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May 11, 2015

New Album: “One Earth, One People, One Love”

In honor of Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Nonesuch Records releases One Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley—a five-disc box set of his work composed for, and performed by Kronos Quartet—on June 23, 2015. Riley and Kronos met more than 35 years ago, and since then, the quartet has commissioned 27 works by him, more than by any other composer in the group’s history.

The One Earth, One People, One Love set includes three albums previously released by Nonesuch—the two-disc album Salome Dances for Peace (1989), Requiem for Adam (2001), and The Cusp of Magic (2008)—as well as a new disc called Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry Riley. Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector includes a new recording of the title piece, which was Riley’s first for Kronos, as well as previously unreleased recordings of Lacrymosa – Remembering Kevin and One Earth, One People, One Love from Sun Rings, as well as Cry of a Lady, G Song, and Cadenza on the Night Plain. The new album, Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector, is also available for individual purchase.

Kronos’ founder and artistic director David Harrington says of the quartet’s remarkably fruitful relationship with Terry Riley, which began in the late 1970s at Mills College in Oakland, California: “There is no other composer who has added so many new musical words to our vocabulary, words from so many corners of the musical world. Terry introduced Kronos to Pandit Pran Nath, Zakir Hussain, Bruce Connor, La Monte Young, Anna Halprin, Hamza El Din, Jon Hassell, and Gil Evans.” He continues, “In a crazed world laced with violence and destruction he has consistently been a force for peace. Through his gentle leadership a path forward has emerged. Terry sets the standard for what it means to be a musician in our time.”
The box set and individual record are both available to pre-order on iTunes and at nonesuch.com with an immediate download of the piece G Song.

One Earth, One People, One Love  Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector

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