Extra Eclectic

Multifaceted Bryce Dessner composes a work for the Labeque sisters

Composer and guitarist Bryce Dessner. Shervin Lainez

Extra Eclectic - Jan. 25


January 25, 2023

There have long been connections between classical music and rock. Many rock performers are classically trained. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, progressive rock welcomed conventions of classical music into rock songwriting. Today, you're likely to find many performers working in both genres simultaneously. Bryce Dessner is a great example, as the lead guitarist in the critically acclaimed band the National and as a composer who's written for the likes of the Kronos Quartet. Listen with Extra Eclectic host Steve Seel as he plays Dessner's Concerto for Two Pianos, written for the sister duo of Katia and Marielle Labeque.

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