Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Watch: Brooklyn Rider - "A Walking Fire"

Your eyes aren't deceiving you. This is in fact a new track from New York based string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Right off the release of last year's Seven Steps, they're offering another sampling of their own brilliant take on tunes both of their own creation and from some of their friends/collaborators.

And that's what you get here. The title track of their upcoming album A Walking Fire, due out April 30th on Mercury Classics, is another piece by Brooklyn Rider's Colin Jacobsen. From his Three Miniatures for String Quartet, the first movement mixes the clear, simple melodies of Komitas Vartapet (whose Armenian Folk Songs were featured on 2008's Passport) along with a far more virtuosic displays in the short gypsy-recalling rhapsody. Not at all surprising considering draws from the influence of Iranian composer/kemancheh player Kayhan Kalhor.

Short but oh so very sweet, it's a rather attention-grabbing though not offensively showy piece. It's enough not only to get you properly excited for the other two movements of Jacobsen's Miniatures but also A Walking Fire in general. Luckily its release date is so closely on the horizon. Until then just keep hitting replay on this live video of Brooklyn Rider playing "A Walking Fire".


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