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David Coulter, artist-in-residence

April 26, 27 & 28, 2018

SFJAZZ Center (201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California)
Click the concert titles below to learn more and view programs

Opening Night
7:30 PM | Robert N. Miner Auditorium
Kronos Quartet with David Coulter and guests Mahsa Vahdat, CocoRosie and Zakir Hussain
SOLD OUT! Thank you

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018
Day 2
7:30 PM | Robert N. Miner Auditorium
Kronos Quartet with David Coulter and guests Trio Da Kali and Jolie Holland, plus a special appearance by Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts’ Dragon String Quartet
SOLD OUT! Thank you

Family Concert / “Around the World with Kronos”
11:00 AM | Robert N. Miner Auditorium
Tickets: $10 youth (16 and under), $15 adults / General Admission // Buy tickets >

Amaranth Quartet Plays Kronos’ Fifty for the Future
2:00 PM | Joe Henderson Lab
Tickets: $20 / General Admission // Buy tickets >

David Coulter & Friends
5:00 PM | Joe Henderson Lab
David Coulter with guests Sahba Aminikia, The Living Earth Show and bran(…)pos
Tickets: $25 / General Admission // Buy tickets >

Day 3
7:30 PM | Robert N. Miner Auditorium
Kronos Quartet with David Coulter and guests San Francisco Girls Chorus and Vân-Ánh Võ
Tickets: $20-$65 / Reserved seating // Buy tickets >


The San Francisco–based, Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet and its nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association presents their fourth annual hometown music festival Kronos Festival 2018 this April at SFJAZZ Center. With six concerts over three days, Kronos Festival 2018 illustrates one of the group’s central artistic tenets: collaboration.

Together for the first time since the release of their critically acclaimed joint album Ladilikan last fall, Kronos and the Malian griot ensemble Trio Da Kali perform music from the LP that topped several year-end best-of lists, including Songlines, fRoots and the Transglobal World Music Chart. Returning from previous festivals are Zakir Hussain, Mahsa Vahdat, Vân-Ánh Võ and the San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe. Kronos also unveils exciting new projects with the wildly performative experimental duo CocoRosie and genre-bending singer-songwriter Jolie Holland. Additional guests to be announced.

This year’s festival highlights the expansive sonic worlds of David Coulter, who serves as the festival’s artist-in-residence. The British-born, Bay Area–based multidisciplinary artist, musician, composer, director and educator has worked with Kronos since the 1990s. Known for his work with The Pogues, Tom Waits, Robert Wilson, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Beck and Gorillaz, as well as his theatrical scores, including A.C.T.‘s recent production of A Thousand Splendid Suns, Coulter will be featured throughout the festival.

“It is both thrilling and a great honor to have been invited by Kronos Quartet to be artist-in-residence for this festival,” says Coulter. “Each time I have collaborated with them it has been an exhilarating voyage into the unknown. We share a sense of adventure and are not afraid of taking risks. As a musician, I am an improviser with a very strong sense of ritual. I look at my work as sonic meditation, a musical exploration of resonance, playing with time, a creation of space, an exploration of emotions to create vivid images. To be given the opportunity to spend several days sharing a stage with some of the most magical performers I know is a fabulous gift.”

“Kronos Festival 2018 is a giant leap for our work,” says David Harrington, Kronos’ artistic director, founder and violinist. “We are building on previous Kronos Festivals, deepening relationships, alerting our audience to some ideas from diverse corners of the world of music, celebrating possibilities recently revealed to us. I hope our audiences will be emboldened, energized and thrilled by the amazing range of work that is currently possible.”

A thread woven throughout the festival is Kronos’ Fifty for the Future open access education initiative, which is commissioning—and distributing for free—a learning library of contemporary repertoire. Eleven of these 50 commissions will be performed by Kronos and, fittingly, by the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts’ Dragon String Quartet and the Bay Area–based ensemble Amaranth Quartet.