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September 15, 2015

Two World Premieres at The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi

Kronos makes its Gulf Region debut and premieres the first two Fifty for the Future commissions at the The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi, where the group is now in residence (Sept 10-17). Fodé Lassana Diabaté, a master balafon player and member of Mali’s Trio Da Kali, joins Kronos in Abu Dhabi for the world premiere of his work Sunjata’s Time. Longtime Kronos collaborator and pipa virtuoso Wu Man’s new Fifty for the Future piece Four Chinese Paintings also receives its world premiere this week.

September 10, 2015

Concert Preview: Notes of a new era as Kronos heads to Abu Dhabi

“It’s always of great interest to us to be in a society and a culture that we haven’t visited yet to find out more about how our music translates in a new place,” Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington told The National in advance of the group’s first visit to Abu Dhabi to premiere the first two Fifty for the Future commissions at the The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi. Read the full interview here.

July 10, 2015

Aga Khan Music Initiative Presents Kronos and Trio Da Kali at Montreux Jazz Festival

Fifty for the Future Legacy Partner Aga Khan Music Initiative has joined forces with the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland to present Kronos in concert with Mali’s Trio Da Kali for a musically adventurous collaboration. Longtime collaborators with Kronos, the trio includes Mamadou Kouyaté on bass ngoni, Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté on vocals, and Fodé Lassana Diabaté, one of our first-year Fifty for the Future composers, on the 22-key balafon. Together, their performance will bring a creative twist to the repertoires and performance styles of West African griots.

Read more about the upcoming performance here.

May 20, 2015

Kronos performs World Premiere of Aleksandra Vrebalov’s “The Sea Ranch Songs”

Kronos is set to perform Aleksandra Vrebalov’s new piece at The Sea Ranch this weekend in honor of the coastal community’s 50th birthday. Vrebalov, one of our first 10 composers for Fifty for the Future, composed The Sea Ranch Songs for the Ranch’s revolutionary architecture and its surrounding landscape. Kronos will present the world premiere of this piece this weekend in three free performances at the Knipp-Stengl Barn—Saturday 5/23 at 11am and 4pm, and Sunday 5/24 at 4pm—in what will be the grand finale of The Sea Ranch’s year-long birthday celebration.

Find out more information about the event here.

April 23, 2015

Yotam Haber’s “In Plaster” Receives World Premiere at the Center for New Music

Bay Area–based ensemble FIREBIRD debuts “The Plath Project” this Sunday, April 26, featuring works surrounding the poetry of Sylvia Plath. The group will perform the world premiere of In Plaster, a new piece by Yotam Haber, one of our 10 composers in this first year of Fifty for the Future. Written for soprano, clarinet, and piano, In Plaster musically transposes Plath’s poem of the same name into an illustration of two dueling personalities wrestling for Plath’s attention.

Learn more about the program and “The Plath Project” here.


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