BRYCE DESSNER


Bryce Dessner

Sunday 9:00 PM at the Tennessee Theatre
The National + My Brightest Diamond


Bryce Dessner is a composer/guitarist/curator based in New York City, best known as the guitarist for acclaimed rock band The National.  Their recent albums Alligator (2005) and Boxer (2007) were named among the top 100 albums of the decade by various international press including Pitchfork, Uncut, Paste, and NME.

In addition to his work with the National, Bryce has also received widespread acclaim as a composer and guitarist for Clogs, who will release their 5th album in February 2010.  He has also performed and/or recorded with some of the world’s most dynamic musicians including: songwriters Sufjan Stevens, Antony Hegarty, and David Byrne; Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo; composers Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Philip Glass, and Michael Gordon; and contemporary music ensembles such as the Bang On A Can All-Stars and the Kronos Quartet.  Kronos debuted a string quartet written by Dessner in New York this past summer.

Alongside his brother Aaron, Bryce also recently co-composed The Long Count for the 2009 BAM Next Wave Festival. The 70-minute multi-media song cycle features singers Kim and Kelley Deal (Breeders, Pixies), Matt Berninger (The National), and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), as well as an animated film and set by visual artist Matthew Ritchie.

Bryce has been working behind the scenes as curator for some of  Big Ears 2010.  He will be performing with Clogs and collaborating with other artists throughout the weekend…with more than a few musical surprises in the works as well.

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