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January 23, 2018

A Thousand Thoughts: “You don’t have to be bound by a category or by what’s been done before.”

Yesterday, Kronos and filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini debuted A Thousand Thoughts – A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah. The premiere continues this Thursday at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts.

Bruce Kasanoff reviewed A Thousand Thoughts for Forbes, writing, “Green promised that the documentary would ‘use the story of the Kronos Quartet to create a larger work about the mysterious ways in which music moves us, about time passing, loss and beauty, and about utopia.’ That’s a tall order, but the live documentary delivers. It’s a pensive, rewarding, and touching experience. You feel humbled and awed to watch these performers in action as the history of their lives – and of musicians who preceded them – flashes behind them… What I value most about this event is the degree to which all involved have built a career out of busting traditional boundaries and preconceptions. A Thousand Thoughts is a powerful motivation tool for anyone who bristles at the idea of fitting into neat little boxes. You don’t have to be bound by a category or by what’s been done before. Yes, you may have to hustle or even raise funds on Kickstarter, but based on the audience’s reaction tonight, the extra effort will be more than worth it.” Read the full review >

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini have teamed up with Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet for a wildly creative multimedia performance piece that blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews with such prominent artists as Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man and Terry Riley. As Green tells the multi-decade and continent-spanning story of the groundbreaking string quartet, Kronos revisits its extensive body of work, performing music by George Crumb, Aleksandra Vrebalov and many others. Together on stage, Green and Kronos interact with the stirring cinematic imagery on screen to craft an important record and exploration of late 20th– and early 21st–century music. Transcending the typical live music and film event, this collaboration quickly becomes a meditation on music itself – the act of listening to it closely, the experience of feeling it deeply, and the power that it has to change the world.

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