July 20, 2009

Bryce Dessner Composes for Kronos, Interviewed by Pitchfork

It's been a slow July in Brassland, with nearly three weeks having passed since our last news post. But while we've kept our summer lazy, Bryce Dessner has stayed a busy boy. In addition to playing at the premiere of "2x5" by Steve Reich in Britain on July 2nd, there was the premiere of Bryce's own piece, "Aheym," for Kronos Quartet at Prospect Park this past Thursday for the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Following Kronos's performance, the paper of record wrote a nice little review that mentioned (in passing) both The National and Clogs. Some video from the event:

Also worthwhile is this Pitchfork interview with Bryce, asking him about his various endeavors both outside of and within The National. In the interview, Bryce talks about his Russian grandma, the 1976 World Series as inspiration for The Long Count, working with fellow Ohioans Kim and Kelley Deal, his role in Sufjan Stevens's Run Rabbit Run, and mixing the latest National record, which is tentatively scheduled for release in the first half of 2010.

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