Budapest, Hungary

October 19, 2023
AT 08:00 PM

VENUE: Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
PRESENTER: Müpa Budapest


KRONOS Five Decades
With special guest Mahsa Vahdat, vocalist

Kronos Quartet marks its fiftieth anniversary in the 2023/24 season with the KRONOS Five Decades tour, adding to its legacy of innovation by performing programs which feature new commissions, signature works from its vast repertoire, and pieces from its Kronos Fifty for the Future project.

In this concert, Kronos is joined by Mahsa Vahdat, a prominent performer of Persian vocal music, who collaborated with the quartet on the evocative 2019 recording Placeless. The project features melodies Vahdat composed to classical poems by Hafez and Rumi, as well as contemporary texts by Iranian poets. “[Vahdat] is an alluring, descriptive singer… The sheer seductiveness of her voice and style proved compelling” (Los Angeles Times).


Severiano Briseño (arr. Osvaldo Golijov) / El Sinaloense (The Man from Sinaloa) +

Sun Ra / Jlin (arr. Kronos Quartet) / Maji *

George Crumb / God-music from Black Angels

Peni Candra Rini (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Excerpt from Segara Gunung *

Nicole Lizée / ZonelyHearts *

PhoneTap + CCTV
Static Interference

Traditional (arr. Jacob Garchik) / The House of the Rising Sun (inspired by The Everly Brothers) +

Bob Dylan (arr. Jacob Garchik) / All Along the Watchtower (inspired by Jimi Hendrix) +

Antonio Haskell (arr. Jacob Garchik) / God Shall Wipe All Tears Away (inspired by Mahalia Jackson) +

Steve Reich / Triple Quartet *

In three movements (played without pause)


Kronos Quartet & Mahsa Vahdat

Traditional (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Lullaby +

Mahsa Vahdat (arr. Atabak Elyasi) / Vaya, Vaya *

Mahsa Vahdat (arr. Sahba Aminikia) / The Sun Rises Suite +

The Sun Rises
Vanishing Lines
My Ruthless Companion

Mahsa Vahdat (arr. Aftab Darvishi) / I Will Be Your Voice *  World premiere

Mahsa Vahdat / Crane

Mahsa Vahdat (arr. Atabak Elyasi) / I Was Dead +


* Written for Kronos

** Written for Kronos Fifty for the Future

+ Arranged for Kronos


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