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Brooklyn Rider’s new album, “A Walking Fire,” hot online and on the air

Brooklyn Rider’s first album on Mercury Classics, A Walking Fire, is one of the hottest classical releases in the country, reaching No. 2 on the iTunes classical rankings and debuting this week at No. 4 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Albums chart. Brooklyn Rider – the string quartet that “demystifies contemporary classical music and invites everyone into the tent,” says Time Out New York – got the word out about the album with high-profile broadcast appearances on NPR’s On Point, WNYC’s Soundcheck and WQXR’s Café Concerts. The group also performed a CD release concert at the Brooklyn club Littlefield earlier this month, playing works from the album – by Bartók, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin and Brooklyn Rider violinist Colin Jacobsen – and earning “whoops from the audience,” according to a report by Linked Music. The album itself got a glowing review in the Huffington Post, which praised the disc’s “intriguing program” on the way to pointing out how Brooklyn Rider has “emerged triumphantly as a headliner.”
The broadcast appearances keep coming for Brooklyn Rider, with the SiriusXM Pops program Boundaries to feature the group on May 11 (7 p.m.) and May 12 (11 p.m.). Performing live across the country and around the world on behalf of its new album, Brooklyn Rider has played spring events at Le Poisson Rouge, at the Oregon Bach Festival, in Atlanta and as part of the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert series on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, as well as in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Brooklyn Rider makes its U.K. debut with a concert at London’s Barbican on June 1 with Iranian kamancheh fiddle virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, a kindred spirit for the group. They met as collaborators in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and Kalhor teamed with Brooklyn Rider to record the album Silent City in 2008. Pitchfork said: “Experimentalism is always more rewarding when it leads to resounding emotional depth, and this is as good an example as you’ll find of a group of musicians achieving that ideal balance.”
Check out Brooklyn Rider on these broadcast programs:
NPR’s On Point:
WNYC’s Soundcheck
WQXR’s Café Concerts
Brooklyn Rider: upcoming appearances
June 1, 2013, 8:00 pm
London, England
The Barbican
With Kayhan Kalhor
More info
July 3, 2013, 8:00 pm
Santa Barbara, CA
Music Academy of the West
July 7, 2013, 4:30 pm
Katonah, NY
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
July 11, 2013, 7:30 pm
Rockport, ME
Bay Chamber Concerts
July 12, 2013, 9:00 pm
Rockport, ME
Bay Chamber Concerts
With Bridget Kibbey, harp
July 16, 2013, 8:00 pm
Highland Park, IL
Ravinia Festival
July 18, 2013, 7:30 pm
Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
July 20, 2013, 8:00 pm
New York, NY
Lincoln Center Festival
Aug 17, 2013, 6:30 pm
Bridgehampton, NY
Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival
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