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March 16, 2018

Two Fifty for the Future Composers on NPR’s Fresh AIr

Our recent collaborations with Laurie Anderson – “Landfall” on Nonesuch Records – and Trio Da Kali – “Ladilikan” on World Circuit Records – were featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross today. Thank you to critic Milo Miles. Listen to the review here.

Laurie Anderson and Trio Da Kali’s Fodé Lassana Diabaté are both composers for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future. Scores, parts, recordings and more for Anderson’s and Diabaté‘s string quartets are available on our website free of charge.

March 09, 2018

Fifty for the Future at UCLA

We’ve been having a wonderful time working with student quartets at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music for the past two days during our CAP UCLA residency. They’ve surprised us more than once: collaborating with a tabla player to perform Amrit by Kala Ramnath, and reimagining Sunjata’s Time by Fodé Lassana Diabaté by adding thumb piano and percussion!

If you’re in the area, come by UCLA Royce Hall today at 7:15PM to see the 50/50 Quartet, a UCLA student/alumni ensemble, play these selections (and more) from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future on the Terrace for free! Afterwards, we’ll perform My Lai: Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert and Vân-Ánh Võ at 8PM.

CAP UCLA is a Legacy Partner of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future.

March 08, 2018

International Women’s Day

In light of International Women’s Day today, we challenge string quartets and other ensembles to reflect on their own repertoires. We have released 20 FREE scores and parts, 11 of which are composed by women, through Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire our open access education initiative that is commissioning 50 string quartets from 25 men and 25 women over five years. Listen to these pieces now, and visit individual composer pages for all of the scores and parts, recordings, instructional videos, interviews with the composers, and other learning materials.

February 16, 2018

Landfall: Kronos Collaboration with Laurie Anderson

Landfall, our collaboration with Laurie Anderson (Kronos’ Fifty for the Future Year 2 Composer), has now been released on Nonesuch Records! You can stream the entire album on YouTube, and order/stream the album here.

As one of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future composers, Anderson’s string quartet score Shutter Island is available through our open access education program:

January 25, 2018

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future — Year Four!

Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) is very happy to announce the 10 composers—five women and five men—who will be participating in Year Four of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project. Please welcome this eclectic group to the program as they join us in expanding the 21st-century string quartet repertoire for young players:

Bryce Dessner (USA)
Mario Galeano Toro (Colombia)
Susie Ibarra (USA)
Jlin (USA)
Lu Yun (Taiwan)
Vladimir Martynov (Russia)
Missy Mazzoli (USA)
Misato Mochizuki (Japan/France)
Terry Riley (USA)
Henry Threadgill (USA)

These ten composers will join composers from Years One, Two, and Three in creating new works, which Kronos will then premiere around the world. In addition, KPAA will provide companion materials for each piece, including scores, parts, recordings, videos, performance notes, and composer interviews, all of which will be distributed online and made available at no charge.


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