Kronos Festival Archive: 2021


Kronos Festival 2021


Thanks for tuning in! KRONOS FESTIVAL 2021 was broadcast online from June 11 through August 31, 2021.


Brooke Gladstone, journalist and host of WNYC’s On the Media, interviews David, John, Hank, and Sunny about their personal histories, festival highlights, and what it’s been like to be performing musicians in the midst of a pandemic.

In this conversation with young artists at Sunset Youth Services (SYS), we listen to new works and discuss Kronos Music: Remix, a collaborative project between SYS and Kronos that supports young music producers, engineers, and hip hop artists as they deconstruct and sample recordings from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future to create their own music.


After a year’s hiatus, Kronos Performing Arts Association’s KRONOS FESTIVAL returned digitally in 2021, with programs premiering June 11 – 18, expanding the annual San Francisco-based event into the virtual sphere with several exciting online presentations, including fifteen world premieres. All programs were available to stream free of charge through August 31, 2021.


KRONOS FESTIVAL features works by more than 20 guest performers, and highlights the work of Kronos’ artistic collaborators and community partners. Art, activism, and the fight for civil rights are key themes in Kronos’ works, represented at the festival in pieces by Sahba Aminikia, Nicole Lizée, Bill Morrison, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Eiko Otake, Pete Seeger, Valerie Soe, Vân-Ánh Võ, and Zachary James Watkins. Many of Kronos’ signature works are featured, including Clint Mansell’s ‘Lux Aeterna’ from Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, ‘God-music’ from George Crumb’s Black Angels, Frank Zappa’s None of the Above, Terry Riley’s ‘One Earth, One People, One Love’ and Vladimir Martynov’s The Beatitudes. Also featured are eight pieces that were commissioned as part of Kronos’ groundbreaking Fifty for the Future project. And in a beautiful tribute to its hometown of San Francisco, Kronos will headline composer Ellen Reid’s acclaimed SOUNDWALK, a self-guided, GPS-enabled public art work, which will make its Bay Area debut in Golden Gate Park (June 12).

The world premieres include compositions by Sahba Aminikia, Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, Nicole Lizée, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Mahsa Vahdat, and Vân-Ánh Võ, among others. Along with three 45-minute concerts (June 11, 16, and 18), this year’s festival features KRONOS FESTIVAL Kids!, a lively and engaging 30-minute presentation for audiences of all ages (June 13).

Kronos has achieved lasting renown for transforming the string quartet concert into an immersive experience with lighting, video, audience participation, and more. In similar fashion, KRONOS FESTIVAL’s programs stand apart from the usual music streams. Rather than capturing a continuous concert, each program is a mosaic of original films and performances. Kronos will present short films between June 13 – 17, with contributions from such noted filmmakers as Sam Green (world premiere), Bill Morrison (world premiere), and Valerie Soe, constituting a mini-festival within the festival. The programs will also feature new short films from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, created to illuminate and contextualize specific musical works.


KRONOS FESTIVAL 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. KRONOS FESTIVAL is made possible by generous support from the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and San Francisco Grants for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK in Golden Gate Park is presented by KRONOS FESTIVAL in association with McEvoy Foundation for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Ann Hatch, Andrea Lunsford, Sumiko Ito & Don Allison, and Curtis Smith & Sue Threlkeld.



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