ReMix: Bryce Dessner
March 11-12 | 2016
Bryce Dessner ELECTRIC GUITAR
Travis Andrews electric guitar
Brett Mitchell CONDUCTS
St. Carolyn by the Sea
at Dallas City Performance Hall
Due to a family emergency, Aaron Dessner is unable to perform with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra this weekend. We are fortunate that Travis Andrews is able to appear together with Bryce Dessner as soloist, performing St. Carolyn by the Sea in concerts at ReMix on March 11 and 12.
The ReMix series, currently in its third season, is the Dallas Symphony’s innovative new concert series at Dallas City Performance Hall. The upcoming program on March 11-12, 2016, features Bryce Dessner, founding member of GRAMMY®-nominated indie rock band The National and Travis Andrews, as soloists on electric guitars on St. Carolyn by the Sea, a composition by Bryce Dessner.
ReMix features a relaxed concert experience, no intermission, drinks you can bring into the concert hall and a chance to meet and mingle with musicians after the performance.
- The National's Bryce Dessner Goes Classical with the DSO
"Exciting performances of contemporary classical music can be hard to come by in Dallas. This ReMix program offers a refreshing glimpse into the new and the now. It’s also an opportunity to see a musician you know best from one genre switch gracefully into another."
Bryce Dessner is probably best known for his role as guitarist in the baritone-driven indie rock band The National, but he is equally accomplished as a classical composer.
“A lot of people ask how I ended up doing classical music given that I’m in a rock band,” he says, speaking from his home in France. “The truth is that it’s the other way around. I was trained as a classical musician and then started playing in a rock band later.”
Dessner grew up studying classical flute, guitar and piano. He started playing in rock bands with his brother Aaron when he was 13, but classical music remained his primary academic focus (he earned a master’s degree in composition from the Yale School of Music).
“In terms of identity, I’m the same person no matter what I’m doing,” he says. “Obviously any living musician born after 1960 has been touched by rock and roll. It’s the music of our time and it’s ‘in the air,’ as Steve Reich would say. My experience of it is just really direct because I’m actually playing in a collaborative band.”
As a composer, Dessner has worked closely with a who’s-who list of great American minimalists — he has toured with Philip Glass and he counts Steve Reich as a mentor and collaborator. You can hear their distinctive aesthetic influence in the pulsing, forward momentum of many of Dessner’s classical compositions.