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August 25, 2017

“Gripping” My Lai coming to Singapore, NYC, Berkeley, LA & Iowa City

This season, Kronos is proud to be touring Jonathan Berger and Harriet Scott Chessman’s My Lai: A monodrama for tenor, string quartet, and Vietnamese instruments with Rinde Eckert and Vân-Ánh Võ. The intimate, evening-length character study of the My Lai massacre whistleblower Hugh Thompson has been praised as “hauntingly beautiful” by the San Francisco Chronicle, “absorbing” and “eloquent” by the Chicago Tribune, and “gripping” by the San Francisco Classical Voice. Tickets are now on sale for the performances below:

Singapore // Aug 31–Sep 1 // Singapore International Festival of Arts
Brooklyn // Sep 27–Sep 30 // BAM | 2017 Next Wave Festival
Northern California // Mar 4 // Cal Performances at University of California, Berkeley
Southern California // Mar 9 // Center for the Art of the Performance at UCLA
Iowa City // Mar 21 // Hancher at The University of Iowa

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August 24, 2017

Announcing 2017/18 concert dates

This season, Kronos will travel to Singapore, South Korea, Abu Dhabi, and throughout the United States and Canada, as well as perform multiple shows in and around the quartet’s hometown San Francisco. See below (you may need to click “Read More”) for a preview of concerts coming up this autumn.

For complete details of all of Kronos’ upcoming engagements, visit our Concerts page.

Please note that more events in 2017 and 2018 are still to be announced. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date.

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August 23, 2017

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future featured on

Kronos violinist John Sherba recently spoke with 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

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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Concert Schedule

Feb22Abu Dhabi, U.A.EThe Red Theater
Mar4Berkeley, CaliforniaZellerbach Hall
Mar10Oceanside, CaliforniaMira Costa College Concert Hall
Mar21Iowa City, IowaThe Auditorium, Hadley Stage
Apr6Stanford, CaliforniaBing Concert Hall

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


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