The string quartet Brooklyn Rider was the only classical group to be included in this year's South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Their high-energy performing style and occasional gigs in rock clubs is helping to shake up the once staid image of the string quartet.
Brooklyn Rider's new album "Dominant Curve" features music from John Cage and Debussy, both of whom looked East for inspiration. The were guests on WNYC's Soundcheck, where they talked about the global inspirations for their sound, and performed live.
The piece they're playing here is "Loveland," an excerpt from "Achilles Heel" composed by Brooklyn Rider violinist Collin Jacobsen.