Watch! Kronos Quartet & Bryce Dessner – Aheym

Some cool and interesting stuff here. Bryce Dessner (of The National fame) has teamed with the Kronos Quartet – the team responsible for that super popular piece of modern classical music (Lux Aeterna) that first appeared in the film Requiem for a Dream but has been used countless times. Anyway, Bryce is putting on his composer hat and will put out an album called Aheym on November 5.

Bryce Dessner and Kronos Quartet - Aheym via Screen Cap
From the Anti- Records website, “Aheym features four original compositions by Dessner performed by Kronos 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.”

The track Aheym is a fascinating and aggressive piece of music that changes tone and direction many times over the 10 minutes. Check out the video below.

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