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Date: June 01, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM

City: KRONOS FESTIVAL 2019: Day 3

Venue: SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco

Presenter: KRONOS PRESENTS

Program


KRONOS FESTIVAL 2019


Day 3

Kronos Quartet with Valérie Sainte-Agathe and guests Sam Amidon, Meklit, Lee Knight, Brian Carpenter, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus, as well as a special pre-show talk by Prof. Lucy Durán

PERFORMANCE UPDATE: The US visa for Malian artist Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté has been delayed. We regret that she will not be able to travel to San Francisco to be part of Kronos Festival 2019. Kronos Quartet, Valérie Sainte-Agathe and the San Francisco Girls Chorus will perform the world premiere of “Tegere Tulon,” Diabaté‘s new work for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future initiative, as planned.

KRONOS QUARTET AND SAM AMIDON
Traditional (arr. Nico Muhly) / Songs +  Bay Area Premieres
    How Come That Blood
    Weeping Mary
    Oh Where
    I See the Sign
        with Sam Amidon, voice, banjo, guitar, violin

Aleksander Kościów / HílathiWorld premiere of choral version
        with San Francisco Girls Chorus Premier Ensemble
        and Valérie Sainte-Agathe, conductor, percussion

Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Tegere Tulon *  World premiere
    I. Funtukuru
    II. Dulen
    III. Kalime
    IV. Wawani
        with San Francisco Girls Chorus Premier Ensemble,
        conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe

KRONOS AND FRIENDS CELEBRATE PETE SEEGER AT 100 **
    Jacob Garchik / Storyteller**  World premiere

    Pete Seeger Songs +  World premieres, to be announced from the stage
        with Sam Amidon, Meklit, Lee Knight, Brian Carpenter,
        and members of the San Francisco Girls Chorus Premier Ensemble,
        conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe

Anne Popkin is proud to help sponsor this performance.



About

Kronos Festival 2019 closes out with a celebration of folk icon and activist Pete Seeger, who would have turned 100 in May. Kronos debuts a new work that explores Seeger’s musical legacy, written by frequent collaborator Jacob Garchik. Joined by folk artists Sam Amidon and Lee Knight, San Francisco Bay Area singer-songwriter Meklit, musician Brian Carpenter (of Beat Circus and Ghost Train Orchestra) and others, Kronos also debuts the first part of a project that reinterprets music that Pete Seeger helped popularize. Amidon also joins Kronos for a set of songs arranged by Nico Muhly that include his contributions to Kronos’ 2017 Folk Songs album.

Kronos premieres a Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire composition inspired by the endangered handclapping song traditions of Malian girls and written by griot singer Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, who performed last Festival with Trio Da Kali. The ensemble is joined for the piece by artist-in-residence Valérie Sainte-Agathe and the San Francisco Girls Chorus, who also perform the world premiere of the choral version of Aleksander Kościów’s meditative Hílathi, which was also composed for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future education and legacy project.

Come early at 6:30 PM to listen to broadcaster, music producer, and professor of music at SOAS University of London, Dr. Lucy Durán talk about the tegere tulon. These are the handclapping songs and dances created spontaneously by girls in country villages of southern Mali that serve as the basis for Diabaté’s composition for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future initiative. Although this tradition is in danger of dying out, it remains an important source of inspiration for many Malian artists such as Diabaté, who learned how to coordinate words, rhythm, dance, and composition through the tegere tulon.

Get a taste of the guest artists and composers who will be featured during Kronos Festival 2019 on Youtube or Spotify.

Reserved Seating / Robert N. Miner Auditorium
Tickets: $20 / $30 / $45 / $65 // Buy tickets >


PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE
* Written for Kronos and composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire
** Written for Kronos / + Arranged for Kronos

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