Why Brooklyn Rider are unlike any other string quartet on the planet

7 May 2014, 17:31

New York-based string quartet Brooklyn Rider paid us a visit, giving us an incredible exclusive performance - but what is it about this genre-exploding foursome that sets them apart from the rest of the classical world?

They don't even sit down

Except for cellist Eric, obviously.


They're ready to play NOW

Like, right now.


They're not afraid of challenging, innovative repertoire

Ascending Bird, the tune they played for us, is a traditional Persian tune arranged by violinist Colin Jacobsen.

They're fond of fluffy items

Very fond indeed.


They've got a Kickstarter for their amazing new recording project

It features all manner of jazz and rock composers, all with new works to be commissioned for the Almanac project. Get donating. 


And, best of all, they played the Classic FM jingle for us

Albeit with their own unique take on it. Thanks, chaps.



Watch Brooklyn Rider perform 'Ascending Bird'

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The Super Mario Brothers theme

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