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August 23, 2017

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future featured on Violinist.com

Kronos violinist John Sherba recently spoke with Violinist.com about Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, our education and legacy project that is commissioning – and distributing for free – the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet:

“There are going to be a lot of new techniques and ways to describe music. I remember when we were working on an album we did called ‘Pieces of Africa’ with composers from all over Africa. During rehearsals, we’d be talking about how an elephant walks – who would ever think that would come up in a quartet rehearsal? Another composer would use the word ‘gluing’ to describe the rhythmic aspect and how to stay together. We expanded our whole vocabulary of how to describe and talk about music. That’s also the goal for anybody who would try to tackle all 50 compositions in ‘Fifty for the Future,’ to expand the vocabulary.”

Thank you Laurie! Check out the full article here on Violinist.com.

August 18, 2017

Kronos plays live to the solar eclipse on Monday (and there’s an app for that)

Kronos’ performance of Wayne Grim’s “233rd Day, before and after Totality” (a computer sonification of Monday’s total solar eclipse with live string quartet music) is SOLD OUT. However, to hear the concert, you do not have to be in the theater, at the Exploratorium, in San Francisco, or even in the United States! You just need a computer or phone. We’ll be one of the many live streams available on the Exploratorium’s website and free Total Solar Eclipse App for iOS and Android. The app, which includes information about the eclipse and safe viewing techniques, also allows users to view the eclipse live from their phones and tablets, and share to televisions in HD video.

On August 21, the sonification live stream begins at 9:15 a.m. PDT/12:15 p.m. EDT and Kronos begins playing at 10:30 a.m. PDT/1:30 p.m. EDT.

To learn more about our concert, check out NPR Classical’s article on Deceptive Cadence.

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July 18, 2017

New album out this fall: Kronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali’s “Ladilikan”

Kronos is thrilled to announce that World Circuit Records will release Ladilikan, the quartet’s joint album with Trio Da Kali on September 15. Listen to the first single on YouTube and Spotify.

Pre-order the album >

 
Trio Da Kali is a Malian griot ‘super-group’ formed, as part of Kronos’ third collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, in 2014 by musicologist Dr. Lucy Durán. Kronos is grateful for the ongoing partnership with AKMI, which brings the quartet together with leading musicians from around the world to compose, arrange, and perform new music rooted in regional traditions.

Comprised of incredibly gifted musicians from celebrated hereditary musical families in Mali, Trio Da Kali features balafon player Fodé Lassana Diabaté, a long-time member of Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra, bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté, the eldest son of the instrument’s greatest exponent Bassekou Kouyaté, and singer Hawa ‘Kassé Mady’ Diabate, daughter of Mali’s greatest traditional singer Kassé Mady Diabate.

Kronos is excited to share this wonderful music, which has previously been performed with Trio Da Kali in California, Maryland, and Switzerland. Giving a new voice to a timeless repertoire that is now endangered in contemporary Malian music, the album features arrangements by Fodé Lassana Diabaté and long-time Kronos collaborator Jacob Garchik that were commissioned by AKMI, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

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July 10, 2017

Folk Songs best of the year (so far)

The Boston Globe has highlighted Kronos’ recent Nonesuch Records release Folk Songs as one of the best classical albums of the year thus far. The collaboration includes Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, and Natalie Merchant singing traditional folk songs with arrangements by Jacob Garchik, Nico Muhly, Donnacha Dennehy, Gabe Witcher (of the Punch Brothers), and the singers themselves.

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June 22, 2017

One week left to support first ever Kronos documentary

Help innovative filmmaker Sam Green create A Thousand Thoughts: a Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet, a multimedia experiment that will blend live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews. Please support this project on Kickstarter by next Wednesday (June 28). Sam is already three-quarters of the way to his goal, and your generosity will get us over the finish line! Pledge now >

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Concert Schedule

Jan17Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaRebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre
Jan19New York, New YorkZankel Hall
Jan20Purchase, New YorkThe PepsiCo Theatre
Jan25Columbus, OhioMershon Auditorium
Feb2San Francisco, CaliforniaHerbst Theater
Feb5New York, New YorkMerkin Concert Hall

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

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