© Shervin Lainez

Bryce Dessner

© Shervin Lainez

Composer’s portrait Bryce Dessner

Nachtmusik at Pinakothek der Moderne

Saturday, 13th April 2024, 10 pm

Pinakothek der Moderne, Rotunda

BRYCE DESSNER electric guitar


Introductory talk with Bryce Dessner and Tom Schulz, 9 pm, Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium


›Pulsing‹ for string orchestra (2022) – GERMAN PREMIERE

›Little Blue Something‹ for string quartet (2012)

›Lachrimae‹ for string quartet (2012)

›Garcia Counterpoint‹ for electric guitar and tape (2015)

›Aheym‹ for chamber orchestra (2009)

›Little Blue Something‹ für Streichquartett (2012)

For Bryce Dessner, music is one thing more than anything else: boundless. Hardly any other artist moves between genres, styles and movements with such light-footedness and ease. Born in Cincinnati in 1976 and based in Paris, the multi-talented musician has no problem with boundaries. As a guitarist, he is a member of the US indie rock band ‘The National’, which was founded in 1999 and has a long-standing cult image. Beyond this, he composes classical works and writes film music. His music creates atmospherically dense, colourful soundscapes. The classical heritage shines through in them, as do influences from minimalism, electronic, spherical ambient music and folk. It is all as diverse as the cultural melting pot that is New York, from which he draws his inspiration, and yet it all seems astonishingly homogeneous. As part of the ‘Nachtmusik der Moderne’, Dessner can be experienced not only as a composer but also as a guitarist.


Before the concert begins at 10 p.m., the artists themselves or experts on their music will be guests and talk from 9 p.m. about their inspiration, sound vocabulary and creative process.


Before the introductory talks, the Pinakothek der Moderne offers a night tour through works by contemporary artists, designers or architects. The number of participants is limited and only possible with a pre-purchased concert ticket; registration for the guided tour up to two days before the concert at programm@pinakothek.de

Rotunde der Pinakothek der Moderne, Foto: Florian Ganslmeier
Rotunde der Pinakothek der Moderne, Foto: Florian Ganslmeier