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Date: March 21, 2020

Time: 8:00 PM

City: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Venue: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University

Presenter: Celebrity Series of Boston

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Program

Kronos Quartet with Mahsa Vahdat
Music for Change: The Banned Countries

As a direct protest to the Executive Orders limiting travel to the United States by people from largely Muslim majority countries, Kronos performs a program featuring music that highlights the rich diversity of artistic voices from Muslim majority countries. It is joined by Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat for a special set of music from their recent album Placeless.

“It’s hard to imagine a time when the Kronos Quartet was not emphatically crossing musical boundaries, from its early days covering Jimi Hendrix to its most recent collaborations with Malian griots. But its latest project responds cogently to an era of increasingly policed and politicized borders.” – New York Times

“All told, [‘Music for Change: The Banned Countries’] amounts to a rich and distinctive mixtape, amplifying themes of dignity, resistance, and harmonious coexistence.” – The New Yorker


KRONOS QUARTET
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh / Mugam Sayagi **

Islam Chipsy (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Zaghlala (Blurred vision caused by strong light hitting the eyes) *

Traditional (arr. Stephen Prutsman) / Wa Habibi (Beloved) +

Ramallah Underground (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Tashweesh **

Fatimah Al-Zaelaeyah (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Ya Mun Dakhal Bahr Al-Hawa (Hey, Who Enters The Sea of Passion?) +

Omar Souleyman (arr. Jacob Garchik) / La Sidounak Sayyada (I’ll Prevent the Hunters from Hunting You) +

Traditional (arr. Milad Yousufi) / Bia Ke Berem Ba Mazar +

Dur-Dur Band (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Dooyo +

Hamza El Din (realized by Tohru Ueda) / Escalay (Water Wheel) **


KRONOS QUARTET AND MAHSA VAHDAT
Mahsa Vahdat (arr. Sahba Aminikia) / The Sun Rises +
    The Sun Rises
    Vanishing Lines
    My Ruthless Companion

Mahsa Vahdat (arr. Atabak Elyasi) / Songs +
    Leyli’s Nightingales
    I Was Dead


INTERSTITIAL MUSIC
Bass lines by Mamadou Kouyaté *
Sound collages by David Harrington, Joel Tarman, and Nikolás McConnie-Saad *


Performed without pause


This performance is supported by a grant to the Kronos Performing Arts Association from the Neda Nobari Foundation.


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


Reviews of previous concerts
“A continually transportive experience… This program of works is not just a protest against the executive orders revoking visas and limiting entry into the U.S.for nationals of some of these countries. It’s also a cultural exchange program, giving composers from these places an audience, inviting American listeners to hear their music. The quartet’s long experience with culturally diverse and politically charged music made this project a natural fit.” – San Francisco Classical Voice

“As the most far-ranging ensemble geographically, nationally and stylistically the world has known, the Kronos was easily within its comfort zone… this was a journey of discovery for which the audience couldn’t quite be prepared. One listened with wonderment.” – Los Angeles Times

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