FESTIVAL ARCHIVe

KRONOS PRESENTS

KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017:
HERE AND NOW

February 2, 3 & 4, 2017

SFJAZZ Center

201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California 

Sahba Aminikia, Artist-In-Residence

SCHEDULE

Opening Night / “The Sun Rises”

Robert N. Miner Auditorium

Kronos Quartet with Mahsa Vahdat, San Francisco Girls Chorus, and students from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

Sahba Aminikia / Grandma’s House *  World premiere
with special guests Students from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.

Trey Spruance / Séraphîta **
    I. Séraphîta
    II. Agesilaus Santander
    III. Le Baphomet
    IV. The Angel of the West Window
    V. Séraphîtüs
    Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

Pete Townshend (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Baba O’Riley +

Mark Applebaum / Darmstadt Kindergarten *

Mahsa Vahdat (arr. Sahba Aminikia) / The Sun Rises +  World premiere
    The Sun Rises
    Vanishing Line
    My Ruthless Companion
    with special guest Mahsa Vahdat, vocalist

INTERMISSION

Kala Ramnath (arr. Reena Esmail) / Amrit **

Guillermo Gallindo / NEW WORK ** World premiere

Sahba Aminikia / Music of the Spheres * World premiere
with special guest San Francisco Girls Chorus conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe

Robert N. Miner Auditorium

Day 2 / “Carrying the Past”
Kronos Quartet with Van Dyke Parks, Soo Yeon Lyuh, and special appearance by Dragon String Quartet (Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts)

Aleksandra Vrebalov / My Desert, My Rose **
Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire
Performed by Dragon String Quartet
     – Theo Haber, violin
     – Kana Luzmoor, violin
     – Laila Zaidi, viola
     – Christine Blair, cello

Mohammad Reza Shajarian & Kayhan Kalhor (arr. Sahba Aminikia) / Rain +

Terry Riley / The Serquent Risadome *  SF Bay Area premiere

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

Soo Yeon Lyuh / Yessori (Sound from the Past) *  World premiere
with special guest Soo Yeon Lyuh, haegeum

INTERMISSION

A Coney Island of the Mind (Excerpts) World premiere
Poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Underscore by Van Dyke Parks
     – Goya
     – Straits of Demos
     – I Am Waiting
with special guest Van Dyke Parks, narrator

Dan Becker / Carrying the Past * 13

ENCORE:
Terry Riley / One Earth, One People, One Love from Sun Rings *

Robert N. Miner Auditorium

FAMILY CONCERT / “AROUND THE WORLD WITH KRONOS

Featuring students from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts World Music Department

– Konono No1 (arr. Jherek Bischoff) / Kule Kule +

– Garth Knox / Satellites: III. Dimensions *
    Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

– John Oswald
/ Excerpt from Spectre *

– N. Rajam (arr. Reena Esmail)
/ Excerpt from Dadra in Raga Bhairavi +

– Orlando “Cholo” Valderrama (arr. Kevin Villalta)
/ Y Soy Llanero +

– Fodé Lassana Diabaté (arr. Jacob Garchik)
/ Sunjata’s Time: 3. Nana Triban *
     Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

– Wu Man (arr. Danny Clay)
/ Four Chinese Paintings: IV. Silk and Bamboo 丝与竹 *
     Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

– Ervin T. Rouse (arr. Danny Clay)
/ Orange Blossom Special +

Joe Henderson Lab

PERSIAN DANCES: MUSIC OF SAHBA AMINIKIA
Featuring Amaranth Quartet, Delphi Trio, and Mobius Trio

Persian Dances (2010)
– Mobius Trio
– Robert Nance, Mason Fish, & Matthew Holmes-Linder, guitars

Shabo Meh (Night and Fog) (2014)
– Delphi Trio
– Liana Bérubé, violin
– Michelle Kwon, cello
– Jeffrey LaDeur, piano

Lullaby (2015)
Jeffrey LaDeur, piano

The Wind Will Blow Us Away (2016)
– Amaranth Quartet
– Emily Botel & Abigail Shiman, violins
– Erica Zappia, viola
– Helen Newby, cello

Conversation and Q&A with Sahba Aminikia

All works on this program by Sahba Aminikia

Miner Auditorium

Open rehearsal with Kronos Quartet
Audience limited to invited guests, not to be publicly announced

Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Joe Henderson Lab

THALEA STRING QUARTET PLAYS KRONOS’ FIFTY FOR THE FUTURE
Audience limited to invited guests, not to be publicly announced

Terry Riley / Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector *

Caroline Shaw / Entr’acte

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh / Rǝqs (Dance) * 
Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

Garth Knox / Satellites: III. Dimensions *
Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

Wu Man (arr. Danny Clay) / Selections from Four Chinese Paintings *

     II. Turpan Dance 吐鲁番之舞

     III. Ancient Echo 远古回响

Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

Thalea String Quartet

     – Christopher Whitley, violin
     – Kumiko Sakamoto, violin
     – Luis Bellorin, viola
     – Bridget Pasker, cello

