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March 16, 2018

Landfall and Ladilikan reviewed on Fresh Air

Our recent collaborations with Laurie AndersonLandfall on Nonesuch Records – and Trio Da KaliLadilikan on World Circuit Records – were featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross yesterday. Listen to the reviews below.

March 07, 2018

CocoRosie added to Kronos Festival 2018 lineup

Kronos is thrilled to announce that CocoRosie has been added to the Kronos Festival 2018 lineup! The experimental pop duo joins Kronos Quartet on Opening Night to debut their first ever project together.

Running April 26, 27 and 28 at SFJAZZ Center, our fourth annual hometown music festival also features David Coulter as artist-in-residence and guests Trio Da Kali, Mahsa Vahdat, Zakir Hussain, Jolie Holland, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Vân-Ánh Võ, Amaranth Quartet, Sahba Aminikia, The Living Earth Show, bran(…)pos, and Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts’ Dragon String Quartet. To get a taste of this year’s guest artists and composers, check out the new Kronos Festival 2018 artist spotlight Spotify playlist below.

February 28, 2018

Kronos and Gordon collaborations to be released May 4

Cantaloupe Music will release Kronos’ next album Clouded Yellow, which features music composed for Kronos by Michael Gordon, on May 4.

If you’re in the New York area, please join Kronos for one of two album release concerts at Joe’s Pub at The Public on May 5 at 7 & 9:30PM. Tickets >

Watch the video below to hear Kronos perform Gordon’s “Clouded Yellow” in 2014 at the Switchboard Music Festival in San Francisco.

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February 16, 2018

“Superb and exceptionally intelligent” Landfall out today!

Nonesuch Records released Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet’s Landfall today. Check out the first reviews below and click here to stream it now or purchase a digital download, CD, or 2xLP.

“An uninterrupted stroke of imagination” – SPIN

“Finds beauty in even the darkest of disasters, a discovery that can be applied to everyday struggles” – Newsday (★★★☆)

“Loss is one of the core elements of the human psyche. It shapes us and it resonates in us. Music which powerfully evokes it chimes with us like no other.” – The Quietus

“Superb and exceptionally intelligent; nothing short of excellent… clearly in the running for HorizonVU Music’s best pick for 2018” – Horizon VU Music

“What impresses is the variety of rhythmic figures throughout the album, with some exquisitely subtle modulations. Anderson grounds the piece in the world of human emotional experience rather than material loss” – The Line Of Best Fit (8.5/10)

“Extraordinary; some of the most brilliant [music] I’ve heard in a long time:” – Blogcritics

“There is much joy to be had from an aural memorial of disaster that finds beauty and magic in a catastrophe” – Elephant Magazine  (★★★★☆)

“Immersive and cinematic: a satisfyingly cathartic listen.” – God Is In the TV (8/10)

“A hard-hitting, ambitious album: It sees [Kronos] return to their progressive, forward-thinking best combining the purity and integrity of their strings with various electronic elements and new technology… and sees the quartet operating at the height of their powers.” – musicOMH (★★★★☆)

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February 13, 2018

First listen: Landfall and Final Answer

As you may know, Landfall Kronos’ collaborative album with Laurie Anderson, and Final Answer, the San Francisco Girls Chorus’ new album that features Kronos performing on three tracks, will both be released this Friday.

To hear Landfall in its entirety before it is released, please visit NPR Music for a “First Listen.”

To listen to excerpts of both Landfall and Final Answer, check out the two most recent episodes of WNYC’s New Sounds. #4079: Musical Meditations on Loss previews nine selections from Landfall, in addition to music by Valgeir Sigurðsson and others; and #4078: Works for Female Voices debuts “Music of Spheres,” our first studio recording of a work by San Francisco-based composer Sahba Aminikia, whom we’ve worked with for a number of years now and who was the artist-in-residence at KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017, our third annual hometown music festival (this year’s festival will be April 26-28 and was just announced last week!). Kronos Performing Arts Association commissioned “Music of Spheres” for and Kronos Quartet premiered it with the San Francisco Girls Chorus last year at the festival. The work also features the recorded voices of two dozen Afghan students from ANIM (Afghanistan National Institute of Music).

Concert Schedule

Mar21Iowa City, IowaThe Auditorium, Hadley Stage
Apr6Stanford, CaliforniaBing Concert Hall
Apr10San Francisco, CaliforniaCastro Theatre
Apr15Middletown, ConnecticutCrowell Concert Hall
Apr19Washington, D.CLisner Auditorium at The George Washington University
Apr21Santa Fe, New MexicoThe Lensic Performing Arts Center

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


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