Osso is a talented new string quartet of young players, several of whom have played in composer Sufjan Stevens’ bands. Sufjan is well known for his songs these days, but in 2001 he made an album of instrumental pieces about the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, “Enjoy Your Rabbit.” That album featured a lot of electronic keyboards, drum machines, and computers, but now those same pieces, with titles such as “Year of the Dog” and “Year of the Snake,” have been arranged for string quartet, and sound like they were always meant to be heard this way. Osso joins host David Garland in the WNYC Studio to talk about their project, and to perform these dramatic, edgy, colorful pieces on the radio for the first time.
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