Miner Auditorium

DAY 3 / “THE ODYSSEY”
Kronos Quartet
with Vân-Ánh Võ and The Living Earth Show

Joan Jeanrenaud / Knock *
Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

Orlando “Cholo” Valderrama (arr. Kevin Villalta) / Y Soy Llanero +

Tanya Tagaq (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Excerpt from Sivunittinni *
Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

Sahba Aminikia / Pareeshān (Abstracted) *  World premiere

Sahba Aminikia / Sooge Sohrab
– Performed by The Living Earth Show
– Travis Andrews, electric guitar
– Andy Meyerson, percussion

INTERMISSION

Jonathan Berger / My Lai Lullaby *
     Written in collaboration with David Harrington and Vân-Ánh Võ
     With special guest Vân-Ánh Võ

Vân-Ánh Võ / Selections from The Odyssey – from Vietnam to America +
I. Leaving
    – War
    – Leaving

II. Scorching Sun
    – Lullaby
    – Thirst

III. Nước – My Country .
    – Sea of Tears
    – Nước – My Country
with special guest Vân-Ánh Võ

ENCORE
Abel Meeropol (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Strange Fruit +

KRONOS PRESENTS is a program of the Kronos Performing Arts Association.

Kronos Festival 2017: Here and Now is made possible by generous support from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Bernard Osher Foundation, with additional support provided by the Aga Khan Music Initiative, the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies at Stanford University, and the Board of Directors of the Kronos Performing Arts Association.

Kronos’ San Francisco Bay Area home season is supported in part by San Francisco Grants for the Arts and The Bernard Osher Foundation.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet and their nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association will present KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Here and Now at the SFJAZZ Center on February 2-4, 2017. With six concerts over three days, Kronos’ third annual hometown music festival will showcase the innovations of the Bay Area’s contemporary music community. With Kronos taking center stage for three evening concerts, as well as a Saturday morning family concert, performances will feature some of the region’s most engaging composers – from Minimalism pioneer Terry Riley to renowned Indian violinist Kala Ramnath – and transcendent guest musicians – from the breathtaking Persian singer Mahsa Vahdat to the ethereal sounds of traditional Vietnamese instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ.

This year’s festival will highlight the ingenious and arresting work of Iranian-American composer and San Francisco resident Sahba Aminikia, who will serve as the festival’s artist-in-residence. His work will be featured throughout the festival, as well as at an intimate afternoon survey that concludes with a conversation with the 35-year-old composer. “My music is inspired by human stories around me,” says Aminikia. “I am struck by generalizations about cultures unknown to us. We hear mostly about hardship and oppression, despite the fact that people of every nation find their own balance between hardship and pleasure. I would like to demonstrate a drop of the ocean of beauty that exists in every one of these cultures, including those in my home country. To make strong human connections and build understanding, I do this by telling stories. I am a storyteller. My compositions are in fact like One Thousand and One Nights: a human story within a human story within another human story.”

“KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Here and Now will focus the spotlight on Kronos’ relationships with San Francisco Bay Area composers, arrangers, and musicians from many corners of the musical landscape, as well as the huge energetic promise of local students,” says David Harrington, Kronos’ artistic director, founder, and violinist. “Artist-in-residence Sahba Aminikia, whom we first met when he was a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music [SFCM], has been writing vivid works for Kronos since 2005. Throughout KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017, we give Sahba opportunities to reveal the breadth of his interests and expand his horizon through collaborations with Kronos, as well as visionary singer Mahsa Vahdat, San Francisco Girls Chorus, students from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts [SOTA], The Living Earth Show, Amaranth Quartet, Delphi Trio, and Mobius Trio. Kronos continues the creative pageant with a true mosaic of thrilling talent, including contributions from guest artists Van Dyke Parks, Soo Yeon Lyuh, and Vân-Ánh Võ. A thread woven throughout the festival is Kronos’ unprecedented Fifty for the Future education initiative, which is commissioning – and distributing for free – the very first learning library of contemporary repertoire. The first 10 of these 50 commissions will be performed by Kronos and, fittingly, SOTA’s Dragon String Quartet and the impressive young ensemble Thalea String Quartet, who is the first ever quartet in residence at SFCM.”

KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Here and Now is made possible by generous support from San Francisco Grants for the Arts, The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies at Stanford University, with additional support provided by KPAA’s Board of Directors.

For more than 40 years, Kronos Quartet has re-imagined and redefined the string quartet experience. Prompting The New York Times to declare that they have “broken the boundaries of what string quartets do” and The Globe and Mail to laud them for “elevating a concert of music to a spiritual trip through our common humanity,” the group has performed thousands of concerts worldwide, commissioned more than 900 works for string quartet, received a Grammy in addition to more than 40 other awards, collaborated with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers, and released over 60 recordings, including soundtracks for such films as Requiem for a DreamThe FountainDracula and the AIDS documentary How to Survive a Plague.

THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS AND SPONSORS

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KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017 is produced by the Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) and is part of the San Francisco-based 501(c)3 nonprofit’s KRONOS PRESENTS program. It is made possible by generous support from San Francisco Grants for the Arts, The Bernard Osher Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, with additional support provided by the KPAA’s Board of Directors.

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