Brooklyn Rider is a NY-based string quartet that has been (as NPR put it), “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” Their concerts blend traditional string quartet repertoire with brand new music that is created from a myriad of influences. By being as committed to creating new and relevant art as they are to creating masterful interpretations of the standards, Brooklyn Rider is managing to thrive in a world that is supposedly looking down on “classical music.” And they have collaborated with many of their colleagues from other artistic mediums to help create an art gallery on their website, creating an arts collective to reach an even wider audience. Check out their website for a full bio and more.
I’m very much a believer that chamber music (in all it’s many forms) will be the medium for classical music that takes us forward into our new social-network based world. And I think Brooklyn Rider is giving us all a good model to follow.