoln’s Bi-Centennial, premiered April 2, 2009 at the Rosenbach Library.

Propolis 2008

Bass Clarinet and Electronics. 40 min.

Co-composed with David Sheppard and Evan Ziporyn. Commissioned by Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna) for the Morning Line, a large outdoor sound pavilion by Matthew Ritchie, premiered in October 2008 at the 3rd International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville.

Raphael2007

Mixed Large Ensemble. 22 min.

Commissioned by the Kitchen and American Composers Forum, premiered March 13-14, 2007 at the Kitchen (NYC).

Quintets2007

Electric Guitar and String Quartet. 20 min.

Commissioned by the Kitchen and American Composers Forum, premiered March 13-14, 2007 at the Kitchen (NYC).

Turn the River 2007

Score for feature independent film Turn the River. Co-composed with Padma Newsome. Commissioned by Mr. Nice Film Productions.

Memorial 2006

Classical Guitar, Viola, Percussion. 8 min.

Commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival and 92nd Street Y, premiered December 1, 2006 at NY Guitar Festival at the 92nd Street Y.

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BRYCE DESSNER

Bryce Dessner – who composes “gorgeous, full-hearted music” according to National Public Radio – seamlessly blends aspects of the classical and the popular in his concert works, the compositions simultaneously alive to past and present and the potential of the future. Dessner’s scores, described as “deft” and “vibrant” by The New York Times, draw on elements from Baroque and folk music, late Romanticism and modernism, minimalism and the blues, as well as the inspiration of iconic figures from Béla Bartók, Benjamin Britten and Henryk Górecki to Morton Feldman, Terry Riley, Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Such disparate American iconoclasts as John Fahey, La Monte Young and Glenn Branca also figure into this young composer’s sonic world. All these influences – not to mention his globetrotting experiences as a keenly collaborative musician across genres – wind together to inform Dessner’s organic and individual voice as a composer.

The most impressive document to date of Dessner’s art is the Deutsche Grammophon album St. Carolyn by the Sea, which features his debut recordings for the storied Yellow Label. Released on March 4, 2014, St. Carolyn by the Sea includes three luminous Dessner compositions – the title work, Lachrimae and Raphael – performed by the Copenhagen Philharmonic under conductor André de Ridder. The recordings also feature performances on guitar by Dessner and his twin brother, Aaron. Born in 1976 in Ohio and now based in New York City, Dessner first earned wide renown as a co-founding guitarist (along with Aaron) of the Grammy Award-nominated rock band The National. Yet, as WQXR New York has pointed out: “ ‘… Of The National’ is a phrase that often follows Bryce Dessner’s name. It’s not too shabby a suffix, but… listeners may find that title to be inadequate for his talents, if they haven’t already.”

The stage was set for the release of Dessner’s DG debut by the enthusiastic reception for Aheym, a 2013 album by the ever-trailblazing Kronos Quartet devoted to his compositions. In the cross-cultural arts magazine Bomb, veteran avant-garde composer-guitarist Elliot Sharp wrote about Dessner’s compositional method in the title work: “a dramatic opening, dark and insistent, then a breath, then an emerging melodic seed… The seed ultimately grows… to a rousing climax.” The U.K’s Independent singled out the title work, describing it as “an elegant braiding of interlaced lines that pushes the music forward in waves.” WQXR’s contemporary music site Q2 made Aheym an Album of the Week, praising the music as “stunning, nostalgic and beautifully hypnotic.” Pitchfork declared Dessner’s compositions to be “fierce, vivid music.”

St. Carolyn by the Sea presents Dessner’s works alongside a suite by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, one of Dessner’s peers as a rock guitarist and genre-bounding composer. For all his rock success, Dessner was trained as a classical musician. He graduated with a master’s degree in music from Yale University, having studied classical guitar, flute and composition. Settling in New York City, he performed with such contemporary-music ensembles as the Bang on a Can All-Stars, along with co-founding the improvisatory instrumental group Clogs, which was influenced by contemporary takes on early music. He worked with the likes of Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Steve Reich and David Lang, as well as with Philip Glass, Michael Gordon and Nico Muhly. In 2006, Dessner founded the MusicNOW Festival, a celebration of contemporary music that he curates annually to acclaim in his native Cincinnati. He is currently composer-in-residence at Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

In a video about the making of the album St. Carolyn by the Sea, Dessner explains: “It’s not that as a rock musician you come into classical and then you go back to rock. You’re the same musician wherever you go.” But, he adds: “Part of what draws me to concert music is that there is a celebration of risk-taking. There’s a lot of talk about classical music and its audience aging, but I disagree with that. The reason that someone like me, who can perfectly well tour around in my rock band, is drawn to this culture is that there is a certain appetite and energy for performing adventurous music.”

