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July 17, 2015

Out Now: Beyond Zero: 1914-1918

We are excited to announce the release of Beyond Zero: 1914-1918, available now on DVD from Icarus Films. The piece - a collaboration between filmmaker Bill Morrison, composer Aleksandra Vrebalov and Kronos - was written to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Beyond Zero: 1914–1918 interweaves music, archival audio recordings, and films of the Great War. Watch an excerpt and purchase here.

Beyond Zero: 1914–1918 made its debut in 2014 at Cal Performances in Berkeley. The work has been presented by the quartet on tour to widespread acclaim, and was featured at the 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival. Reviewing a performance at the Edinburgh International Festival, The Scotsman called the 40-minute work “viscerally powerful, both shocking and fascinating in equal measure…set alongside the Kronos’ rich, expressive performance, it was an unforgettable experience.” 

Beyond Zero: 1914-1918

Sourcing original 35mm nitrate footage shot during the first World War, filmmaker Bill Morrison (Decasia, The Great Flood) has crafted a unique contemplation of WWI, piecing together a visual exploration from footage that has never been viewed by modern audiences.

Watch an excerpt here, and purchase the film here.

Beyond Zero: 1914–1918, with music by Aleksandra Vrebalov and film by Bill Morrison, is supported in part by an award to the Kronos Performing Arts Association from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Art Works.  Additional funding for the project is provided by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Beyond Zero: 1914–1918 was commissioned for the Kronos Quartet by Cal Performances;  National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial and Harriman-Jewell Series, Kansas City, Missouri; and Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College.

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