On Wings Of Song: Listening To Another Species On Earth

The Knights

Take a flight of fancy with music inspired by bird songs 

 

Recent neuroscience studies suggest that hearing “enjoyable music” lights up the same mesolimbic reward pathway for both human beings and birds. Brooklyn-based orchestra The Knights’ On Wings of Song focuses on birds and other winged creatures through an arrangement of songs written for strings and percussion.

Repertory

C. Jacobsen/Aghaei: Ascending Bird

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

C. Jacobsen: Mirror for a Prince

Antonín Dvořák arr. C. Jacobsen: Songs My Mother Taught Me

Komitas arr. S. Aslamazyan: Song of the Little Partridge

Jessie Montgomery: Source Code

American Trad. arr. C. Jacobsen: Little Birdie

João Gilberto arr. C. Jacobsen: Undiu

Artist Profile

The Knights

THE KNIGHTS are a collective of adventurous musicians dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. Driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they inspire listeners with vibrant programs rooted in the classical tradition and passion for artistic discovery. The Knights evolved from late-night chamber music reading parties with friends at the home of violinist Colin Jacobsen and cellist Eric Jacobsen. The Jacobsen brothers together serve as artistic directors of The Knights, with Eric Jacobsen as conductor.

 

Proud to be known as “one of Brooklyn’s sterling cultural products… known far beyond the borough for their relaxed virtuosity and expansive repertory” (The New Yorker), the orchestra has toured extensively across the United States and Europe since their founding in 2007. The Knights are celebrated globally, appearing across the world’s most prestigious stages, including those at Tanglewood Music Center, Ravinia Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Vienna Musikverein, and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. The orchestra has collaborated with many renowned soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Béla Fleck, and Gil Shaham.

 

The Knights’ 2021-22 season features a U.S. tour with virtuoso pianist and composer Aaron Diehl; a collaboration with dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp; a new residency partnership with storied New York City venue the 92nd Street Y; and the release of a long-anticipated holiday album, The Knights Before Christmas, in late 2021.

Artist Profile

COLIN JACOBSEN

COLIN JACOBSEN is “one of the most interesting figures on the classical music scene” (The Washington Post). A violinist and eclectic composer who draws on a range of influences, he was named one of the top 100 composers under 40 by NPR listeners. He is also active as an Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning soloist and has toured with the Silk Road Ensemble since its inception in 2000. For his work as a founding member of two game-changing, audience-expanding ensembles – the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and orchestra The Knights – Jacobsen was selected from among the nation’s top visual, performing, media, and literary artists to receive a prestigious and substantial United States Artists Fellowship.  As a featured soloist and composer with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, he performed at the Sydney Opera House in a memorable concert streamed by millions of viewers worldwide. His compositions and arrangements for dance and theater include The Principles of Uncertainty, a collaboration between writer/illustrator Maira Kalman and Dance Heginbotham; and More Or Less I Am, a theatrical production of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself by Compagnia de’ Colombari. 

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