My first encounter with the musicians of Brooklyn Rider was in New York City's Avery Fisher Hall when I attended the debut performance of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble in 2002 - of which they are the "resident" string quartet. I traveled from Chicago to participate in the first comprehensive educator workshop organized by the not for profit Silk Road Project. Members of the Silk Road Ensemble, including Brooklyn Rider, engaged all of the educators in a series of workshops pertaining to the musical and cultural study of regions along the ancient Silk Road routes.
I can go on about The Silk Road Ensemble and The Silk Road Project, but this post is about
Brooklyn Rider - a quartet of consummate string musicians who have re-defined the traditional classical chamber music lexicon to include music deeply rooted in traditional cultures from around the world.
The other day Brooklyn Rider stopped by the studios of On Point with Tom Ashbrook. Take a listen to this segment of performances and interviews.
String Quartet - Brooklyn Rider
I think it was last year that Brooklyn Rider stopped by the NPR studios in Washington, D.C. to perform on the Tiny Desk Concert Series. Here's a video of their performance.
I should probably also include Brooklyn Rider's official website.