We're choosing Bryce Dessner's "Haven" from his upcoming album El Chan as our THURSDAY TRACK PICK this week.
“'Haven' was written for two pianos and two electric guitars and is woven out of very simple fragmented melodic ideas that are played on each instrument and offset, just slightly, to create a kaleidoscopic effect of rhythm and harmony," Dessner tells us. "The piece, while deceptively simple sounding, is extremely virtuosic to perform and an exciting challenge for all of us. This is part of an ongoing project called the MDH (Minimalist Dream House) Quartet I have been developing with pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque and guitarist/composer David Chalmin."
Known to many as guitarist and founding member of the Grammy Award-winning rock group The National, Bryce Dessner is one of the most sought-after composers of his generation: a Grammy Award-winning classical composer with commissions from the finest ensembles and institutions of today. His collaborations span multiple art forms, with colleagues including Alejandro Iñárritu, Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Caroline Shaw, Bon Iver, Justin Peck, Ragnar Kjartansson, Nico Muhly, as well as Philip Glass and Steve Reich.