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September 22, 2017

Swedish TV takeover

A film of Kronos’ May 5th concert at Uppsala Konsert & Kongress will air on SVT 2 on Saturday, September 23, at 7:40PM. The program will feature recent works by Garth Knox, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Trio Da Kali’s Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Tanya Tagaq, and Nicole Lizée, as well as the world premiere of “The Riddle” by Sweden’s own Karin Rehnqvist. These pieces were composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, Kronos’ education and legacy project that is commissioning – and distributing for free – the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet. Kronos Quartet and Kronos Performing Arts Association are grateful to UKK for supporting this project as a Commissioning Partner.

The concert program will also include Terry Riley’s “One Earth, One People, One Love” from Sun Rings, and George S. Crumb’s Black Angels.

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September 21, 2017

My Lai featured on WNYC public radio

Today, tenor Rinde Eckert and composer Jonathan Berger appeared on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show to discuss My Lai: A monodrama for tenor, string quartet and Vietnamese instruments, which will be performed next week as part of BAM’s 2017 Next Wave Festival. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as “hauntingly beautiful” and “richly evocative” and by the Chicago Tribune as “absorbing” and “eloquent,” the chamber opera, composed by Berger with a libretto by novelist Harriet Scott Chessman, makes its New York debut September 27-30 at the BAM Harvey Theatre in Brooklyn (tickets are still available). Through an intimate character study of My Lai massacre whistleblower Hugh Thompson, Kronos, Eckert, and Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ expose the tragedy and trauma of war. Listen to the interview >

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September 18, 2017

We can’t wait for you to hear Ladilikan!

Ladilikan – Kronos’ new collaborative album with Trio Da Kali – is out now! The World Circuit Records release is available for streaming, download, on heavyweight 180g vinyl, and in a deluxe-edition casebound CD with a large size, full color booklet that includes in-depth liner notes. Order now >


“Solid gold wonderment” – fRoots
★★★★★ – The Financial Times
“Spellbinding” – The Observer
★★★★★ – The Irish Times
“A match made in heaven; a melodic, fairytale union” – PopMatters
★★★★★ – Evening Standard
“Elegant, exquisite” – The Guardian

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September 13, 2017

The first reviews of Ladilikan, our forthcoming album with Trio Da Kali, are in…

EDITOR’S PICK “A bold fusion of the musical traditions from the West and those of Africa: Western tempered scale instruments blend seamlessly with traditional African instruments, creating a wonderful musical hybrid that is engaging, fascinating and irresistible… If it is true that music crosses all boundaries and connects all of us with our common humanity, regardless of the usual divisions, then Ladilikan shines brightly as a wonderful example of putting that idea into practice. Perhaps collaborations like this can, in their own small way, show the road ahead for all of us.” – Folk Radio UK

Spellbinding… This encounter with three outstanding Malian musicians dazzles; and Nick Gold’s production has a winning vibrancy.” – The Guardian

Delightful… makes a repertoire of music that is centuries old sound vital and new; unlike anything you may have heard before” – The Economist’s 1843 Magazine

Entrancing… Trio Da Kali and the Kronos Quartet feel like a match made in heaven: musical soulmates. It’s a melodic, fairytale union, and Ladilikan is a sweet, soulful album… This is intercontinental hybridization at its most enchanting, an enjoyable cross-genre exploration filled with heart, harmony, and a vital energy that takes old traditions and makes them into something wonderful and new.” – PopMatters

Pre-order today >

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September 01, 2017

Sea Prayer: A 360 film written by Khaled Hosseini

Kronos is honored to have contributed to The Guardian‘s “Sea Prayer,” an animated virtual reality film inspired by Alan Kurdi. Watch it now >

Award-winning novelist Khaled Hosseini (Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns) commemorates the second anniversary of the three-year-old Syrian refugee’s death with an imagined monologue delivered by a father to his sleeping son on the night before their potentially fatal sea crossing to Europe. He reflects on life in Syria before the war – and on their unknown future.

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Concert Schedule

Sep27Brooklyn, New YorkBAM Harvey Theatre
Sep28Brooklyn, New YorkBAM Harvey Theatre
Sep29Brooklyn, New YorkBAM Harvey Theatre
Sep30Brooklyn, New YorkBAM Harvey Theatre
Oct7San Francisco, CaliforniaHerbst Theatre
Oct10Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaThe Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts

Kronos tours often! View all of our venues and dates.

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