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January 30, 2019

Announcing the final 10 composers of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project

Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) is proud to announce the fifth and final group of composers to be commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire: Mark Applebaum, Rafiq Bhatia, Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, Alexandra du Bois, Barry Guy, Angélique Kidjo, Sky Macklay, Aruna Narayan, Charlton Singleton, and Paul Wiancko.

Year Five Composers

For 45 years, Kronos Quartet has collaborated with composers and musicians representing tremendous stylistic and cultural diversity. Drawing on this legacy, the nonprofit organization KPAA is developing the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet. Launched in 2015, Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is a partnership with Carnegie Hall and others that is commissioning 50 new works – by 25 women and 25 men – expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. Scores and parts, recordings, and other learning materials for 25 of the compositions are available free of charge online here. As the remaining 25 string quartets and their supporting materials are developed, they are scheduled to be added to Kronos’ Fifty for the Future website through the 2020/21 Season.

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January 22, 2019

Green Fog recognized by LAFCA

We are delighted to announce that The Green Fog, a film by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, with an original score composed by Jacob Garchik and performed by Kronos, has received the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film Award. The score for the film was also recently named one of “The 10 Best Movie Scores of 2018” by critic Bilge Ebiri for New York magazine’s culture website Vulture.

The project was commissioned by SFFILM and Stanford Live with support from Nion McEvoy.

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December 27, 2018

Landfall windfall

We are grateful for the support that Landfall, our Nonesuch Records album with Laurie Anderson, has received this year. The Recording Academy nominated the album for a Grammy Award in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category.

Landfall nominated for Grammy

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December 18, 2018

Last chance…

Limited edition Kronos Quartet t-shirts are available through this Friday, December 21, only. If you have not already, order yours today.


We created these t-shirts to both mark Kronos’ 45th year and to help raise money to support Kronos’ nonprofit mission. Please consider rounding up the price of your t-shirt to $45 (just $20 more) to help us continue to commission new music, collaborate with artists and others from all over the world, and mentor the next generation of musicians and composers. If you would like to make a deeper commitment and more profound impact to Kronos, please visit our website to learn more about joining our community of donors.

Thank you.

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December 17, 2018

New album announcement: Placeless

We are thrilled to announce that Norwegian record label Kirkelig Kulturverksted will release Placeless, a collaborative album with Iranian singers Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat, on March 1, 2019. Recorded at the Jakob Church of Culture in Oslo, the full-length will feature songs composed by Mahsa Vahdat, with string arrangements by Sahba Aminikia, Aftab Darvishi, Atabak Elyasi and Jacob Garchik.

Oslo Recording Sessions
Erik Hillestad, founder and general manager of Kirkelig Kulturverksted, Mahsa Vahdat, Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington, and Marjan Vahdat in Oslo.

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Concert Schedule

Mar22Nashville, Tennessee OZ Arts Main Stage
Mar23Nashville, Tennessee OZ Arts Main Stage
Mar27Austin, Texas Bass Concert Hall
Apr12Detroit, MichiganDetroit Film Theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts
Apr25New York, New York The Town Hall
May4San Rafael, CaliforniaHoytt Theater, The Osher Marin JCC

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

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