The Knights are not your typical orchestra. A hip young collective of New York City musicians, The Knights challenge the boundaries of convention through their innovative structure, communal rehearsal process, and creative programming. Collaborating with artists ranging from Dawn Upshaw and Gil Shaham to singer-songwriter Christina Courtin and fiddler Mark O’Connor to Middle Eastern musicians, The Knights have appeared at venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, Central Park, Le Poisson Rouge, the Dresden Musikfestspiele, and the National Gallery in Dublin, and will soon debut at Ravinia and at the Caramoor Festival with Yo-Yo Ma. The Knights have recorded two albums for SONY Classical, the second of which, New Worlds, was just released in the U.S. (New Worlds is available by clicking here).
I had the pleasure of speaking with the charismatic young conductor and cellist of The Knights, Eric Jacobsen, who formed the orchestra with his brother, violinist Colin Jacobsen. Eric describes how the orchestra gradually emerged from a group of friends reading chamber music into a critically-acclaimed ensemble that embraces the spirit of collectivity and collaboration and expands the possibilities of contemporary orchestral performance. For more information about Eric Jacobsen and The Knights, please visit http://www.jacobseneric.com/ and http://www.theknightsnyc.com/index.php.
– Kirsten Jermé