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May 26, 2017

JUST ANNOUNCED! Kronos’ “My Lai” at BAM’s Next Wave Festival

The 2017 Next Wave Festival at BAM was announced this week, and featured among the 31 programs is My Lai, with four performances on September 27 - 30.

Composed by Jonathan Berger with a libretto by Harriet Scott Chessman, the staged, evening-length monodrama for tenor, string quartet, and Vietnamese instruments features Kronos playing with Rinde Eckert and frequent collaborator Vân-Ánh Võ. My Lai focuses on the final days of Army Warrant Officer Hugh C. Thompson Jr., probing the emotional toll of the infamous 1968 civilian massacre by US troops in Vietnam that he unsuccessfully tried to stop and the ensuing military cover up that he successfully helped to prevent.

Having premiered a concert version in 2015 at Stanford University, where Berger is a professor, and the staged version in 2016 at Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance, this is the second performance of My Lai this season, which also includes presentations at the Singapore International Festival of Arts, Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and Hancher at the University of Iowa.

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May 25, 2017

Nonesuch drops 2nd single from forthcoming Folk Songs

We are thrilled to announce that Nonesuch Records has dropped the second single from our forthcoming album Folk Songs, which will be released on June 9 and is currently available for pre-order through the Nonesuch Store and iTunes. Listen to “Lullaby” with Rhiannon Giddens now:

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May 17, 2017

Kronos appears in first ever made-for-TV (and web) opera

KCET, the largest independent television station in the country based in Los Angeles, announced the release dates of Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser, composed by Lisa Bielawa on a libretto by Erik Ehn and directed by Charles Otte, and featuring over 350 musicians. All 12 episodes of the ambitious made-for-TV-and-internet opera will be made available online on May 31 and be broadcast nationwide on June 13. Visit the official Vireo website>

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May 05, 2017

AVAILABLE NOW! Five new string quartets from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future

As of today, you can now study and learn to play new string quartets written by Raven Chacon, Rhiannon Giddens, Yotam Haber, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Aleksander Kościów! Scores and parts, recordings, and learning materials are now available on our website, free of charge.

Commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, these new pieces join ten previously released works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Ken Benshoof, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Garth Knox, Nicole Lizée, Kala Ramnath, Tanya Tagaq, Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Wu Man. When completed, this collection will feature 50 new works composed by an eclectic, international group of 25 female and 25 male composers, and designed expressly for the training of student quartets and emerging professionals.

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May 01, 2017

The Unsettling Performance That Showed the World Through AI’s Eyes

“The world is not as it seems. More and more parts of our everyday life are able to be monitored, are able to be transformed into metadata. This has potentially very profound consequences for the structure of our everyday lives, and the structure of our societies at large.” – Trevor Paglen

In January, Kronos took centerstage in “Sight Machine,” a large-scale multimedia performance piece that explored the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and visual experience. WIRED magazine has just released a documentary short about this collaboration between artist Trevor Paglen, Kronos, and Obscura Digital that took place at the Orton Development construction site on Historic Pier 70 in San Francisco. This special event was presented by Stanford University’s Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts in tandem with the annual FOG Design+Art Fair.

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Concert Schedule

Jun8Los Angeles, CaliforniaLACMA | Bing Theater
Jun10San Francisco, CaliforniaSwitchboard Music Festival @ Z Space
Jun11San Rafael, CaliforniaKanbar Center for the Performing Arts
Jul5Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaDominion-Chalmers United Church
Aug12San Francisco, CaliforniaPresidio Officers' Club
Aug31SingaporeDrama Centre Theatre

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

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