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May 05, 2017

AVAILABLE NOW! Five new string quartets from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future

As of today, you can now study and learn to play new string quartets written by Raven Chacon, Rhiannon Giddens, Yotam Haber, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Aleksander Kościów. Scores and parts, recordings, and learning materials are now available on our website, free of charge. Listen to the works below:



Commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, these new pieces join ten previously released works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Ken Benshoof, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Garth Knox, Nicole Lizée, Kala Ramnath, Tanya Tagaq, Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Wu Man. When completed, this collection will feature 50 new works composed by an eclectic, international group of 25 female and 25 male composers, and designed expressly for the training of student quartets and emerging professionals.

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May 01, 2017

The Unsettling Performance That Showed the World Through AI’s Eyes

“The world is not as it seems. More and more parts of our everyday life are able to be monitored, are able to be transformed into metadata. This has potentially very profound consequences for the structure of our everyday lives, and the structure of our societies at large.” – Trevor Paglen

In January, Kronos took centerstage in “Sight Machine,” a large-scale multimedia performance piece that explored the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and visual experience. WIRED magazine has just released a documentary short about this collaboration between artist Trevor Paglen, Kronos, and Obscura Digital that took place at the Orton Development construction site on Historic Pier 70 in San Francisco. This special event was presented by Stanford University’s Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts in tandem with the annual FOG Design+Art Fair.

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April 21, 2017

Big Star tribute concert film and album released today!

The concert film and album Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s THIRD Live… And More has been released today by Concord Records and Bicycle Music Company. We are honored to have been part of this live tribute to Big Star, the short lived 1970s Memphis-based band who have had an outsized influence on modern American rock. One of the best things about this project has been getting to know and play with such an amazing group of musicians united by their love of these songs, including Big Star’s Jody Stephens, Chris Stamey of the dB’s, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Semisonic’s Dan Wilson, The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, and so many more.

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April 17, 2017

Kronos performs live at debut of Guy Maddin’s new film

On Sunday, we performed live the soundtrack for the debut of The Green Fog for a packed, energetic Castro Theatre audience in San Francisco. The new film, directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson, with score by Jacob Garchik, is a dreamy, irreverent visual collage fashioned from dozens of films shot or set in SF that creates a “parallel-universe version” of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. This project was specially commissioned by SFFILM and Stanford Live to close out the 60th anniversary of the San Francisco International Film Festival. Thanks also to our friends at Exploratorium, where we rehearsed for the world premiere.

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April 06, 2017

New album feat. Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens + more out 6/9

We are thrilled to announce that Nonesuch Records will release our new album Folk Songs on June 9. The record features Nonesuch labelmates Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, and Natalie Merchant each singing two traditional folk songs with arrangements by Jacob Garchik, Nico Muhly, Donnacha Dennehy, and Gabe Witcher (of the Punch Brothers). In addition, the album includes the instrumental “Last Kind Words” by Geeshie Wiley. This beautiful project began back in 2014, when we performed two special concerts with Sam, Olivia, Rhiannon, and Natalie to celebrate Nonesuch’s 50th anniversary at the Barbican Centre and BAM. We are so excited to get to share this project with you!

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Preview “The Butcher’s Boy” with Natalie Merchant:



TRACK LIST
1. “Oh Where” (Traditional, arr. Nico Muhly) with Sam Amidon
2. “Rambling Boys of Pleasure” (Traditional, arr. Donnacha Dennehy) with Olivia Chaney
3. “The Butcher’s Boy” (Traditional, arr. Jacob Garchik) with Natalie Merchant
4. “Factory Girl” (Traditional/Rhiannon Giddens, arr. Gabriel Witcher) with Rhiannon Giddens
5. “Last Kind Words” (Geeshie Wiley, arr. Jacob Garchik)
6. “I See the Sign” (Traditional, arr. Nico Muhly) with Sam Amidon
7. “Montagne, que tu es haute” (Traditional, arr. Jacob Garchik) with Olivia Chaney
8. “Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier” (Traditional, arr. Jacob Garchik) with Natalie Merchant
9. “Lullaby” (Rhiannon Giddens, arr. Gabriel Witcher) with Rhiannon Giddens

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Concert Schedule

Jul5Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaDominion-Chalmers United Church
Aug12San Francisco, CaliforniaPresidio Officers' Club
Aug31SingaporeDrama Centre Theatre
Sep1SingaporeDrama Centre Theatre
Sep2SingaporeDrama Centre Theatre
Sep27Brooklyn, New YorkBAM Harvey Theatre

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

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