- January 11, 2017
Kronos is absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with The Academy for Teachers and Kronos’ Fifty for the Future Lead Partner Carnegie Hall to introduce music educators to the Kronos Learning Repertoire at a masterclass on Wednesday, February 15, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., in NYC.
With Kronos, the event will explore several pieces of contemporary string quartet music that are approachable by middle and high school instrumentalists and available for free online. These works are part of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future education initiative, which is commissioning 50 string quartets from 25 female and 25 male composers and musicians from around the world. The deadline to apply for the class is this Thursday, January 12. Click here to learn more!
- January 05, 2017
The emerging Tesla Quartet was awarded a two-week residency at Aldeburgh Music, through which they had the opportunity to invite a tutor of their choice to work with them for three days. As the Quartet plans to include Garth Knox‘s Fifty for the Future piece Satellites in their future programming, they invited Knox to coach them at Aldeburgh, resulting in some very fruitful working sessions.
We’re thrilled to see these talented young musicians engaging with Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, and we can’t wait to see where they take Knox’s Satellites next season!
- December 31, 2016
Congratulations to longtime friend and collaborator Tanya Tagaq on receiving the Order of Canada this week! Recognizing a wide array of artists, community activists, legal, medical, and scientific experts, and others, the Order recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
We are so proud to have Tagaq as a Fifty for the Future composer, and are delighted to congratulate her on this well-deserved honor!
- December 07, 2016
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.
- December 01, 2016
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!
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- Garth Knox Featured on WNYC’s “New Sounds”
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