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April 05, 2019

“It left me with a huge sense of optimism:” David Harrington at the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards

David Harrington, Kronos’ founder, artistic director, and violinist, is proud to have served as a member of the Master Jury for the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards, which were held this past weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. The Aga Khan Music Awards were created to recognize and support exceptional talent, creativity, promise, and enterprise in music performance, creation, education, preservation, and revitalization in societies across the world in which Muslims have a significant presence. The jury also included ethnomusicologist Jean During (France), artist, curator, and teacher Salima Hashmi (Pakistan), musician and musicologist Nouri Iskandar (Syria), and choreographer Akram Khan (UK).

“It is with immense hope for the future that Janet Cowperthwaite, Kronos’ manager and the managing director of the Kronos Performing Arts Association, and I can report on our days attending the Aga Khan Music Awards,” writes David. “These days were filled with inspiring, thrilling performances; and we were surrounded by some of our most thoughtful and visionary colleagues gathered from many corners of the creative world. To witness a brand new celebration of music at its inauguration, to hear the power and reach of music clearly resounding with energy, diversity, and mystery, and to see the dedication, devotion, and support musicians deserve but frequently are not given—we are left with a huge sense gratitude and optimism. We can say that the Aga Khan Music Awards now point our troubled, fragile world toward an inclusive and positive new place. The most difficult step has been taken, that first step in a new direction. We are grateful to His Highness the Aga Khan and to Prince Amyn Aga Khan for their vision and devotion to this initiative. We also thank the Aga Khan Music Initiative Director Fairouz Nishanova and Senior Consultant Theodore Levin for their tireless work and creativity.  And finally, we thank and congratulate the Laureates and all the fabulous musicians!”

AKMA Steering Committee and Master Jury
His Highness the Aga Khan, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Prince Hussain Aga Khan, and Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan with the Steering Committee and the Master Jury of the 2019 Aga Khan Music Awards at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon.

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March 07, 2019

Announcing Kronos Festival 2019

Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) is pleased to present Kronos Festival 2019, Kronos’ fifth annual, three-day music festival, at SFJAZZ Center on May 30–June 1, 2019. Kronos Festival 2019 will highlight the voices of singers, storytellers and activists over three evening concerts, a Saturday morning family concert and Kronos Labs, free public events that are new this year. Kronos has long collaborated with vocal artists, including in its recent Grammy Award–winning album Landfall (Nonesuch Records) with Laurie Anderson and its new album Placeless (Kirkelig Kulturverksted) with Iranian singers Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat.

During the festival, a wide range of artists will join Kronos on stage. Experimental duo CocoRosie, Malian griot singer Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté (of Trio Da Kali), and the San Francisco Girls Chorus are all returning from last year’s festival. In addition, folk musicians Sam Amidon and Lee Knight, composer and bassist Jherek Bischoff, writer Rebecca Solnit and filmmaker Sam Green will perform. Highlighting Kronos’ legacy of mentorship, students from the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts once again take center stage during the festival. Kronos is honored that Valérie Sainte-Agathe, artistic director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus and frequent Kronos collaborator, will be Kronos Festival 2019’s Artist-in-Residence. Additional guests will be announced. Explore complete programs and buy tickets >

Kronos with San Francisco Girls Chorus
Kronos Quartet with the San Francisco Girls Chorus and Valérie Sainte-Agathe / credit Evan Neff

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March 01, 2019

“Placeless” released today

Placeless

Placeless, Kronos’ first collaboration with Iranian singers Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat, was released by Kirkelig Kulturverksted today and is now available to stream and download through Bandcamp, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora and other platforms. Listen now >

CDs will be available after April 26 and may be preordered in North and South America through Valley Entertainment at the link above. For European orders, please go here.

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February 22, 2019

Announcing Kronos Quartet & Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat: Placeless

Kronos is very excited to announce that the Norwegian record label Kirkelig Kulturverksted (KKV), in association with New York-based Valley Entertainment, will release Placeless on March 1, 2019. The CD and digital album are now available for preorder. Preorders include an immediate download of “My Ruthless Companion.”

Placeless is the first collaboration between Kronos and Iranian singers Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat. Recorded in Oslo’s Kulturkirken Jakob in November 2018, the album features 14 songs composed by Mahsa Vahdat to classical poems by Hafez and Rumi and the works of contemporary Iranian poets Forough Farrokhzad, Mohammad Ibrahim Jafari and Vahdat’s husband Atabak Elyasi. Composers Sahba Aminikia, Aftab Darvishi, Jacob Garchik and Elyasi arranged the songs for string quartet.

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February 15, 2019

Kronos receives NEA Grant for Kronos Festival 2019

This week, the National Endowment for the Arts announced more than $27 million in grants that will help provide all Americans with the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts, support local economies, and preserve American heritage while embracing new forms of creative expression. Kronos Performing Arts Association is grateful to receive an Art Works grant to support the organization’s fifth annual self-produced Kronos Festival. Art Works is the NEA’s principal grantmaking program. Learn more >

National Endowment for the Arts logo

We are planning to announce the details of Kronos Festival 2019 soon. It is being held this year on May 30, May 31 and June 1 at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California. This year’s festival artist-in-residence is Valérie Sainte-Agathe, the artistic director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Stay tuned for more…

Concert Schedule

Apr25New York, New York The Town Hall
Apr29Cambridge, MassachusettsMIT Media Lab
May4San Rafael, CaliforniaHoytt Theater, The Osher Marin JCC
May9Sonoma, CaliforniaWeill Hall, Green Music Center
May17San Francisco, CaliforniaExploratorium
May30KRONOS FESTIVAL 2019: Opening NightSFJAZZ Center, San Francisco

Kronos tours often! View all of our venues and dates.

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