Festival ARCHIVE


Kronos Festival 2018

April 26, 27 & 28, 2018


201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California 

David Coulter, Artist-In-Residence



Islam Chipsy (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Zaghlala زغللةً **

Zakir Hussain (arr. Reena Esmail) / Pallavi **  World Premiere
with Zakir Hussain, tabla

CocoRosie / Songs *  World Premiere
with CocoRosie, voices

     – CocoRosie (arr. Doug Wieselman) / I Fell In Love With A Sailor *
     – CocoRosie (arr. Doug Wieselman) / The Void Part 1 *
     – CocoRosie (arr. Doug Wieselman) / The Void Part 2 *
     – CocoRosie (arr. Doug Wieselman) / The Show Is Almost Over *

John White / Drinking and Hooting Machine
with guests TBD

John Coltrane (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Alabama +

Ralph Carney (arr. Danny Clay) / Lament for Charleston +^
with David Coulter, artist-in-residence

Mahsa Vahdat / Songs +^  World Premiere
with Mahsa Vahdat, voice, and David Coulter, artist-in-residence
– Mahsa Vahdat (arr. Sahba Aminikia) / My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless and Oh lover! Go mad, go mad!  +
– Mahsa Vahdat (arr. Sahba Aminikia) / Eternal meadow +
– Mahsa Vahdat (arr. Atabak Elyasi) / Dead yet I was, then came to life +

Special thanks to Alex Kelly for his help in developing Zakir Hussain’s Pallavi.

Miner Auditorium


Fodé Lassana Diabaté (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Sunjata’s Time: 5. Bara Kala Ta **
Performed by Dragon String Quartet with Fodé Lassana Diabaté, 22-key balafon

  • Lucy Nelligan, violin
  • Ben Hudak, violin
  • Kana Luzmoor, viola
  • Isabelle Fromme, cello

Guillermo Galindo / Remote Control **  World Premiere

Philip Glass / Quartet Satz **

Jack Nitzsche (arr. Jacob Garchik) / One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest +^
with David Coulter, artist-in-residence

Kronos Quartet and Jolie Holland
– Jolie Holland (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Saint Dymphna + World Premiere
– Randy Newman (arr. Jolie Holland and Jacob Garchik) / Louisiana, 1927 + World Premiere
– Jolie Holland (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Out on the Wine Dark Sea + World Premiere

with Jolie Holland, guitar, voice, and David Mihaly, drums and David Coulter

KRONOS QUARTET with Trio Da Kali

Kronos Quartet
– David Harrington, violin
– John Sherba, violin
– Hank Dutt, viola
– Sunny Yang, cello
– Tita
– Kanimba
– Eh Ya Ye
– Garaba Mama
– God Shall Wipe All Tears Away
– Lila Bambo
– Kene Bo
– Ladilikan
– Sunjata

Trio Da Kali
Fodé Lassana Diabaté, 22-key balafon
– Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, voice
– Mamadou Kouyaté, bass ngoni

These arrangements by Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Lucy Durán, and Jacob Garchik were commissioned for the Kronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali by the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and the Kronos Performing Arts Association. This concert is presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative.


Miner Auditorium

Program to be announced from the stage.

Performed by Amaranth Quartet

  • Emily Botel, violin
  • Abigail Shiman, violin
  • Julie Michael, viola
  • Helen Newby, cello

Rhiannon Giddens (arr. Jacob Garchik) / At the Purchaser’s Option with variations **

Fodé Lassana Diabaté (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Sunjata’s Time **
– Sumaworo
– Nana Triban

Nicole Lizée / Another Living Soul **

Aleksandra Vrebalov / My Desert, My Rose **

Garth Knox / Satellites **
I. Geostationary
II. Spectral Sunrise
III. Dimensions

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018 | Joe Henderson Lab

Performed by David Coulter with Sahba Aminikia, The Living Earth Show and bran(…)pos

Program to be announced from the stage.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018 | Miner Auditorium


Yevgeniy Sharlat / pencil sketch **

Kronos Quartet and Vân-Ánh Võ
with Vân-Ánh Võ, đàn bầu and đàn tranh

Gustav Mahler (arr. Kronos) / Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (I am lost to the world) +

John Dowland (arr. Kronos and Vân-Ánh Võ) / Selections from Lachrimae +

Henry Purcell (arr. Vân-Ánh Võ) / The Cold Song from King Arthur +

Zachary Watkins / Peace Be Till *  West Coast Premiere

Aftab Darvishi / Daughters of Sol **

David Coulter (arr. Sahba Aminikia) / A Thousand Splendid Suns Suite +^ World Premiere
with David Coulter, artist-in-residence

Aleksandra Vrebalov / Missa Supratext *^  World Premiere
with San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe,
David Coulter, artist-in-residence

  • Asking
  • Celebration
  • Believing
  • Holy All
  • Surrendering
  • Freedom


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 SonglinesfRoots and the Transglobal World Music Chart. Returning from previous festivals are Zakir HussainMahsa VahdatVân-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.

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.

Kronos Festival 2018 is made possible by generous support from San Francisco Grants for the Arts, the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, the Kronos Performing Arts Association Board of Directors, the EACH Foundation, the Aga Khan Music Initiative, and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies at Stanford University. Additional support is provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Meyer Sound, and The Bernard Osher Foundation. Kronos Performing Arts Association also appreciates the support of Nonesuch Records, Orange Mountain Music, and its local community, including media sponsors East Bay Express, San Francisco Media Company, and KALW, as well as 3 Fish Studios, Andronico’s Community Markets, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Dandelion Chocolate, IXIA, Recchiuti Confections, San Franpsycho, Target at the Metreon, Thatcher’s Gourmet Popcorn, and Trader Joe’s (Hyde Street).



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