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Tunes for a Monday Morning

Today, world-roaming music from Brooklyn Rider -- a New York based string quartet with a wonderfully interstitial, interdisciplinary, and genre-busting approach to their art.

Above, the group plays one of my all-time favorite pieces: "Mishima" by Philip Glass. I love the powerful simplicity of this performance: just four men and their instruments, no amplification, in a corner of the Rubin Museum in New York (a museum dedicated to the art of the Himalayas).  It's simply stunning.

Below, they're joined by the great fiddle player Martin Hayes to perform traditional Irish tunes, in an untraditional way, on New York radio.

And one more:

In the video below you'll see the lads of Brooklyn Rider in their other guise: as members of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. (Go here for information on the Silk Road Project.) The performance took place at a free concert in New York's Damrosch Park, filmed for the "Live from Lincoln Center" series. The music is "Wa Habbibi" and "Tancas Serradas a Muru," two movements from composer Osvaldo Golijov's "Air to Air." Golijov describes this piece as "music born from community."

A perfect way to start the week.