Performance Monday, October 31, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Brooklyn Rider

Zankel Hall
Start a concert with a piece that Brooklyn Rider wrote as a group, end with Beethoven, and in between hear Philip Glass. It’s this flair for the unexpected and the eclectic that has made this top-notch group one to watch. As indie tastemaker Pitchfork puts it, they are “poised to earn attention on their own terms—regardless of which composers they work with.”


  • Brooklyn Rider
    ·· Johnny Gandelsman, Violin
    ·· Colin Jacobsen, Violin
    ·· Nicholas Cords, Viola
    ·· Eric Jacobsen, Cello
  • with Christopher Tignor, Electronics


  • BROOKLYN RIDER Seven Steps (NY Premiere)
  • CHRISTOPHER TIGNOR together into this unknowable night
  • PHILIP GLASS String Quartet No. 3, "Mishima"
  • ZORN Kol Nidre
  • BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

  • Encore:
  • ROD TEMPERTON "Thriller"


  • Brooklyn Rider

    The adventurous, genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that is attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world music, and rock critics. The quartet plays in settings as varied as Joe's Pub and Alice Tully Hall in New York City; Todaiji Temple in Japan; the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; San Francisco Jazz; and Austin's South By Southwest festival. The ensemble has appeared with songstresses Suzanne Vega and Christina Courtin, downtown jazz queen Jenny Scheinman, and legendary Irish fiddler Martin Hayes. The members of Brooklyn Rider are classically trained musicians who illuminate the music of Haydn, Debussy, and 300 years of string quartet repertoire. Veterans of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, they also draw inspiration from the exploding array of cultures and artistic energy found in their home borough of Brooklyn. 

    During the 2011-2012 season, Brooklyn Rider embarks on two US tours and its first trip to China, with concerts in Beijing and Hong Kong. In recent seasons, Brooklyn Rider has appeared at Lincoln Center as part of the inaugural Tully Scope festival, the Kölner Philharmonie, the American Academy in Rome, Malmö Festival in Sweden, Spoleto Festival USA, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the US Open Tennis Championship. Its new album, Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass, is one of NPR Classical's Best Albums of the Year (So Far). The group's previous albums, Dominant Curve and Passport, also are favorites of both classical and indie music critics.

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  • Christopher Tignor

    Christopher Tignor was born in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1976. He studied violin beginning at age three and picked up numerous other instruments over his years as a classical and rock performer. While a student at Bard College, he became interested in computers through their musical possibilities and began building live audio processing software for his early mentor, Richard Teitelbaum. He subsequently went on to study computer science with Edmond Schoenberg at New York University. and then music composition with Paul Lansky in Princeton University's doctoral program, his first formal introduction to composition. He is best known for his compositions for the avant-rock bands Slow Six and Wires Under Tension, available from the Western Vinyl and New Albion record labels.

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Colin Jacobsen Achille's Heel (Second Bounce)
Brooklyn Rider
In A Circle Records

Program Notes

Program Notes
This performance is part of Off the Beaten Track.