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Bryce Dessner

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Bryce Dessner is continually expanding his music horizons. Be it as guitarist for the Country wide, curator from the MusicNOW event, maker, or composer-in-residence, he’s usually involved with creating songs, sketching on a variety of components and influences, be it music of additional cultures or designs. A lot of his innovative energy is usually sparked by collaborations with additional music artists. Dessner and his twin sibling Aaron possess both performed music since child years. Bryce gained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s level in music at Yale. The brothers became a member of with Bryan and Scott Devendorf and Matt Berninger to create the indie rock-band the Country wide in NY in 1999. In 2001, simply as the Country wide released its 1st album around the Brassland Information label — co-founded from the Dessner brothers and Alec Hanley Bemis — Bryce became a member of a few of his Yale classmates, including Padma Newsome, to create Clogs, an ensemble collaboratively creating mainly acoustic, instrumental music. Dessner founded the Cincinnati-based MusicNOW event in 2006, which shows contemporary music. Over time it has presented a global roster of guests which range from Glenn Kotche, Bell Orchestre, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Therefore Percussion, and Sufjan Stevens towards the Kronos Quartet, the Cincinnati Symphony, as well as the Lone Bellow. He’s also aimed celebrations in Brooklyn, London, and Cork, Ireland, some merging additional arts with music. In the past due 2000s/early 2010s, Dessner started getting commissions from agencies like the American Composers Community forum as well as the Brooklyn Academy of Music. A payment from Kronos Quartet, Aheym (2009), was the first ever to provide him wider interest and was the centerpiece on the Kronos 2013 disk specialized in his music. St. Carolyn by the ocean (2011), a dual concerto for electrical guitars, commissioned partly by Muziekgebouw Eindhoven alongside two various other Dessner functions, was matched with film music by Jonny Greenwood because of its premiere documenting performed with the Copenhagen Philharmonic and Andre de Ridder, released in 2014 on Deutsche Grammophon. Various other notable Dessner masterpieces are Music for Timber and Strings, for Therefore Percussion, performed on musical instruments created by Dessner and Aron Sanchez; and Murder Ballades, highlighted on 8th Blackbird’s Grammy-nominated record Filament. Another Grammy-nominated record with Dessner’s name onto it was the National’s 2013 Difficulty WILL SEE Me, which he proved helpful as manufacturer and orchestrator in addition to performer. In 2013, Dessner became composer-in-residence at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven to get a three-year period.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bryce Dessner
Profession Film producer, Curator, Guitarist, Film Score Composer
Education Yale University
Nationality American
Siblings Aaron Dessner
Music Groups The National, Clogs
Music Songs About Today, I Need My Girl, The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness, Fake Empire, Exile Vilify, Bloodbuzz Ohio, Graceless, Don't Swallow the Cap, Terrible Love, Pink Rabbits, Mercury, Conversation 16, Sea of Love, Sorrow, Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks, Anyone's Ghost, Afraid Of Everyone, I Should Live in Salt, This Is the Last Time, Slow Show, Green Gloves, Mistaken for Strangers, Apartment Story, Jupiter, Saturn, The Rains of Castamere, Runaway, Lemonworld, Mr November, Think You Can Wait, Demons, Start a War
Albums Trouble Will Find Me, Bryce Dessner: Aheym, St. Carolyn by the Sea / Suite From "There Will Be Blood", Planetarium, High Violet, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, The National, Alligator, Music for Heart and Breath, A Lot of Sorrow, The Virginia EP, Music for Wood and Strings
Movies Transpecos, Mistaken for Strangers, Big Sur, Colony, A Skin, A Night


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1 Member of the band The National.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
De plus belle 2017 performer: "Fake Empire" / writer: "Fake Empire"
Pete Holmes: Faces and Sounds 2016 TV Special writer: "Mistaken for Strangers"
Person of Interest 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 2016 writer: "Green Gloves"
The Revenant 2015 writer: "Lachrimae"
Dheepan 2015 music: "Tour Eiffel" / performer: "Tour Eiffel" / writer: "Tour Eiffel"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series music - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Conan 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
11.6 2013 writer: "Fake Empire"
Grey's Anatomy 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bully 2011/I Documentary writer: "Kapsburger"
Win Win 2011 producer: "Think You Can Wait"
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front 2011 Documentary writer: "Cherry Tree"
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Company Men 2010 writer: "Fake Empire"
Bouquet final 2008 "Fake Empire", "About Today"
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist 2008 writer: "All the Wine"
Battle in Seattle 2007 as Bryce David Dessner, "Fake Empire"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
From ATP: From Ghosts 2014 Short associate producer
From ATP: From God 2014 Short associate producer
From ATP: From Midden 2014 Short associate producer
From ATP: From Pain and Pleasure 2014 Documentary associate producer
From ATP: From Smoke 2014 Short associate producer
Mistaken for Strangers 2013 Documentary co-producer

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson 2017 Documentary
Transpecos 2016
Mistaken for Strangers 2013 Documentary as The National
Big Sur 2013
Me and the Moilsies 2001 Short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson 2017 Documentary musician: guitar, cello, programming
The Revenant 2015 composer: additional music
Big Sur 2013 musician: guitars, piano, keyboards
Turn the River 2007 composer: additional music / musician

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Comedy Bang! Bang! 2014 TV Series
A Lot of Sorrow 2013 Video Guitarist

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Conan 2013 TV Series Himself - The National
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2013 TV Series Himself
Live from the Artists Den 2013 TV Series Guitar, Backing Vocals
Late Show with David Letterman 2013 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2013 TV Series Himself - Musical guest
Mistaken for Strangers 2013 Documentary Himself
Spin's 25th Anniversary Concert Series 2010 TV Mini-Series Himself
A Skin, a Night 2008 Video documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Musical Score The Revenant (2015) · Carsten Nicolai
· Ryuichi Sakamoto

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Original Score The Revenant (2015) · Carsten Nicolai
· Ryuichi Sakamoto
2016 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Score The Revenant (2015) · Ryuichi Sakamoto
· Carsten Nicolai (as Alva Noto)
2015 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Original Score or Soundtrack The Revenant (2015) · Ryuichi Sakamoto
· Carsten Nicolai
2015 IFMCA Award International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film The Revenant (2015) · Ryuichi Sakamoto
· Carsten Nicolai (as Alva Noto)


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1 To me a song like 'Demons' or 'Trouble Will Find Me' are acknowledgments that you can't really plan for life and you can't plan for trouble. As much as you try to organize your life, your life will surprise you. And sometimes trouble's not a bad thing. In terms of the music it almost feels like it's a good thing - you never know when a song is going to surprise you. We look for these subversive moments in songs.


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