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Bryce Dessner

Publisher: Chester Music

Aheym (Homeward) (2009)
Commissioned by Kronos Quartet for the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival. Premiere 12th March 2009 at the MusicNOW Festival and 18th July 2009 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Chester Music Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
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String Quartet
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10 Minutes
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Programme Note
Bryce Dessner Aheym (Homeward) (2009)
Aheym means ‘homeward’ in Yiddish, and this piece is written as musical evocation of the idea of flight and passage. As little boys, my brother and I used to spend hours with my grandmother, asking her about the details of how she came to America. (My father’s family were Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia). She could only give us a smattering of details, but they all found their way into our collective imagination, eventually becoming a part of our own cultural identity and connection to the past. In her poem “Di rayze aheym,” the American-Yiddish poet Irena Klepfisz, a professor at Barnard in New York and one of the few child survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto, writes: “Among strangers is her home. Here right here she must live. Her memories will become monuments."

Aheym is dedicated to my grandmother, Sarah Dessner.

(c) Bryce Dessner

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    Crossrail Place Roof Garden, London
    Project Instrumental
  • 25 JUN 2016
    Holland Festival Proms
    Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Nehterlands
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  • 28 APR 2016
    Zuiderstrandtheater, Den Haag, Holland
    Nederlands Dans Theater

    Other Dates:
    29,30 April; 18-20 May - Zuiderstrandtheater, Den Haag, Holland
    6 May - Schouwburg Arnhem, Arnhem, Holland
    11,13,14 May - Nationale Opera & Ballet Amsterdam, Holland
    12 May - Nationale Opera & Ballet Amsterdam
    25 May - Theater a/d Parade Den Bosch, Holland
    28 May - Theaters Tilburg Tilburg, Holland
    31 May - Parktheater Eindhoven, Eindhoven, Holland
    4 June - Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Groningen, Holland
    7 June - Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht, Holland
  • 13 FEB 2016
    Theater Dortmund, Germany
    Dortmunder Philharmoniker
    Philipp Armbruster, conductor
  • 24 JUN 2015
    Jacob's Pillow Festival
    Beckett, Massachusetts
    Ballet BC

    Other Dates:
    25-28 June - Beckett, Massachusetts
    5-7 November - Vancouver, Canada
  • 21 JUN 2015
    Cork Midsummer Festival
    Blackrock Observatory, Cork, Ireland
    Crash Ensemble
  • 17 APR 2015
    Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
    Kronos Quartet

    Other Dates:
    18 April - Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
  • 15 APR 2015
    Le Volcan, Niemeyer, France
    Kronos Quartet

    Other Dates:
    17 April - Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
  • 06 MAR 2015
    Frame of Mind - choreography by Rafael Bonachela
    Sydney Theatre, Sydney, Australia
    Sydney Dance Company

    Other Dates:
    7-21 March - Sydney Theatre, Sydney, Australia
    30 April; 1,2 May - Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, Australia
    6-16 May - Southbank Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
  • 22 FEB 2015
    Gefangen im tRaum (Trapped in a Dream) - choreography by Stephan Thoss
    Theater Regensburg, Germany
    Theater Regensburg

    Other Dates:
    27 February; 4,8,11,13 March; 9,26 April; 12,15,25 May; 30 June; 4 July - Theater Regensburg, Germany
  • 20 FEB 2015
    Mona Bismarck Center, Paris, France
    Zaide Quartet
  • 13 DEC 2014
    The National Concert Hall, Dublin, EIRE
    Crash Ensemble
  • 11 NOV 2014
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Kronos Quartet

    Other Dates:
    16 November - Brussels, Belgium
  • 18 SEP 2014
    Hamburg, Germany
    Ensemble Resonanz
  • 17 SEP 2014
    Sacrum Profanum Festival 2014
    Teatr Laznia Nowa, Krakow, Poland
    Kronos Quartet
  • 21 JUN 2014
    Home Place
    Cabot Theatre, Milwaukee, USA
    Present Music
  • 31 MAY 2014
    Primavera Sound Festival
    Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain
    Kronos Quartet
  • 11 MAY 2014
    Cork Opera House, Cork, Ireland
    Kronos Quartet
  • 29 MAR 2014
    Hillwood Recital Hall, Brookville Hall, New York
    Kronos Quartet
  • 22 MAR 2014
    Baldwin Auditorium, Durham, North Carolina, USA
    Kronos Quartet

    Other Dates:
    28 March - Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, USA
  • 11 MAR 2014
    Mandeville Auditorium, San Diego, California, USA
    Kronos Quartet
  • 13 FEB 2014
    Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Australia
    Orchestre de l’Association Court-CIrcuit
    Soft Soft Loud Ensemble, conductor
  • 14 NOV 2013
    New Orleans, LA
    Kronos Quartet
  • 08 NOV 2013
    Rhode Island School of Design Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
    Kronos Quartet
  • 21 OCT 2013
    Reynolds Hall – University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
    Kronos Quartet
  • 11 OCT 2013
    Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield, WI, USA
    Kronos Quartet
  • 04 OCT 2013
    The Days and Nights Festival
    Sunset Center, Carmel, CA
    The Days and Nights Festival Players

    Other Dates:
    5 October - Sunset Center, Carmel, CA
  • 10 SEP 2013
    Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Bogotá, Colombia
    Kronos Quartet
  • 08 AUG 2013
    Haldern Pop
    Haldern, Germany

The sensibility of his writing for string quartet is much the same as in his songs, and this translates into an incredibly interesting work.
Grant Damron,,12/9/2013
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