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December 07, 2016

Rhiannon Giddens Nominated for Two Grammy Awards

The formidable Rhiannon Giddens (Fifty for the Future Composer, Year One) has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for Factory Girl: Best American Roots Performance on the title track, and Best Folk Album on the EP itself. Recorded during the T Bone Burnett–produced sessions for Rhiannon Giddens’s highly acclaimed solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, Factory Girl includes songs written or made famous by musical heroes Ethel Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharp; a song co-written by Giddens; a traditional Gaelic mouth music tune; and the title track, a traditional Irish song for which Giddens wrote additional lyrics. “It’s a clutch of tunes that work together like the cards in a winning poker hand,” says the New York Times. “Her accompaniment … points to an ageless gold standard for American roots music.” “Deftly curated, gorgeously sung,” says NPR, “this EP is America.”

Congratulations, Rhiannon! Kronos is honored to have you on our roster of Fifty for the Future composers.

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December 01, 2016

Residency at Cal Performances

Kronos is in residency with UC Berkeley’s Cal Performances this week. Today, we are in Oakland mentoring middle school and high school students from Oakland School for the Arts, coaching them through Kronos’ Fifty for the Future pieces by Wu Man and Ken Benshoof, as well as works by Philip Glass and other contemporary composers. We’re thrilled to see more and more young quartets bringing these pieces to life!

November 16, 2016

Share your Fifty for the Future videos with us!

Have you learned to play any of the string quartets from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future yet? Please share your videos with us!

For inspiration, check out some of the videos our Lead Partner Carnegie Hall has posted of the Ligeti, Argus, and Friction Quartets’ culminating performance of the Kronos Quartet Workshop presented by the Weill Music Institute last April. Here they are playing Garth Knox’s Satellites, Fodé Lassana Diabaté‘s Sunjata’s Time, and Wu Man’s Four Chinese Paintings.

November 07, 2016

JUST ANNOUNCED! Ecstatic Music Festival

It has recently been announced that Kronos will join Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music at The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR in NYC on Tue, Mar 7, at 7:30pm as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. This special concert will highlight works composed for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, and will feature us performing alongside string quartets from Face the Music, the country’s only youth ensemble dedicated to studying and performing music by living composers.

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November 02, 2016

Thalea String Quartet to Perform Fifty for the Future Works

We are so excited that Thalea String Quartet will join us for our KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017! On Day 3 of our Festival, they will perform an intimate concert of Fifty for the Future works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Garth Knox, and Wu Man. Thalea, the first-ever quartet in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, will also perform Terry Riley’s “Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector,” which was the first piece that the composer wrote for Kronos back in 1981, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw‘s “Entr’acte.”

Find out more about the program here, and purchase tickets here.

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