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The Brooklyn Rider Almanac Challenge


Greetings from Brooklyn Rider! We are a string quartet, and have loved visiting the UNC-Chapel Hill campus for the past couple of years. We play quartets by Beethoven and Mozart, but we also actively engage with the music of our time through global collaborators who work in many different musical and artistic mediums. Our name is partially inspired by the artistic collective known as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), active about 100 years ago in Germany. Additionally, we draw a lot of inspiration from the array of cultures that call Brooklyn home – which happens to be our home as well!

The Blue Rider published a beautiful and influential almanac in 1912. This almanac included articles, artwork, and music from a large array of sources (Kandinsky and Schoenberg were two key members of the Blue Rider). A century later, we are attempting to create an almanac for our time called “The Brooklyn Rider Almanac.” This almanac will revolve around a series of musical compositions that we have already asked some of our friends from the jazz and rock worlds to write for us. We also asked these composers to name an artistic figure from any medium from the last 50 years to help inspire the piece.

And here is the part that relates to y’all – rather than publishing an old-fashioned paper almanac, we are creating a website to make it all come to life: an Almanac for the 21st century. With your help, we can make these compositions, the composers associated with the project, and their sources of inspiration come alive for the public in unexpected and beautiful ways.


We are seeking content contributors for the Brooklyn Rider Almanac website from the best creative and scholarly minds that UNC Chapel Hill has to offer! We need people who are talented video artists, animators, writers, historians, designers, etc. We are asking you to give us some biographical information about yourself (a paragraph or short resume/CV), write a paragraph or two on why you would like to be considered for this project in general terms, and submit a couple of examples of your past work.

If you are excited about this, but unsure about how you would contribute, apply anyway! We are seeking people who do whatever it is that they do really well – your special skill could form a surprising connection with this project. The work just as to be presentable in the context of a website (sorry all of your budding perfumers)!

The winning candidates (Brooklyn Rider will choose up to three) will then enter into a direct conversation with Brooklyn Rider. From this conversation, a specific project plan will be formulated where we can help to make a specific connection. Remember, the idea is to reveal something unique about one of the compositions or their related source of inspiration. Your contribution could be a music video, an interactive graphic, an interview, a game, an article, a work of art done in response, a re-mix, etc. The final work will be included in the public online version of “The Brooklyn Rider Almanac.”

WHEN: “The Brooklyn Rider Almanac” is going live sometime around September 2014, one year from now. We are looking for your initial materials by November 15, 2013, and we will be choosing up to three qualified individuals to be included in the project. After consulting with Brooklyn Rider, the winning students must complete their projects by May 15, 2014. This challenge is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.

HOW: Materials will be submitted and reviewed via Sakai. Go to the UNC Sakai site, click “Membership” and search for the site “BRalmanac.” You can add yourself as a participant to read more about the project, listen to Brooklyn Rider talk about the project, and submit your application.

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