In a recent article on Dessner as a composer in Listen magazine, Kronos Quartet leader David Harrington recalled: “When we were performing Bryce’s music along with Steve Reich’s Different Trains and Triple Concerto at a Reich festival, Steve said to me: ‘I can’t believe one person can be such a good composer, a great guitarist, a wonderful curator – and a nice guy!’ But it’s true. That festival of his in Ohio is fantastic – it symbolizes all the varied communities he brings together in music.” Composer Nico Muhly shared his theory about what sets Dessner apart in the classical world: “In classical, virtuosity can sometimes be its own goal. Bryce has wonderful technical facility, but it’s always about musicality for him.”

Explaining the various merits of rock and classical, Dessner says: “When writing a rock song, economy is vital – a song’s emotional core should be apparent quickly. It’s a great discipline for learning the virtues of clear, compelling ideas. Extended composition is a more personal space, like poetry – less immediate but perhaps more profound. What I think is great about what’s happening now is that the culture is more permeable, with artists collaborating more freely and working in different areas. The fact that such a venerable label as Deutsche Grammophon is opening up to new composers like me is a sea change, and I think you can feel it in the culture at large.”

The music on the album St. Carolyn by the Sea artfully blends immediacy and resonance, color and emotion. Rhythmically energized and melodically haunting by turns, the album’s beautiful title work – based on an hallucinatory episode in Jack Kerouac’s novel Big Sur – features the chiming guitar tones of both Dessner brothers woven into the fabric of the orchestra. “When writing for guitar on St. Carolyn by the Sea, I wanted to do something where it comes out in places with subtle solo lines but that fits in with the overall texture rather than dominating it,” the composer says. “I have no interest in importing rock tropes.” His bell-like guitar also colors Raphael, which Dessner wrote while experimenting with an old harmonium. “It develops out of a warm drone sound, something that it has in common with some early minimalist pieces.” The album’s centerpiece, Lachrimae, references both the John Dowland tune of the same name, something that Dessner has long played on guitar, and Britten’s orchestral work based on the Dowland. But the actual string writing in Dessner’s piece was inspired by one of his desert-island works: “Bartók is my favorite composer, and I think his Divertimento is the pinnacle of string writing.”

In celebration of the release of Dessner’s DG debut, pieces from St. Carolyn by the Sea were performed in March 2014 by the LPR ensemble under André de Ridder at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, as well as by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with Dessner as part of the MusicNOW Festival.

New Dessner compositions include Murder Ballades, a work inspired by American folk music, for the multiple Grammy-winning new-music ensemble eighth blackbird. The group premiered the piece in Eindhoven in 2013 and has recorded it for release in 2015. So Percussion premiered Dessner’s Music for Wood and Strings at Carnegie Hall in 2013, along with recording the piece for future release. The Kronos Quartet commissioned a quintet from Dessner entitled 40 Cannons, which premiered in May 2014 at London’s Barbican. The Brooklyn Youth Chorus commissioned Dessner’s Black Mountain Songs to be premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in November 2014, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic has commissioned a work from Dessner to be premiered in 2015.

Key past compositions by Dessner include the string quartets for Kronos (Aheym, Tenebre and Little Blue Something); Tour Eiffel for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind for Bang on a Can; The Long Count for orchestra and four singers, co-written with Aaron Dessner, for BAM’s Next Wave Festival; The Lincoln Shuffle, a cycle of pieces for brass ensemble and electric guitar premiered at Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Library for Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial; and Propolis for bass clarinet and electronics, co-composed with David Sheppard and Evan Ziporyn, for a sound pavilion by Matthew Ritchie.

“Every time I compose for a new performer or combination of instruments, I’m inspired and invigorated,” Dessner says. “It’s a beautiful thing to have a job where you’re constantly learning and expanding the limits of what you can do. I’m always dreaming up new ideas.”

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