- July 10, 2015
Fifty for the Future Legacy Partner Aga Khan Music Initiative has joined forces with the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland to present Kronos in concert with Mali’s Trio Da Kali for a musically adventurous collaboration. Longtime collaborators with Kronos, the trio includes Mamadou Kouyaté on bass ngoni, Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté on vocals, and Fodé Lassana Diabaté, one of our first-year Fifty for the Future composers, on the 22-key balafon. Together, their performance will bring a creative twist to the repertoires and performance styles of West African griots.
Read more about the upcoming performance here.
- May 20, 2015
Kronos is set to perform Aleksandra Vrebalov’s new piece at The Sea Ranch this weekend in honor of the coastal community’s 50th birthday. Vrebalov, one of our first 10 composers for Fifty for the Future, composed The Sea Ranch Songs for the Ranch’s revolutionary architecture and its surrounding landscape. Kronos will present the world premiere of this piece this weekend in three free performances at the Knipp-Stengl Barn—Saturday 5/23 at 11am and 4pm, and Sunday 5/24 at 4pm—in what will be the grand finale of The Sea Ranch’s year-long birthday celebration.
Find out more information about the event here.
- April 23, 2015
Bay Area–based ensemble FIREBIRD debuts “The Plath Project” this Sunday, April 26, featuring works surrounding the poetry of Sylvia Plath. The group will perform the world premiere of In Plaster, a new piece by Yotam Haber, one of our 10 composers in this first year of Fifty for the Future. Written for soprano, clarinet, and piano, In Plaster musically transposes Plath’s poem of the same name into an illustration of two dueling personalities wrestling for Plath’s attention.
Learn more about the program and “The Plath Project” here.
- February 12, 2015
The incredible Rhiannon Giddens appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman last night! Rhiannon is one of the first 10 composers commissioned through Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project, and we can’t wait to perform with her again at Big Ears Festival next month.
- January 28, 2015
The Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association is pleased to announce an exciting new commissioning initiative – Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Beginning in the 2015/16 season, Kronos’ Fifty for the Future will commission a collection of 50 new works – ten per year for five years – devoted to the most recent approaches to the string quartet, designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. The works will be commissioned from an eclectic group of composers – 25 men and 25 women – and the collection will represent the truly globe-spanning state of the art of the string quartet in the 21st century.
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- Garth Knox Featured on WNYC’s “New Sounds”
- Concert Review: Kronos Quartet deliver a captivating performance with their Abu Dhabi debut
- Tanya Tagaq Wins Three BreakOut West Awards
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