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August 23, 2017

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future featured on

Kronos violinist John Sherba recently spoke with about Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, our education and legacy project that is commissioning – and distributing for free – the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet:

“There are going to be a lot of new techniques and ways to describe music. I remember when we were working on an album we did called ‘Pieces of Africa’ with composers from all over Africa. During rehearsals, we’d be talking about how an elephant walks – who would ever think that would come up in a quartet rehearsal? Another composer would use the word ‘gluing’ to describe the rhythmic aspect and how to stay together. We expanded our whole vocabulary of how to describe and talk about music. That’s also the goal for anybody who would try to tackle all 50 compositions in ‘Fifty for the Future,’ to expand the vocabulary.”

Thank you Laurie! Check out the full article here on

August 10, 2017

“If you teach or study a string instrument, here’s something that should delight you.”

Thank you, WXXI Classical 91.5, for highlighting Kronos’ Fifty for the Future last weekend! Check out the piece here, and if you haven’t heard the young groups around the world who are tackling Fifty for the Future pieces, check out our playlist here!

July 28, 2017

Thank you WOSU Public Media!

A big thank you to WOSU Public Media for featuring Kronos’ Fifty for the Future as a way of keeping the arts accessible, calling the project “elegant in its simplicity.” We greatly appreciate their continued support, and are looking forward to visiting them and the rest of Columbus in January 2018 for the premiere of “A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet” at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

A quick note to our fans: WOSU’s Classical 101 is running an instrument drive. If you have an unplayed instrument at home taking up space in your closet or attic, please consider donating it to “Replay!” or your local public school music program.

July 19, 2017

Ladilikan: New Collaborative Album with Trio Da Kali

Yesterday, we announced our new collaborative album with Trio Da Kali called Ladilikan, due out September 15 on World Circuit Records. Trio Da Kali’s artistic director and balafon player is none other than Fodé Lassana Diabaté, one of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future Year 1 composers! Listen to and learn about the piece that he composed on balafon for string quartet here, and if you haven’t heard our first single with Trio Da Kali yet, check out “Eh Ya Ye” on Spotify or YouTube.

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July 11, 2017

Fifty for the Future on SiriusXM Symphony Hall’s “Living American”

Did you miss David Srebnik’s interview with Kronos’ artistic director, founder, and violinist David Harrington on SiriusXM Symphony Hall’s “Living American,” a weekly series devoted to living American composers, yesterday? You can catch it again on SiriusXM Radio Channel 76 (or stream online) on FRIDAY (July 14) at Midnight ET / 9PM PT, or Sunday (July 16) at 6PM ET / 3PM PT.

You’ll hear music composed for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future by Ken Benshoof, Wu Man, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Kala Ramnath, as well as a live version of Bryce Dessner’s Aheym, recorded in the SiriusXM Performance Theatre in Washington DC, “God Music” from George Crumb’s Black Angels, and “The Ecstasy” from Terry Riley’s Salome Dances for Peace.


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