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September 20, 2013

NPR Music Premieres Bryce Dessner & Kronos Quartet’s “Aheym” Video

NPR Music is premiering the title track and video from Aheym, the upcoming collaboration between critically acclaimed guitarist from The National and composer Bryce Dessner and Kronos Quartet. The video, directed by visual artist and longtime Dessner collaborator Matthew Ritchie, can streamed/shared here. Ritchie previously worked with Dessner on performance pieces The Long Count, Monstrance, The Morning Line and more. Preorder the album here.

Due November 5 on Anti- Records, Aheym features four original compositions by Dessner— who has previously collaborated with Steve Reich, Philip Glass, David Lang, Sufjan Stevens and many others—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.

Aheym also includes a performance dedicated to Laurence Neff, Kronos Quartet’s lighting designer of 25 years (Tenebre); a composition influenced by obscure Czech viola da gamba performers Irena and Vojtěch Havel (Little Blue Something); and Tour Eiffel, a setting of a poem by Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro that was originally commissioned by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (which perform the track on Aheym alongside Kronos Quartet) at the suggestion of Dessner’s close friend, composer Nico Muhly.

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