Letter from Assistant Professor Ariana Kim announcing the release of The Knights new album and the beginning of a new tour:
Dear Friends and Family,
To my fellow New Yorkers, Happy Blizzard! I hope you are all enjoying a cozy and relaxing snow day.
I am honored and delighted to announce the launch of our seventh album, The Knights’ the ground beneath our feet, which will be released today, January 27th on Warner Classics. It is a compilation of live performances from our last domestic tour, at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
This record is particularly special to me because I had the joy of performing Steve Reich’s double violin concerto, Duet, on the album alongside my friend and colleague, Guillaume Pirard. We also just learned that NPR has chosen the Reich to be featured on “Songs We Love” later this week — you can check that out here!
the ground beneath our feet also includes two unique world premieres — a concerto for santur and violin written by Colin Jacobsen and Siamak Aghaei and the title track, the ground beneath our feet, written collectively for and by The Knights. J.S. Bach’s oboe and violin concerto and Stravinksy’s Dumbarton Oaks concerto bring the album full circle, and we are all thrilled to share our latest with you.
If you so desire, you can pre-order the album this week on iTunes and Amazon.
Last but not least, we are just about to embark on a domestic tour with the incomparable Béla Fleck featuring his own banjo concerto and other folk- and bluegrass-inspired music. The tour will include stops in Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
We kick off the tour right here in NYC with a concert at The Schimmel Center of Pace University on Wednesday evening, January 28th @ 7:30pm.
For more information on all of this Knights-iness, please feel free to visit our website at www.theknightsnyc.com.
Thank you so much for taking the time to see all that’s in this message, and I wish you all the very best in 2015.