BROOKLYN RIDER- Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike.
Last season, the group celebrated its tenth anniversary with the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project Brooklyn Rider Almanac, for which it recorded and toured 15 specially commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse. This season, Brooklyn Rider releases an album with Anne Sofie von Otter entitled So Many Things on Naïve Records, including music by Colin Jacobsen, Caroline Shaw, John Adams, Nico Muhly, Björk, Sting, Kate Bush and Elvis Costello, among others. Together they will tour material from the album and more in the U.S. and Europe, including stops at Carnegie Hall and the Opernhaus Zurich.
“They are four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
AMI YAMASAKI is a vocalist and cross-media artist from Tokyo. With primal vocals and movement, Yamasaki explores the relationship between us and our universe. Her art explores a fundamental question: «How does the world construct itself?» For her, the asking of this question is a love letter to life itself, more important than any answers that it yields. As a vocalist, Yamasaki has collaborated with psychedelic rock icon Keiji Haino, provided original music for choreographer Makoto Matsushima and appeared the stage «Burning shadow of a Man» directed by Yasunori Ikunishi.
She creates installations, performance pieces and directs films. In 2011 Yamasaki was invited to New York by the Reanimation Library and Proteus Gowanus, to participate in the opening of their Migration exhibition. She created a site-specific piece comprised of thousands of white paper feathers that cover the interior in vortex-like patterns. Yamasaki sings as she works, and the patterns she creates are a direct response to acoustic feedback she receives as each feather she applies alters the dynamics of the space. She sings, pastes, listens and—in her own words—“little by little, the space begins to make its own music.”
JAMES WOLF is a veteran member of the Washington, D.C. independent music community. He has played violin, guitar and keyboards on recordings and live performances with Air King, Laconic Chamber, La Reproduction Interdite, From Quagmire, The Gena Rowlands Band, The Nitrate Hymnal orchestra, The Picture is Dead, Fern Knight (Philadelphia), The Orchid, Sourdeline (France) and in collaborations with Doug Wolf, Jeff Barsky (Insect Factory) & Chris Videll (Tag Cloud). In early 2013, James began a violin-based solo project and released his first CD “Oh” in 2013. Assembled from several 2015 live performances, his second recording, “on se léve,” was released in 2016, on the Washington, D.C. experimental label, Verses Records. His new album on Verses, «That», will be released on October 27, 2017.