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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).

February 05, 2018

Announcing KRONOS FESTIVAL 2018 line-up

We are very excited to break the news to you about KRONOS FESTIVAL 2018, which takes place April 26 – 28, 2018, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. Our fourth annual hometown music festival features six concerts over three days and illustrates one of our central artistic tenets: collaboration. We will perform with the Malian griot ensemble Trio Da Kali for the first time since the release of our critically acclaimed joint album Ladilikan, unveil a new project with the adventurous American singer-songwriter Jolie Holland, and debut new work with returning festival favorites Zakir Hussain, Mahsa Vahdat, Vân-Ánh Võ and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. This year’s festival highlights the expansive sonic worlds of the British-born, Bay Area–based multidisciplinary artist David Coulter, who serves as the festival’s artist-in-residence. Explore the concerts and buy tickets >

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January 25, 2018

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future — Year Four!

Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) is very happy to announce the 10 composers—five women and five men—who will be participating in Year Four of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project. Please welcome this eclectic group to the program as they join us in expanding the 21st-century string quartet repertoire for young players:

Bryce Dessner (USA)
Mario Galeano Toro (Colombia)
Susie Ibarra (USA)
Jlin (USA)
Lu Yun (Taiwan)
Vladimir Martynov (Russia)
Missy Mazzoli (USA)
Misato Mochizuki (Japan/France)
Terry Riley (USA)
Henry Threadgill (USA)

These ten composers will join composers from Years One, Two, and Three in creating new works, which Kronos will then premiere around the world. In addition, KPAA will provide companion materials for each piece, including scores, parts, recordings, videos, performance notes, and composer interviews, all of which will be distributed online and made available at no charge. Watch the BBC News feature to learn more >

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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 >

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Concert Schedule

Jun11Voronezh, Russia Voronezh Concert Hall
Jun15Amsterdam, NetherlandsMuziekgebouw, Grote Zaal
Jun17Amsterdam, Netherlandsmultiple venues in the Muziekgebouw complex
Jun17Amsterdam, NetherlandsMuziekgebouw, Grote Zaal
Jun19Athens, GreeceStavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Jun20London, UKRoyal Albert Hall

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

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