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Date: June 17, 2018

Time: All-day; events begin at 1:00 PM

City: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Venue: multiple venues in the Muziekgebouw complex

Presenter: Holland Festival

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Kronos Sessions

All day long, Kronos Quartet takes over the Muziekgebouw and the Bimhuis. Immerse yourself in this mini-festival with concerts, films, public masterclasses, and lots of music from Kronos and friends.

Muziekgebouw, Grote Zaal

1:00 PM – Kronos Quartet & Mahsa Vahdat
In the first concert in the Grote Zaal, Kronos will share the stage with the Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat. She is one of the most influential singers and performers of Persian vocal music. She sings, accompanied by Kronos, her own songs on texts by classical Persian poets. The Kronos Quartet also plays the world premiere of one of the newest projects from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project.

3:45 PM – Ragazze plays Kronos Classics
If there is one Dutch string quartet that is just as adventurous as the Kronos Quartet and just as eager to find the boundaries of the discipline, then it is the Ragazze Quartet. Previous festivals saw the quartet playing George Crumbs’ Black Angels, one of the first compositions in the repertoire of Kronos. In this concert, Ragazze plays other favorite Kronos classics, including works by composers such as Aleksandra Vrebalov, Terry Riley (with jazz trio Kapok) and Carlos Paredes (arr. Osvaldo Golijov).

6:15 PM – Kronos Quartet & Vân-Ánh Võ & Jherek Bischoff
In the first half of the concert Kronos Quartet plays with Vân-Ánh Võ. She is a US-based Vietnamese musician and an Emmy Award-winning composer, who combines traditional Vietnamese instruments with influences from the rest of the world. The second half of the concert the Kronos Quartet shares the stage with the American musician and composer Jherek Bischoff, who has been described as ‘the connecting factor’ between pop, rock and classical music.


2:30 PM – Jherek Bischoff
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Jherek Bischoff has previously played with Kronos Quartet, David Byrne, Robert Wilson and Neil Gaiman. His work covers diverse genres such as pop, indie rock, classical and ambient. This concert he shares the stage with the string quartet Stargaze Strings, which later on can be seen in the Holland Festival Proms.

5:00 PM – Trio Da Kali
Trio Da Kali plays songs from his own repertoire of contemporary griot music in this session. The Malian trio consists of Hawa Kasse Mady Diabaté (vocals), Mamadou Kouyaté (bas-ngoni) and Fodé Lassana Diabaté (balafon). ‘Da kali’ means ‘to swear an oath,’ in this case the promise of the griot (a kind of bard and history keeper) to continue the Malian musical tradition.

7:45 PM – Masterclass David Harrington
David Harrington, artistic director and founder of the Kronos Quartet, gives a public masterclass. Harrington has been working with composers and musicians from all over the world for more than forty years. Under his leadership, a student quartet from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague works on a new work from the Kronos’ Fifty for the Future repertoire. The public is invited to get acquainted with the quartet and to see David Harrington at work.

Music building, Small Hall

2:30 PM – Masterclass Sunny Yang
Sunny Yang, cellist of the Kronos Quartet since 2013, gives a public masterclass. A Dutch string quartet studying at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague is working under her direction on a composition from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future open-access education initiative.

5:00 PM – Mahsa Vahdat
The Iranian Mahsa Vahdat sings songs that originate from the Persian vocal tradition: classical and regional folk music, but with a contemporary approach. She composes most of her songs herself, often based on poems by great Persian poets such as Hafez and Rumi. In this concert, she performs with the Norwegian jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen.

7:45 PM – Vân-Ánh Võ
The US-based Vietnamese musician Vân-Ánh Võ is one of the most prominent players of Vietnamese instruments, such as the đàn tranh (a string instrument). In this concert, she lets music from different regions of Vietnam flow together with contemporary western soundscapes. In addition, she plays adaptations of American music for her instruments.

Atrium chamber

from 2:15 PM – Movies
Kronos played many memorable soundtracks. You can hear Kronos in films like Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (music by Aleksandra Vrebalov), Requiem for a Dream (Clint Mansell), Dracula (Philip Glass) and The Green Fog (Jacob Garchik). These films and others can be seen in this special film program.

Atrium room

2:30 PM – Masterclass John Sherba
5:00 PM – Masterclass Hank Dutt

John Sherba (violin) and Hank Dutt (viola) of the Kronos Quartet each give a public masterclass. Under their guidance, string quartets that study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague will work on a composition from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future open access education initiative.

7:45 PM – Ebonit Saxophone Quartet
Two years ago, this Dutch saxophone quartet participated in a masterclass with Kronos’ Hank Dutt at the festival. They studied Sunjata’s Time by Fodé Lassana Diabaté (Trio Da Kali). This year, they play it, as well as work by composers Philip Glass and Tristan Keuris, in their own concert during the Kronos Sessions.

from 2:00 PM – Fifty for the Future stage
Two years ago Kronos started its praiseworthy Fifty for the Future project, which will, over a period of five years, commission 50 string quartets from composers from all over the world. Thirty of them have since been published. Up-and-coming string quartets from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague will play a selection from this catalogue of modern string quartet music throughout the day at the special Fifty for the Future stage. Holland Festival is Legacy Partner of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future.

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